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Rai Valley Cottage

There are few buildings surviving in New Zealand of this type of construction. The district's first European settler, Charles Turner, built this small, four-roomed cottage in the bush in 1881. He and his wife Matilda and their four children lived here for 28 years. The cottage was built of totara and beech slabs, pit sawn on the site. The roof was shingled and the fireplace constructed of river stones. It is furnished in the style of the 1890/1900 period.

The cottage was given to the Historic Places Trust in 1980 after a previous restoration in the 1960s. Visitors can view the interior at any time through glass observation panels.

Collection Type
Historic Site

Contact Details
Postal address iconPO Box 4403, Christchurch

Visitor Information
Physical address iconOpouri Road, Carluke, Rai Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand
Hours of operation iconDaylight Hours
Charges iconFree

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