Historic Places Mid Canterbury Bus Trip Saturday 22nd September, 2018

Join us for a fun day out visiting these fantastic places:

Trinity Church/ Shand’s Emporium — For those of you who joined our 2015 tour this will be a much anticipated update. Heritage champion Dr Anna Crighton is chairperson of the Trust that owns the Trinity Church. Anna is available to talk and update us on the progress made on this building. Right next door is Shand’s Emporium, another restoration we will be able to view and hear its restoration story.

The Tannery — Shop, eat, enjoy—The Tannery is a boutique shopping centre on the banks of the Heathcote River in Woolston, Christchurch. This old industrial precinct from the 19th century is now home to a retail complex boasting stunning architecture and art, and home to a concentration of boutique shops; a hub of creativity and hospitality, retail, craft and entertainment. You will be able to purchase lunch here, or you may wish to bring some with you.

Ohinetahi - Sir Miles Warren’s Garden—Governors Bay –includes a guided tour, talk and afternoon tea.
Ohinetahi is in a small bay with fine views down the length of Lyttleton Harbour and up to the surrounding hills.
A garden was first made on this site in 1865 by T.H.Potts, New Zealand's first botanist. Potts planted a great variety of exotic trees and shrubs, many of which still stand on the perimeter of the garden. He died in 1888 and thereafter the garden fell into disrepair until it consisted of little more than a lawn around the house.

Sir Miles Warren and Mr and Mrs Trengrove restored the house and began the present garden in 1977. Designed by two architects and an artist, the garden inevitably has a strong frame. The formal garden consists of a number of separate garden rooms of differing style and character arranged about two axis, one running east west and another north south.
On the side of the house there is a formal lawn with curved macrocarpa hedges at the end balanced by a pool and pool house at the opposite end. There is a rose garden enclosed in box hedges, traditional double herbaceous borders leading to a gazebo, a square walled garden planted in colours of red and green, and a walk of pleached hornbeams on stilts leading up to an oval lawn encircled with a hornbeam hedge.

Beyond the poolhouse a potager garden is arranged about a large marble capital and a glasshouse. From the oval and the gazebo, steps lead down to a woodland garden shaded by Pott's original trees with a stream flowing down to the harbour. A swing bridge extends the cross axis to a bush walk.
The garden is accented by architectural fragments and modern sculpture.

9.15am Leaving from outside the Ashburton District Council Building/Courthouse. There is plenty of angle parking.
10.00am Morning refreshments and toilet stop at Rolleston.
10.45am Trinity Church/Shand’s Emporium tour
12 noon The Tannery
2pm Ohinetahi Gardens and afternoon tea
Around 4pm we will depart for Ashburton.

Members $50.00 Non Members $65.00

Contact Julie Luxton


Historic Places Mid Canterbury- Wins “Outstanding Contribution to Heritage” @ Canterbury Heritge Awards 2018

Historic Places Mid Canterbury were announced winners of the Outstanding Contribution to Heritage category at the Canterbury Heritage Awards 2018.

The citation from the Awards website is the following:

"Outstanding Contribution to Heritage

Historic Places Mid-Canterbury generates community awareness, appreciation and retention of historic buildings and sites that have social and heritage value for the Mid Canterbury community.  They have successfully manned regular displays, heritage bus trips, Living Heritage articles in local newspapers, a yearly summer Garden Party in historic surrounds and regular newsletters.  They have now recently introduced the Blue Plaque Project.  This is gaining approval and interest from other heritage groups and building owners throughout Canterbury."

Box 112 Historic Places Mid Canterbury Named As Finalists For The Canterbury Heritage Awards 2018

Box 112 Canterbury Heritage Awards 2018

Outstanding Contribution to Heritage:

Outstanding Contribution to Heritage:

  • Lyttleton Redux (Julia Holden, Artist)
  • Heritage Team (CCC Heritage Team)
  • Historic Places Mid Canterbury, Ashburton


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Historic Places Mid Canterbury Members Only: Garden Party On Sunday February 19th At 2pm

Historic Places Mid Canterbury Garden Party is being held this Sunday February 19th February at 2pm.

"Dainty cakes, fancy treats and fine bone china are also on the agenda."

This is a Member's Only Event, though you can bring a friend-

to reserve a place, venue details etc   RSVP to Marian Martin on 308-8342 or Julie  Luxton on 308-3866.
There is a small charge of $5 each to cover costs.

Historic Places Mid Canterbury “Bus trip up to Hakatere!” On Saturday October 15th (2016)

Bus trip up to Hakatere!

The Hakatere Heritage Buildings
are set in the magic of our backcountry, 20 minutes beyond Mount Somers, up the Ashburton Gorge.
They are a great restoration success story for heritage.

Historic-Places-Mid-Canterbury-Purple-logoOn Saturday October 15th
Historic Places Mid Canterbury
invite you to join them for an afternoon up at Hakatere.
Bus leaves Ashburton at 12.30pm

But this isn't just any ordinary visit to Hakatere! We are going to be hearing some great stories associated with this cluster of buildings directly from the main driver of the project, David Howden. We will tap into David’s head full of history to glean new and interesting facts about these icon buildings. Hear about the projects being undertaken, ie the tin boat and shed, view the killing and skinning shed, and we might even hear about the old stables!

A yummy afternoon tea will be served in the old cook-shop.

A short AGM will follow afternoon tea. We should have you back in Ashburton around 5.30pm.

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Bus leaves at 12.30pm from outside the Ashburton District Council buildings. .
Non members are welcome $20 per person
HPMC Members $15.00 per person

The stone cottage, circa 1862, is now nearing restoration completion. DOC, who manage the site, secured monies for this, the shortfall made up by an enthusiastic committee, who have put in many hundreds of hours of voluntary work and fundraising. The single-men’s quarters also dates from the late 1800’s and DoC has made the lounge into an information room about the Hakatere Conservation Park. Any queries please phone

Julie Luxton on 308-3866 or 027 303 8834

“Anaya Woolshed” (A History) – ” …. Many believe that the original surviving parts of this shed are claim to the oldest surviving woolshed in New Zealand. …”

Anama Woolshed

Anama Woolshed has been added onto over its long lifetime

Anama Woolshed has been added onto over its long lifetime

By Julie Luxton

Let us journey back to 161 years ago and paint a picture in our mind of two pioneering men, squatters from Australia, living in a large woolshed at what is now called Anama.

The woolshed was without doors or windows, no chimney, built from nearby Manuka and thatched on top and sides with cabbage tree leaves. The fire was made in the middle of the floor and at night a blanket was hung up to serve as a door. The year is 1855 and well known pioneer John Barton Acland of Peel Forest sheltered for the night in this very woolshed.

Acland wrote in his diary “Russell and Rogers, with Seward and an Irish shepherd are living, and have been living for twelve months in a large woolshed………   It is a wonder why some people will make themselves so needlessly uncomfortable.” (more…)

HPMC Heritage Event: AEROVIEW 2 pm Sunday July 3rd

You are invited to a social afternoon at


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Sunday July 3rd starting at 2pm

All welcome

Situated just on the outskirts of Ashburton, owners Peter (Mac on the local radio station) and Larraine aeroview entranceMcQuarters have spent their lives gathering fascinating jewels from a by-gone age all lovingly displayed for us to view. Their obsession with all things vintage extends to the colourful collection of antique Edison Phonographs, 78 rpm Gramo-phones, valve radios, vintage Black and White TV’s and classic broadcasting equip-ment. There’s even old radio broadcast consoles, studio microphones from the 40’s, and an example of the first type of NZBC Studio Television cameras used in the pio-neering days of television in New Zealand, the ubiquitous Marconi Mk IV. (more…)