Peel Forest Station Homestead

Peel Forest-Denistoun Road, Peel Forest

  • Peel Forest Station Homestead.
    Copyright: Graham Carr. Taken By: Graham Carr. Date: 20/02/2010.
  • .
    Copyright: Graham Carr. Taken By: Graham Carr. Date: 20/02/2010.
  • .
    Copyright: Graham Carr. Taken By: Graham Carr. Date: 20/02/2010.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 1 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 314 Date Entered 28th June 1984


City/District Council

Timaru District


Canterbury Region

Legal description

RS 3311 Blk IV Orari SD


This historic place was registered under the Historic Places Act 1980. The following text is the original citation considered by the NZHPT Board at the time of registration.

The original part of Peel Forest homestead was built by Francis Jollie in 1860, and had one floor and attics. The roof was of shingles and pit sawn timber was used from the adjoining bush. The windows, doors and frames were also made from New Zealand timber, shipped to English joiners and re-imported.

There has evolved a two-storied assembly of wooden additions and alterations, all of whose main rooms have a sunny aspect.

At first, the site was in forest. The Peel Forest became a timber milling centre whose people grew in time to appreciate the need to conserve what beauty survived. From about 1880 the Dennistoun family built a much loved home.

Deliberately Jollie built his homestead away from the bleating of sheep and around it beautiful trees have been planted and tended. From below a double row of poplars point the way.

Peel Forest homestead is one of the more attractive of the older country homes noteworthy for its evolution as needs arose.


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Construction Dates

Original Construction
1860 -

Other Information

Please note that entry on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero identifies only the heritage values of the property concerned, and should not be construed as advice on the state of the property, or as a comment of its soundness or safety, including in regard to earthquake risk, safety in the event of fire, or insanitary conditions.