Matanaka Farm Buildings

Location, location, location. Perched above the ocean, New Zealand's oldest surviving farm buildings hug the edge of the land. Part of the first farm in Otago, then a remote and sparsely populated corner of the new colony of New Zealand.


Built for well-known whaler and trader John Jones in the 1840s, these are New Zealand's oldest surviving farm buildings. They include a stable, storehouse, granary, schoolhouse, and a three-seater privy (no privacy) The farm buildings are legacy from the days of transition from shore whaling to farming.

Despite its exposed, but very beautiful location, the Matanaka Farm Buildings reflect the tough life faced by migrant families – difficult conditions and resourcefulness in dealing with such isolation.

Closed for lambing - 14 August - 1 October.

Normally: Viewing daily 8am-6pm. Access to the Matanaka buildings is through private property, please stay on the track and do not walk around other parts of the farm. No dogs (even on a leash).

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Physical address

Private Road off Edinburgh Street, Waikouaiti, New Zealand.

Pricing and Conditions

Further pricing information:
Access to Matanaka is through private property so please remain on the track and do not walk around other parts of the farm. No dogs (even on a leash) are permitted on the property at any time. Site may be closed to visitors during high winds for safety reasons.

Opening times

Business hours:
8am - 6 pm daily. Closed during lambing.
Months of operation:
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Oct, Nov, Dec

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