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The blacksmith shop has a live blacksmith on the Sundays 10-3pm up to Queens Birthday weekend. (Saturdays only happen sometimes)

The shop is open to viewing on all other days.

 

 

 

  Nicol's Blacksmith Story

 

Nicol’s Blacksmith Shop is the only easily accessible ‘authentic village blacksmith’ in New Zealand.
It is located on State Highway 83 right in the middle of Duntroon township.
 
The Nicol’s Blacksmith Shop has been a part of Duntroon life for over 100 years.
      
It's future was uncertain until four local farmers purchased the Blacksmith Shop in 1975. In more recent times, the Nicol’s Blacksmith Historic Trust was formed and ownership was transferred to the Trust. 
            

New Zealand Historic Places Trust’s recent classification as category one, recognizes it is as place of national significance, emphasising its authenticity and importance in telling the story of the role of the horse in the development of this nation. 



Architecturally, the building is typical of the weatherboard construction over an earthen floor. Such buildings are now rare, or were “improved” by adding floors and other luxuries.


It was not built for comfort but for function, and is a great example of the working conditions of that time. It contains many unique items left “in situ” when it closed.

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                           As it used to be.