A Central Otago landmark on the market

The former Earnscleugh homestead on an historic South Island pastoral station – which once hosted numerous balls and garden fetes over the years – is on the market and is being sold by private treaty by March 17.

Earnscleugh Station Homestead with grass in the foreground.
The Category 1 Earnscleugh Station Homestead. Photo: Shellie Evans 2021 Flickr CCBY-NZ-ND 2.0.expand/collapse

This eight-bedroom Central Otago property has four living areas, two kitchens and other fine features, providing plenty of space for guests and entertainment.

Designed by prominent New Zealand architect Edmund Anscombe, Earnscleugh Homestead has a Category I heritage listing. Anscombe is also well-known for his design work in Wellington and Dunedin, including the clock tower block at Otago University, and the 1940 New Zealand Centennial Exhibition in the capital. Earnscleugh Homestead was heritage listed in 1997.

The homestead was initially part of the 21,000ha Earnscleugh Station, before being sold with a much smaller amount of land to gold miners Mintago Investments Ltd. The company’s Earnscleugh flats gold mine development closed in 2015, and orchardist Con van der Voort bought the homestead with almost 400ha of land in 2016.

Heritage New Zealand reported on the heritage listing of the Earnscleugh goldmining tailings as a Category 1 historic place, in the Spring Heritage Quarterly, in 2021.

The Van der Voorts subdivided the Station property with much of it planted in apple trees. The family has decided to sell the homestead in the hope that a new owner will restore it so it can remain as a significant community asset. 

Agents for the property report that the homestead needs a lot of restoration work but the wood panelling, a significant interior feature, is in very good condition because of Central Otago’s dry climate.

The homestead grounds include outbuildings, a stables and work shed.

Earnscleugh homestead is well placed for travel, a five minute drive to Clyde and to Alexandra, 30 minutes from Cromwell and just an  hour’s drive to Queenstown International Airport.

- David Watt