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Address: 68 Nairn Street | Mount Victoria, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 4-384 9122
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12:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Registered with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust as having...

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.

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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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Interesting small cottage with guided tour

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 October 2016
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Sydney Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 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 tour begins in an annexe to the house and compare we the house's development to... More 

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 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.

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Thank Karina S
Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 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 in the food preparation room. The lady that showed the cottage was super friendly. The... More 

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Thank MarinaMarin
Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 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, the cottage is well worth a visit

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Melbourn, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 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.

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Thank Alison W
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 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 and museum are open free of charge or $8 for a guided tour through the... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2015

Otherwise known as Colonial Cottage museum, the site features a wonderful heritage garden (free to enter at any time) as well as the original home which can be visited on a guided tour (for a fee). Really enjoyed the story of the family, and of the last resident, Winifred, who refused to vacate in 1972 for developers resulting in this... More 

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Thank Lissel A
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2015

I arrived on foot and nearly missed the entrance. I was the only one there so had a tour of the house and garden with a lovely young woman who was very keen to share with me all the mysteries of living a century ago. The garden is beautiful and the story of the houses lucky preservation is fascinating.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2015

My wife and I visited the cottage today. We were given a drink of water when we arrived as it was very hot outside. We were told about the history of the owners before being given a tour of the cottage and garden. The guide was very knowledgeable and made our visit a memorable one. At $8 each it was... More 

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2014

The cottage is within walkable distance from Cuba Street, although the hill climb could be steep for some but well worth the effort unless you go on wheels! The guide was very informative on the historical aspects of the house, and it was a treat to be able to amble around the garden afterwards, see the speckled hens, and possibly... More 

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