On a windswept, seaside cliff Johnny Jones, an ex-convict turned whaler, farmer, businessman and settler, established the Matanaka Farm Buildings in the 1840s to cater for the needs of Otago’s early settlers. The oldest farm buildings standing in New Zealand, constructed of timber and with their original corrugated iron roofs, come complete with a three-seat privy.
Turn off State Highway 1 north of Waikouaiti, onto Edinburgh St, follow private road to carpark. Access to the Matanaka buildings is through private property, please stay on the track and do not walk around other parts of the farm. No dogs (even on a leash) are permitted on the property.
The site is strictly closed 12 August - 1 October during lambing, and on Christmas Day.