Historic Acheron Homestead

The oldest surviving building within Molesworth Station is the historic Acheron Accommodation House.  It was constructed in 1862-63 by cob builder Ned James, and it was used until 1932 by stockmen and travellers on the inland route between Nelson and Christchurch.  The house was one of six rest places providing shelter and meals on the six day journey.

Archeron Homestead, at the confluence of the Clarence and Archeron Rivers

Acheron Homestead, at the confluence of the Clarence and Acheron Rivers

 

Acheron Homestead, constructed of cob with a thatched roof, now protected by corrigated iron

The Homestead, constructed of cob with a tussock-thatched roof, now protected by corrugated iron.  The building is maintained by the Department of Conservation, which administers Molesworth Station.

 

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The construction  (click once to enlarge image, twice to enlarge again)

 

Homestead from the     side, with protected outdoor oven

Homestead from the north-western side, with protected outdoor oven

 

Outdoor oven

Outdoor oven

 

Indoor cooking

Indoor cooking

 

Kitchen

Kitchen showing thatched roof and sod walls

 

Verandah looking towards

West-facing verandah looking across the Clarence Valley

 

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East-facing front of the homestead

 

View up the Clarence Valley from the Acheron Lookout Loop Track, starting and finishing at the homestead

View up the Clarence River from the Acheron Lookout Loop Track, starting at the homestead

 

On the road back to Hanmer, loking across the theClarence River

Leaving the homestead on the way  to Hanmer, looking back across the Clarence River

 

Archeron Homestead is 25km north-east of Hanmer, via Jollies Pass Road

Acheron Homestead is 25km north-east of Hanmer (click once to enlarge)

The road over Jacks Pass is gravel and can be icy in winter.  The road over Jollies Pass is not maintained and is suitable for high vehicles only.

Click here for a Department of Conservation brochure on Molesworth Station.

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