Take a step back in time through the Museum’s new Entrance Building to the pioneering days of the Wairarapa.
The Cobblestones Regional Early Settlers Museum is located in Greytown on the original site of the stables operated by Cobb & Co and the Hastwells to provide a mail and passenger service between Wellington and the Wairarapa from 1866. The Museum's name comes from the well-preserved cobblestone courtyard beside the entrance building and inside the Hastwell Stables.
Historic NZHPT Category 2 listed Wairarapa buildings relocated to the Museum include a Colonial Cottage (Greytown c.1867), Wairarapa's first Public Hospital, (Greytown 1875), Wairarapa's first Methodist church (Greytown 1865), the Donald Woolshed (1858) and the single-teacher Mangapakeha country school which opened in 1902.
The museum also features a display of horse-drawn vehicles, gigs and tradesmen’s vehicles including the ‘Pride of the Valley’ Cobb & Co Coach built in 1906 and used twice a day as the Martinborough to Featherston railway link until 1919 when motorbuses replaced it.
The Printing Works with its vintage printing presses is housed in a former store from Main Street, Greytown. You’ll enjoy your visit!
MUSEUM OPEN: 10:00am - 4:00pm Thursday - Monday. Other times by arrangement.