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  Admission is free to all events unless otherwise indicated.


Heritage Gardeners
Heritage Garden Walks and Talks        
We invite you to join us on a garden ramble at the historic Halfway House, discussing heritage plants and their relationship to New Zealand’s colonial settlement. Bring cash for heritage plants and seeds, hand-crafted cards and pure wool baby booties. The House will be open for morning tea. Funds raised go towards plants.
Tuesday 1 October, Saturday 12 October, Friday 25 October.
Historic Halfway House, Glenside Reserve Up the driveway next to Twigland Gardeners World, Middleton Road, Glenside Free entry.
Tuesday 1 October, 11am – midday. Garden guide Clare Gleeson M: 021 646 515
Saturday 12 October, 11am – midday. Garden guide Lorna Webb M: 027 384 8039
Friday 25 October 11am – midday. Garden guide Paul Bicknell M: 021 115 861
Golder Homestead Museum Society (GOLDER COTTAGE)
Celebrating over 170 years of hotels in Upper hutt.
The only known photograph of Upper Hutt’s first hostelry hangs proudly in the lounge at Golder Cottage, 707 Fergusson Drive, and is the focus of this year’s October Heritage Month. James Brown, UH’s first town settler, established the Half Way house around 1848, when he received his Bush Licence for it, offering "long required" accommodation to Wairarapa settlers and travellers. By 1850 it had been renamed the Shepherd Inn and in 1859 it was renovated and enlarged to become the Criterion.Its licence ceased around 1881 and it became a hall and shops, being demolished in 1903. James Brown’s daughter Elizabeth Martin was the mother of Golder Cottage Matriarch Jane Martin, who married John Golder in 1877. Also celebrated is the Quinn’s Post in Ward Street, which has had a continuous Licence for 161 years.
Each Saturday in October (6,13,20,27) and Labour Day (October 28).
Opening hours 1.30-4pm. 707 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt. Admission: Adults $5; students $3, under 5 free.
Yvonne Airey, ph 027 684 3626;
Heritage New Zealand
Pencarrow Light House Tour        
Open to public to join a coach tour from Wellington and Petone to the Pencarrow Lighthouse on the Wellington south coast from Eastbourne to learn about the history of the Lighthouse, enjoy a great day out, bring your own lunch and take in the magnificent views across Wellington Harbour and the Cook Strait.
Saturday 26 October, Labour Weekend.
11am Coach departure from Wellington Railway Station Platform 9 and 11.30am pick at Petone Settlers Museum. Arrive at Lighthouse around noon, depart at 3pm back in Wellington around 4pm. Cost $25 adults; $20 Heritage New Zealand members; 15 and under $15. On line payment required in advance to Heritage New Zealand- 03-0502-0939456-00 mark payment Pencarrow tour and name as reference. Note: Book quickly, Limited places left on tour. Max no 48 seats.
Contact David Watt, Central Region Outreach Advisor, Heritage New Zealand, for advice on seats availability left. Ph 04 494 8322, mobile 027 2466 339, or email
Heritage New Zealand
Upper Hutt (Wallaceville ) Blockhouse Open Day        
Come and view an 1860s Blockhouse built in response to a fear held by local settlers that the conflict between Maori and the Crown over the disputed sale of land in Taranaki would escalate. The Blockhouse is one of the very few of its type remaining in New Zealand. The feared attack never eventuated and the blockhouse later became a police house, courthouse and residence and in more recent decades has been used by many community organisations including scouts, guides and the Upper Hutt Roundtable as a guardian of the building. It sits on an historic reserve and is managed by Heritage New Zealand. The Blockhouse is surrounded by the grounds of Heretaunga College.
Monday 28 October, Labour Weekend.
Between 11am and 2pm Gold Coin entry. Upper Hutt Blockhouse, Blockhouse Lane, off McHardie St, Upper Hutt.
David Watt, Central Region Outreach Advisor, Heritage New Zealand, Ph 04 494 8322, mob 027 2466 339.
Upper Hutt Local History Group
Historical Hotels in the Upper Hutt District
An illustrated presentation by local historian Lynly Yates on historical hotels in the Upper Hutt area that date back to the 19th Century. The talk will also introduce a brochure for a self-guided tour that people can take around the the former sites of these hotels.
Saturday, November 2, 1pm
Upper Hutt City Library, 844 Ferguson Drive, Upper Hutt. Free entry.
Reid Perkins,, ph. 045272130

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For further information please contact WRHPC Chairman, Phil Parnell, 04 479 2239, 021 640 035,