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North Canterbury Cob Buildings Field Trip


Sat 8 Nov 2014, 8:30am–5:15pm

Where: Nunweek Park, Harewood Road, Harewood, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Heritage New Zealand is excited to offer a full-day tour visiting two early and significant cob buildings on North Canterbury high country stations – Esk Head Station and Glens of Tekoa Station, where cob experts will provide information and demonstrations on the ancient art of building with earth. A morning tea stop at the historic Hurunui Hotel will include the option of a guided tour of the building.

Esk Head Station Homestead is a rare surviving example of a runholder’s cob cottage. Built in 1863 by runholder Christopher Edward Dampier, the cottage was occupied by farm managers for many years. It is a particularly fine example of early unaltered cob homestead construction in New Zealand. Tour members will also have the opportunity to visit the historic Esk Head Station Woolshed.

The Glens of Tekoa Homestead was built in 1859 by William McRae, ancestor of the current owners. It has thick cob walls, wattle and daub partitions, broad cob chimneys and a large beech verandah. The homestead now houses a family museum. Georgie McRae will provide a demonstration of cob building techniques.

About the trip: This is a full day outing. Tour stops will be under cover, but bring appropriate wet weather gear. The trip will only be cancelled if there are insufficient bookings or if there is an extreme weather event on Saturday 8 November. If the event is cancelled payment will be refunded and you will be informed prior to 8 November.

Saturday 8 November 2014
We will travel together in a hired bus. If you live out of Christchurch and want to join the bus trip at the Hurunui Hotel, you must let us know.

Christchurch Bus Stop
Bus Stop - Nunweek Park, Wooldridge Road, Harewood.
The bus will wait in the MAIN CAR PARK – park on the road please.

8.30am sharp
Depart in bus from Nunweek Park, Harewood. Please be ready to board bus at 8.30am.

9.30am-10.40 am (this is traffic dependant)
Hurunui Hotel: talk; tour of hotel; optional morning tea (cost $8).

Drive to Esk Head Station

Tour/Talk on Esk Head Wool shed and Cob building

12.20 – 1.40pm
Drive to Glens of Tekoa: Eat lunch on the way.

1:40 – 3.20pm
Cob building demonstration, tour of Cob building and museum at Glens of Tekoa with Georgie McRae.

3.20pm – 5.15pm
Drive back to Christchurch.

Times may be adjusted during the day (except main departure time).

Please note:
Bring a packed lunch you can eat on the bus, and afternoon tea to have at the Glens of Tekoa site visit or on the bus home.

You may want to bring a picnic rug, camera, sunblock, hat, and good walking shoes, with appropriate wet weather gear if it is raining. Please bring insect repellent as there may be sandflies in some high country areas

The trip will go ahead rain or shine (only cancelled in the event of an extreme weather event). Most tour stops will be held inside or under shelter.

Contact us
An optional morning tea will be provided by the historic Hurunui Hotel ($8 per person paid at venue). Please email to let us know if you do or don't want morning tea. We need to know exact numbers wanting morning tea before the event.

If meeting us at Hurunui Hotel please also email and let us know.

Please email your cell phone or home phone number to or phone 03 363 1880.

Contact information
If you need to contact us before the tour call 03 357 9613 or email
On the day contact Rosemary on 027 331 6213

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