"Small settlement, worth a visit." Glentunnel by kiwi

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Small piece of NZ's history.

This lovely little round brick building has visual appeal and history to boot! Built in 1886 it is one of only 4 old buildings in the country still being used for it's original purpose!! That is library and postal agency.

Opening Hours
Mon - Fri 9.00am - 11.00am

Library only
Mon 6.00pm - 7.00pm

From the library you can take a walk around the historic features of Glentunnel. I'll list those features:
Built in 1908 and used to be the Odd Fellows (Lodge) Hall. Now the museum.
Railway. Opened 1875, providing vital link to Darfield, for coal, Clay, Sand, Produce and Passengers. Now closed.
Tile Brick & Pottery Works. From where the Library bricks and tiles came.
Stables.For the mine's Pit Ponies and Draft Horses.
Surveyor's Gully. Tramway line 1 1/4 miles used to pull the coal trucks out of the mine. Drafts horses did this work.
The Tunnel. Built to avoid a troublesome landowner, and to transport coal. 15 chain long.
Coalmine. Opened in 1872 and closed in 1938.

Cute small round building.

Isn't this the cutest little library you ever saw. And how amazing to find the little dog sitting patiently outside while his Mum picks a book inside. Now look also, and see that they still get their milk in bottles here, see the empty bottles in the crate waiting for the milkman to deliver!!

Homebush Bricks on show.

Very interesting feature bricks on this small building.

Between 1872 and 1938 a coal mine operated in the area providing work and no doubt contributing to the development of a settlement here. As well during the 1870's and longer, a Tile Brick and Pottery works operated, specialising in ornate chimney pots and tiles. Many of the special tiles are featured on the Library building. A fine 'advertisement' for the pottery I'm sure!!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Quaint with a bit of history.
  • Cons:No glitz, glamour or fastfoods - not a con at all!
  • In a nutshell:Tiny settlement en route to the mountains.
  • Last visit to Glentunnel: Apr 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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