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Colonial Cottage Museum

Get a glimpse into a pioneering New Zealand family at Wellington’s oldest original cottage, Colonial Cottage.

Wellington Partner

Built in 1858, Colonial Cottage is Wellington's oldest original cottage and is home to the story of the Wallis family who lived there for three generations. 

The cottage has now been preserved as a museum and reveals a new exhibition experience that has undergone extensive research to present the lives and events of Wellington's history.

The exhibition features an innovative timeline, revealing what life would be like from 1830-1970. It illustrates the ways in which the first colonial settlers blended their lives from their Victorian homeland with the dictates of a new country.

Outside the cottage is the heritage garden which features plants, fruits, herbs and three heritage chickens. The garden is open anytime to take a picnic and stroll around.

The Colonial Cottage Museum is within walking distance of the CBD and is at the start of the Aro Valley Heritage Trail.

Group tours and education visits are also available on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday by arrangement.



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