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Matanaka Farm Buildings

Dating from the 1840s, these are the oldest surviving farm buildings in New Zealand. They include a stable, storehouse, granary, schoolhouse and privy, built for well-known whaler and trader Johnny Jones. He bought a whaling station in 1838, and when the supply of whales declined, established a farm at Matanaka in 1843 and became one of Dunedin's leading merchants.

Situated in a spectacular coastal yet still rural setting, Matanaka provides a very pleasant opportunity to experience an historic site. Two interpretative panels explain its history.

Collection Type
Historic Site, Open Air, Agriculture

Contact Details
Postal address iconPO Box 4403, Christchurch

Visitor Information
Physical address iconPrivate Road off Edinburgh Street, off State Highway 1, Waikouaiti, Otago, New Zealand
Hours of operation iconDaylight hours
Charges iconFree