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Cobblestones Museum

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Address: 169 Main Street, Greytown 5712, New Zealand
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+64 6-304 9687
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10:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Cobblestones Museum is located in Greytown on the site of the original...

Cobblestones Museum is located in Greytown on the site of the original Hastwell stables built in 1866. From here horse drawn coaches departed for Wellington and other Wairarapa towns.

The new Entrance & Exhibition Building acts as an introduction to the museum and village and showcases a number of our larger and significant objects in our collection. The new exhibition building tells some of Greytown’s and Wairarapa heritage stories within it, and provides a link to other displays at Cobblestones and the region’s wider history. We also show the strong links to Papawai Marae and the exhibition features two river waka both of which were recovered from farmlands in the South Wairarapa.

Within Cobblestone’s attractive village setting visitors can discover a range of historic buildings, giving an insight into life as it was lived by the Wairarapa’s first European settlers.

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This was one of the best museums of its type I have seen in New Zealand. I thought it was just going to be a small town building - done nicely as one would expect of New Zealand... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Auckland, New Zealand
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136 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of the best museums of its type I have seen in New Zealand. I thought it was just going to be a small town building - done nicely as one would expect of New Zealand. Instead it was fabulous. Laid out as a small village, there was a schoolhouse, chapel, stables, blacksmiths etc. I will have to... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to visit – spent a very enjoyable afternoon there just browsing the all the old equipment and knick-knacks in the village, which is way bigger than I'd ever realised. Highly recommended.

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Leigh36, Public Relations Manager at Cobblestones Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. Do come again we are having a major new exhibit next year which we are working on now. The stories of soldiers during WW1 and the families who were at home in Greytown. More 

Greytown, New Zealand
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great place to bring families. You can also enjoy bringing your own picnic to have in the lovely grounds

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Leigh36, Public Relations Manager at Cobblestones Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Families often come to visit the museum and have a picnic at the same time. Do come again. More 

Australia
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69 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is just the right size for a quick visit with lots of interesting exhibits. As a bonus it is also right next to Schoc Chocolates.

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Leigh36, Public Relations Manager at Cobblestones Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. Do come back again as we are planning a major new exhibition for 2018 revolving around Greytown and the war years called Soldiering On. This will focus on local stories of soldiers and the people left at home. There will also be a significant public events programme. Trip Advisor reviews are very important to... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great, spacious museum. Gives a good understanding of what life was like for early immigrants to the region. Deceptively large area so you need to give yourself an hour to look around.

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Leigh36, Public Relations Manager at Cobblestones Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. We work hard to make sure you have a great visitor experience. The museum is run entirely by volunteers with no government funding so reviews by visitors are really important for us. We are working on a major new exhibition starting in 2018. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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72 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Good explanation of things you are seeing together with a plethora of artifacts to see. Lots of variety - sheep shearing, plowing, school, hospital as well as a couple of houses. These are buildings moved from their original locations to this new location but done a large block (section, plot) so there is plenty of room for them to be... More 

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Leigh36, Public Relations Manager at Cobblestones Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review it means a lot to us. We are run entirely by volunteers and our goal is to be the best "small museum" in New Zealand. More 

BC
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102 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Cobblestones Museum is made up of a whole village tucked in behind a new (2014) Exhibition Building. It's a peaceful garden setting - owned and operated by volunteers - filled with artifacts and buildings from days gone by that tell a story of the history of the Wairaraoa area. When I walked into the school, I felt immediately at home... More 

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Leigh36, Public Relations Manager at Cobblestones Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review it means a lot to us. We are run entirely by volunteers and our goal is to be the best "small museum" in New Zealand. More 

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47 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Interesting museum, some lovely old buildings & machinery here. A nostalgic walk down memory lane. I spent a month in shearing sheds when I was 15 so it was good to see the old stuff in the shearing shed especially the double action press. There is lots here for everyone.

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Leigh36, Public Relations Manager at Cobblestones Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review it means a lot to us. We are run entirely by volunteers and our goal is to be the best "small museum" in New Zealand. More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

We ve passed cobblestone museum numerous times Never stopped. To busy.today we stopped. So glad we did, it's really worth it,take a packed lunch take your time. Enjoy. We ll be . back there's a lot to see

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Leigh36, Public Relations Manager at Cobblestones Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review it means a lot to us. We are run entirely by volunteers and our goal is to be the best "small museum" in New Zealand. We are always happy to have visitors have a picnic in the grounds. Watch out for a major new exhibition starting Nov 2018. More 

Sydney, Australia
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127 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

This Museum is bigger than first appears from the street. Whilst the front part of the museum is accessed through a modern building, it opens up to a small historic village at the back, with well maintained buildings stuffed full of period fixtures and fittings, clothing, machinery and furniture. The museum does a great job of telling the story of... More 

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Leigh36, Public Relations Manager at Cobblestones Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review it means a lot to us. We are run entirely by volunteers and our goal is to be the best "small museum" in New Zealand. We are always happy to have visitors have a picnic in the grounds. Shoc Chocolates is one of NZ leading leading chocolate producers we are so happy to... More 

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