TERRACE STATION at HORORATA, Canterbury - sharing colonial stories.
This homestead and garden date from the 1850s when the property was owned by the Studholme brothers. In 1861 John Hall bought the station and, together with his land to the west, called his property Rakaia Terrace Station. It included large terraces on the north bank of the Rakaia River. During the next forty years additions were made to the original three roomed house which had come pre-cut from Australia.
The extensive garden area of about 1 hectare has adapted from the Victorian formality of earlier times to a relaxed, easy care style, with mass plantings of bulbs and woodland perennials. The original layout is still in evidence, and there are many interesting trees including a medlar, gingko, hornbeam, celery pine and evergreen oaks.
Responsibility for maintaining the NZHPT category I homestead, the NZHPT category II woolshed, and associated farm buildings of the 19th century now rests with the Terrace Station Charitable Trust.
Groups of between 15 - 50 people can visit, by prior arrangement, morning or afternoon; but not usually during the months of May, June and July. You are welcome to bring your picnic lunch to have in the garden.
Take a peek inside
Option 1 - Adults: $20.00 per head. Children: no charge
You are able to look into the front rooms of the homestead and on display will be early photos and some property information. You will hear some of the significant history of the property and of the Hall family. Sir John Hall was the parliamentary advocate for the Women’s Suffrage Movement. New Zealand was the first country in the world where women could vote in parliamentary elections. This happened in 1893. You can go into what was Sir John’s 1896 office where there are many political papers and books. Also for viewing is a collection of memorabilia from the 1906 Christchurch International Exhibition. In the Carriage House, the Hall family 19th century horse-drawn vehicles are able to be viewed and Richard Foster’s collection of vintage and veteran cars.
New in 2016: The Children’s Room has displays of books, toys, educational and other items that were used by the four generations of children who have called Terrace Station ‘home’.
New in 2017: A tree walk winds beneath 19th century Sequoias, Douglas fir, Quercus ilex and other species.
New in 2018: The garden ‘summer house’ is a display area for garden and other tools, and various other items.
New in 2019: The 1885 purpose-built Swaggers Hut and the 19th century ploughman’s caravan are able to be viewed. Information is provided within them.
Allow one and a half to two hours for your visit. Chairs are available if you wish to bring a picnic. Tea and coffee, but no food, can be provided for an extra $3.00 per head.
Option 2 – Adults: $12.00 per head. Children: no charge
You are able to look into the front rooms of the homestead and on display will be early photos and some property information. You will hear some of the significant history of the property and of the Hall family. The Children’s Room and Summer House will be open. A tree walk winds beneath 19th century Sequoias, Douglas Fir, Quercus ilex and other species. Allow a minimum of one hour. Tea and coffee can be provided for an extra $3.00 per head.
Please note: the Carriage House and John Hall’s office will not be open.
Option 3 – Adults: $5.00 per head. Children: no charge
For those who want a garden only visit, but cannot come on the spring open days, groups of 20 – 50 people are welcome and the talk will focus on the history of the garden rather than on the farm and family. There will be information on the tree planting and garden development. You can have a guided tree walk and there may be plants for sale. You can bring your own tea or lunch to have on the lawn, or a cup of tea or coffee can be provided for an extra $3.00.
Garden only visits with no booking required - Adults: $5.00 per head. Children: no charge
On one Sunday in March, April, August, September, October and November the garden can be visited. Check here for more details.
Contact Kate Foster, phone 03 318 0756; email: email@example.com
If you are unable to come out to Hororata, Kate is available to talk, during the daytime, to groups in Christchurch or nearby and share some of the stories of Terrace Station.