Looking out towards the coast from a bush-clad ridge in the midst of Taranaki farmland, lies Hurworth Cottage. Open by arrangement for guided tours, it has links to many significant stories in Taranaki, from political leaders, to conflict over land, and even to the well-known Govett Brewster Art Gallery.
Hurworth Cottage is a small two-storey building built in the 1850s. Access to the building requires a small step on to the veranda. The upstairs mezzanine is only accessible via a steep staircase with a limited handrail. Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair access to Hurworth Cottage, however our visitor hosts can share the history of our site from the veranda.
Food and Drink
Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic with them to enjoy in our grounds. Please remember to take all food and waste with you. Our lawns are the perfect spot to setup a picnic rug. We also have one picnic table available and limited bench seating on the verandah.
This is a smoke and vape free site.
Children and whānau
Both inside and out, there are things for kids to discover. Inside explore the small cottage. Can you find the graffiti? What’s your favourite piece?
Outside, there is plenty of room to stretch little legs. Speak to our friendly staff about activities for use in the garden.
Things to remember
We care for some important taonga (treasures) in our collection and our heritage buildings have lived a long life, so some rooms or items in the house may be off limits at times for conservation and maintenance.
Some rooms may be dimly lit depending on the weather and time of year.
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is proud to be part of the Safe Space Alliance, offering safe and inclusive spaces that welcome and support the LGBTQI+ community.
A safe space is a space where the LGBTQI+ community can freely express themselves without fear. It is a space that doesn’t tolerate violence, bullying, or hate speech towards the LGBTQI+ community.