Ferguson's Cottage is a simple gable-roofed structure with a verandah across the front elevation (north), and projecting wing with a pitched roof on the back elevation (south). It is timber famed with vertical board and batten sheathing; the rear wing is rusticated weather-boarding on the south and east walls. The roof is corrugated iron and there was once a brick chimney at the east end which served the fireplace in the living room. A small gable roofed laundry, again clad with vertical board and batten, sits next to the cottage.
Fergusson Cottage was the third structure built at Whakapapa and it is now the oldest remaining building. It provides a tangible link with the early recreational development of Tongariro National Park .
The cottage is registered as a category II historic place by the Historic Places Trust
Photograph by Dave Wakelin