Hurworth Cottage

New Plymouth

This 1856 cottage, 8km south of New Plymouth, was built by four-time NZ prime minister Harry Atkinson. The cottage is the sole survivor of a settlement abandoned at the start of the Taranaki Land Wars. It's a rare window into the lives of early settlers.

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