Visit the Fletcher House in Otago

Ever wanted to time travel? Step back into a time where there wasn’t any electricity or labour saving devices. See how your grandparents or great-grandparents lived…  Wonder what it was like to cook for a family on a coal range, or use the outside loo on a freezing winter’s day…  Explore Fletcher House, a 1909 time-capsule of a fully restored Edwardian Villa. Famous as the first house Sir James Fletcher, founder of the Fletcher Construction empire built.

What is the history of the house?

Fletcher House was the very first double bay villa home that Sir James Fletcher built and since the well to-do of Dunedin society spent their summer holidays in Broad Bay, it wasn’t long after the building of Fletcher House, that Fletcher Brothers was established with his brother William after Albert Morris left. The Fletcher Construction Building Company Ltd; began in 1919 when Sir James moved to Auckland. They went on to build NZ’s biggest building/ construction business.

This typical Edwardian villa was built in 1909 by Sir James Fletcher, founder of Fletcher Construction Company Ltd. In December 1990 Fletcher Challenge decided to restore the Fletcher House and open it to the public, making it the first villa in New Zealand to be opened for all to enjoy. It has been fully restored to its former glory and furnished in the style of the period by the Toitu Otago Settlers Museum. The house was built by Sir James Fletcher and his building partner Albert Morris. It was built for Hubert and Agnes Green when they got married. Hubert was the local post master and store keeper. His shop once stood in front of the house next-door.

$10 per person

  • Monday – CLOSED
  • Tuesday – CLOSED
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  • Thursday – CLOSED
  • Friday – CLOSED
  • Saturday – 11:00 to 16:00
  • Sunday – 11:00 to 16:00


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