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WELCOME TO BUSHTOWN HERITAGE SITE

in Waimate, South Canterbury

Bushtown Heritage Site is a window into the last 150 years of bushman and early settler communities of Te Waimatemate

The site is a visitor attraction recreating the mighty Tōtara tree forest, showcasing life of the era through bushman's huts and early Edwardian township "Main Street", a working steam operated vintage sawmill and a miniature steam train rail under development


UPCOMING EVENT DATES

BUSHTOWN WAIMATE AGM

Sunday 31st July 2022 at 2pm
Waimate Bowling Club (Victoria Park, Waimate)
All welcome


Guest Speaker
Ian Sandford
"History of the Big Little Rail"

A fascinating account of the origins of the unique 10 1/4" guage rail with steam engine "Little Toot" and petrol engine "Bluebottle"
Originated in Kakanui and then run for many years in Christchurch and now at Bushtown Waimate Heritage Site

STEP BACK IN TIME TO THE BUSHMAN'S ERA

Heritage Tōtara Forest Planting

The mighty Tōtara was a prized species for the early European bushman who settled in Waimate in the mid 1800’s. They were drawn to the area due to the abundance of Tōtara timber available for the development of settlements and infrastructure in the surrounding regions.

The Tōtara lumber sourced from the Waimate area quickly gained a reputation for quality and was often shipped to many parts of New Zealand as well as overseas.

The Bushtown Heritage Forest Project sets out to recreate the mighty Tōtara forest that once adorned the Waimate District landscape.  Individuals, families, interest groups or companies now have the opportunity to participate in this project by planting their own commemorative Tōtara tree on designated areas within the Bushtown Heritage Park.

PLANT YOUR OWN TŌTARA TREE

STEAM UP DAY 2021

Check out a fly over of Steam Up Day 2021!

 

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