Glimpse into Selwyn’s pioneering past

by Anonymous Author

Some of Selwyn’s most historically significant properties will open their doors for this year’s annual Hororata and Beyond Heritage Open Day.

This year’s event will be held on March 12 and will provide a unique opportunity for people to get a taste of the district’s pioneering past by visiting heritage properties and museums in Hororata, Homebush, Glenroy, Glentunnel, Windwhistle and Lake Coleridge.


Properties opening for the day include Gunyah Country Estate, Terrace Station, Homebush Stables, Cotons Cottage and Museum, Washpen Falls, Glentunnel Museum, Steventon (Lady Barkers Homestead), Rockwood Station, The Point Station and St John’s Church in Hororata.

Heritage Open Day organising committee member Karen Meares said many of the properties are generally only open by appointment, so this is a unique opportunity to really explore them at leisure.

“All of the property owners involved with the project are passionate about sharing not only their heritage properties but also the stories of the people who have lived there before them. “Having all of these properties open on one day allows people get a great insight into life in the late 19th century, when the district was the great hope of Canterbury with agricultural and industry development.”

Tickets will be sold at the Hororata Domain from 9am on the day, as there will be no ticket sales at the individual properties. All properties are open from 9am to 5pm. More information can be found at