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GREYTOWN – NEW ZEALAND'S FIRST PLANNED INLAND TOWN

GREYTOWN'S HERITAGE SIGN  TRAIL

Greytown Heritage Trust

An hour north of Wellington, New Zealand, on the other side of the Rimutaka Range, is the Wairarapa plain and small town of Greytown – New Zealand’s first planned inland town. Many towns developed haphazardly, their existence and growth determined by the needs of settlers in the area and economic conditions at the time, but not so Greytown.

 

Greytown, along with Masterton, was the dream of a group of early Wellington and Hutt Valley settlers that working class families should be able to purchase their own land. In the late 1840s, Dr Isaac Featherston in his Wellington Independent newspaper called for the establishment of small farms, where the newly constructed bridle track across the Rimutakas entered the Wairarapa plains.

 

This led to the Small Farms Association with Joseph Masters (after whom Masterton is named) on the committee. He envisioned a Wairarapa where the fertile flat lands would be set aside to allow small farms to be established. He thought this scheme would allow villages to flourish, and the occupiers of the small farms would be able to enjoy schools and the ‘blessings of civilized society’. His message found support among the working class Wellington settlers.

 

By mid-1853 land had been purchased from local Maori and the Small Farms Associations rules were settled. There were to be townships, each with 100 one-acre blocks, with 100 40-acre farms surrounding the towns. The townships were to be bought from the Government and surveyed by the Association, who would, in turn, sell land to the members.

 

On or about September 1853 Donald McLean, the Chief Land Purchase Commissioner, bought 40,000 acres from Manihera te Rangitakaiwaho and Ngatuere Tawhirimatea of Waiohine, identified as Tauherenikau No. 4. The township of Greytown was surveyed and purchased by the Small Farms Association from the Government in the 1853-54 period. The location is in the Kuratawhiti Block which is part of the larger Tauherenikau Block. By early 1854 settlers were preparing to take the journey across the Rimutakas to their future holdings. On Thursday 23 March 1854 Thomas Kempton and his party of five arrived to take up land in Greytown, named after Governor Grey. The original town layout and road alignment largely remains today.

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GREYTOWN'S HERITAGE SIGN TRAIL

SIGN TRAIL BROCHURE

This is a self-guided walking trail of around 40 properties that can be done in Greytown using the brochure at right. Greytown's Heritage Sign Trail is reproduced in full below. Use the buttons to skip to the three areas of Greytown.

NORTH GREYTOWN

CENTRAL GREYTOWN

SOUTH GREYTOWN

CENTRAL GREYTOWN

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Greytown Heritage Sign Trail
Greytown Heritage Sign Trail
Greytown Heritage Trust

THE BUTCHER'S SHOP, 67 MAIN ST

FORMER ST ANDREW'S CHURCH FORDELL

Greytown Heritage Sign Trail
Greytown Heritage Sign Trail
Greytown Heritage Sign Trail
Greytown Heritage Trail Sign

FORMER BOROUGH COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 110 MAIN ST

GALLAGHER HOUSE, 86 MAIN ST

Greytown's Heritage Trail along Main Street
Greytown's Heritage Trail along Main Street

KOUKA COTTAGE, 113 MAIN ST

MEMORIAL PARK, KURATAWHITI ST

Greytown's Heritage Trail along Main Street
Greytown's Heritage Trail along Main Street

FORMER BANK OF NZ, 75 MAIN ST

FORMER MASONIC LODGE, 115-117 MAIN ST

SACRED HEART CATHOLIC CHURCH, MAIN ST

ST ANDREW'S CHURCH, 63 MAIN ST

FORMER FORESTER'S HALL, 79 MAIN ST

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NORTH GREYTOWN

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Greytown Heritage Trust
Greytown's Heritage Trail along Main Street

BOYS HOUSE, JELLICOE ST

GREYTOWN'S FIRST SCHOOL HOUSE, 59 MAIN ST

 

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Greytown Heritage Sign Trail, Turkey Red Hotel

THE GREYTOWN HOTEL, 33 MAIN ST

TURKEY RED HOTEL, FORMER BRITISH VOLUNTEER HOTEL, 53 MAIN ST

 

Greytown's Heritage Trail along Main Street
Greytown's Heritage Trail along Main Street

WYETT HOUSE,  12 MAIN ST

SOUTH GREYTOWN

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Greytown Heritage Trust

BEY HOUSE (LUNGA), 119 MAIN ST

THE GREY FOX, 125 MAIN ST

 

Greytown Heritage Sign Trail
Greytown Heritage Sign Trail

BEARD BUILDING, 126 MAIN ST

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Greytown Heritage Sign Trail

ARMSTRONG'S SADDLERY, 174 MAIN ST

 

Samuel Oates Gum Tree, Greytown
Oak Tree on Greytown Heritage Trail
Greytown's Heritage Trail along Main Street

SAMUEL OATES GUM TREE, MAIN ST

WAKELIN HOUSE, 123 MAIN ST

 

SOUTH WAIRARAPA WORKINGMEN'S CLUB, 120 MAIN ST

Elm's Arbor, historic home in Greytown
Elm's Arbor on Greytown Heritage Trail

COBBLESTONES MUSEUM, 169 MAIN ST

DRUMMOND OFFICE, 246 MAIN ST

 

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