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Nairn Street Cottage

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The admission fee includes a tour of the cottage with an experienced guide who will take you through each room.

Nairn Street Cottage is believed to be the oldest house in Wellington. Built in 1858 by William Wallis, the beautifully presented cottage is rich in history. Visitors can step back in time and learn about the original Wallis family and their descendants, who lived and owned the cottage for three generations. 

Classified by Heritage New Zealand as having ‘outstanding significance’, Nairn Street Cottage is an excellent example of how the first colonials merged their lives from their Victorian homeland with the surrounds of a new country.

The admission fee includes a tour of the cottage with an experienced guide who will take you through each room. You’ll be transported to a time when the early colonial people of New Zealand were establishing a new way of life in a new country. Learn about their daily lives, from washing clothes, cooking and making candles from meat fat,  the guided tour is a fascinating insight into how life was lived in those early times. 

At the rear of the cottage is an authentically presented heritage garden. The garden is full of native plants and vegetables that were used to keep the Wallis family well-nourished and in good health. Complete with a chicken coop appropriately named ‘The Fowl House’, it’s a perfect reflection of how colonial life in New Zealand relied on the garden as the main source of food and for medicinal purposes.

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The cottage visitor centre and heritage garden are ideal for an intimate gathering, offering an enchanting indoor and outdoor setting.  Events up to 30 people cocktail style can be held. More information on Museums Wellington range of unique venues for hire can be found in their brochure in the 'More Info' section or on the Museums Wellington website.

Opening Hours:

Saturday and Sunday: 12.00pm - 4.00pm with tours at 12.00pm, 1.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.00pm.

Admission Price:

Adults: $8 / Children: $4 (4-16 years)
Bookings are essential for all schools and tour groups. 
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