Many British colonist, builders & architects adapted prevailing Victorian fashions into homes far removed from ‘dear old England’. Nostalgia played a large part in colonial architecture around the world, from the Caribbean to Australia & New Zealand. In St Lucia particularly, the ‘Gingerbread’ house – All lacy fretwork verandas, barge-boards & railings – became the traditional style.
Battle Hill Farm House - Near Wellington, on Old Paekakariki Hill Road - Site of one of the last battles between Māori & early colonial forces in the region, Battle Hill Farm Forest Park showcases interesting cross-section of local heritage & environmental restoration. Haven for walking, horse riding, mountain biking, picnicking & camping, Battle Hill is also a traditional New Zealand sheep & cattle farm. (pic-Sally Cutting)
Wellington's Colonial Cottage Museum: temporarily closed for earthquake strengthening. The garden remains open to the public however the cottage building itself will be closed until Spring (2013). Built by William Wallis in 1858, the cottage typifies the elegant late-Georgian style of housing built in Wellington through to 1870. Once reopened you can stroll around the heritage garden at any time and take a tour of the cottage to learn about the lives of these early colonials.