Matanaka reddish-brown pitsawn timber farm buildings across the paddock on a stormy day

Opening Hours

Daily
8.00am - 6.00pm

parking no-smoking

Entry

Free

Address

Private road - Matanaka Drive,
off Edinburgh Street,
Waikouaiti

+64 03 433 1269

totaraestate@heritage.org.nz

A reddish-brown pitsawn timber farm building in a paddock on a stormy day

Aotearoa New Zealand’s oldest surviving European farm buildings are set in an exposed paddock high above the Ōtākou, Otago coast, five reddish-brown pitsawn timber structures stark against a slate-grey sea. Visit the schoolhouse, beautifully simple and unadorned barn, the little storehouse, stables and crowd favourite, three-seater communal privy – the ultimate loo with a view.

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