Gunyah homestead at Glenroy will be the highlight of a bus day trip being organised for Sunday October 12 by Historic Places Mid Canterbury.
The homestead suffered serious earthquake damage in 2010 and 2011 when chimneys collapsed. However all restoration has been completed and Gunyah now offers boutique accommodation and meals. A talk by the owner on the history of the estate will follow lunch, with time to explore the woodland gardens, parts of the homestead and out buildings.
The second stop is at Hororata to visit Coton’s Cottage and Museum. Built in 1864 from locally sourced clay and tussock, it was restored to the original specifications in 1978 by the Hororata Historic Society. Coton’s cottage was extensively damaged in the earthquakes, but restoration is now complete.
Organiser Julie Luxton said visiting heritage buildings was a great way to promote heritage, and offer a relaxing day jaunting around the countryside to all interested. A number of seats on the bus are still available at $55 per person including lunch. To book a seat you can contact Julie on (03) 308-3866.