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Nairn Street Cottage

68 Nairn Street | Mount Victoria, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-384 9122
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Twice climbed the hill and twice closed.

Made sure to check the web site, but once again opening times were not as advertised so check... read more

Reviewed May 31, 2017
andrea t
Nice historical cottage

We had a personal tour through the cottage and garden. It was interesting to hear the story about... read more

Reviewed February 11, 2017
Diane K
Chicago, Illinois
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Registered with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust as having 'outstanding significance,' Nairn Street Cottage was built by William Wallis in the 1850s as a home for his family. It is Wellington's oldest original cottage and tells the story of the Wallis Family, who lived in the cottage for three generations. Admission includes a tour of the clapboard cottage and the stunning heritage gardens, where the story of these early settlers and their descendants is brought to life. Open hours: Summer season; January-March 2016: Open daily, with tours at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm. Winter season, March-December 2016: Tours at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm every Saturday and Sunday. Closed: Monday-Friday.
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68 Nairn Street | Mount Victoria, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
+64 4-384 9122
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Reviewed May 31, 2017

Made sure to check the web site, but once again opening times were not as advertised so check carefully. Very disappointed.

Thank andrea t
Reviewed February 11, 2017

We had a personal tour through the cottage and garden. It was interesting to hear the story about the generations of the family that lived in the cottage that was built by their patriarch. I liked the fact that they mostly only had furniture and...More

Thank Diane K
Reviewed February 6, 2017

We were fortunate to have two excellent guides to this small cottage dating from the 1850's. The house was built by William Wallis, from Royston, Hertfordshire in 1858. He was a builder and also a carpenter. Much of the furniture was constructed by him.He used...More

Thank malholme
Reviewed January 20, 2017 via mobile

Important note: the museum opens at 12pm! (We arrived at 11, and found a good coffee shop a 5 minute walk away called Coffee Supreme) As for Nairn Street Cottage, We had a warm welcome from the young lady who was running the museum, and...More

Thank redjasper
Reviewed October 5, 2016

Nairn cottage is a small cottage with some of the previous original furniture. The cottage is on a steep street so getting a taxi or driving would be a good idea. Tours are held at set times, mostly on weekends so check the website. The...More

Thank westernsydney
Reviewed July 29, 2016

It was great that tours are guided as we found learning about the history of the family who built the cottage very interesting. The cottage has been taken back to its early days so you can see how the family lived.

Thank Karina S
Reviewed June 13, 2016

The Colonial Cottage Museum is a good option for rainy days, but can be a bit wet to visit the garden. I totally recommend the tour, is very informative about how was old days life. I just got a bit frightened by the stuffed rabbit...More

Thank MarinaMarin
Reviewed February 6, 2016

beautifully preserved house and a lovely garden landscaped to look just as it did 150+ years ago with some heritage plants. our guide Judy was wonderful and took us around explaining the interesting history family and history of wellington. a short walk from the cbd,...More

Thank DaniMoore2015
Reviewed February 2, 2016

Fascinating personalised tour of this lovely old house. Judy the guide, and Nicky were really keen to make our visit rewarding and gave us generously of their time.

Thank Alison W
Reviewed January 6, 2016

So good to see this piece of history was saved from the developers. Shame it is surrounded by so many apartment blocks on the same side of the road. Quite a few lovely cottages still there on the other side of the road. The gardens...More

Thank mav_nz
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September 5, 2015|
Response from Caroline D |
Hi, you can walk to the Colonial Cottage from central Wellington. From Dixon Street, for example, it might take you around 30 minutes. Note there is a short and steep uphill section from the top of Willis Street up Nairn... More