Miss Bell's Log Cabin
Maruia River, Maruia Springs
List Entry Information
List Entry Status
List Entry Type
Historic Place Category 2
Private/No Public Access
17th December 1993
Extent of List Entry
Extent includes part of the land described as Pt Sec 2 Square 182 (NZ Gazette 1994 p 63), Nelson Land District, and the building known as Miss Bell's Log Cabin thereon. [In 2013 Heritage New Zealand was alerted to the fact that this building has largely collapsed.]
West Coast Region
Pt Sec 2 Square 182 (NZ Gazette 1994 p 63), Nelson Land District
Miss Bell's Log Cabin is located approximately 350 metres north east of Maruia Springs, at the edge of the bush where it meets the south bank of the Maruia River.
This historic place was registered under the Historic Places Act 1980. This report includes the text from the original Proposal for Classification report considered by the NZHPT Board at the time of registration.
Constructed of whole beech logs from the surrounding forest, this cabin was built in 1931 by a local man for his new bride. It was then owned and occupied by Miss Myrtle Bell, an infant teacher and well-known Reefton identity, from 1937 until her death in 1987. The log cabin has a shingled roof, stone fire place and rustic portico and is a notable feature of the Lewis Pass area. It has a certain rarity by New Zealand standards and is a building type more commonly associated with North America.
A copy of the original report is available from the NZHPT Southern region office.
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.