Restored birthplace of John Ballance, 14th Premier of New Zealand. We are a registered charity solely funded by donations, events and visitors to the House. We are open to the public (for opening times please refer to Visitor Information). Clubs and societies aremmost welcome (contact us to arrange a tour) or host your event with us in our lovely grounds or restored Cottage Room.
The Farmhouse has been restored to include an exhibition area, an audio-visual display, a library and guided tours every Sunday during our open season and at our main events.
The Parlour houses the original fireplace and has been furnished in the style of 1850.
Come up for a tour and enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea in our Tea Barn in one of the restored 19th century barns and take in the lovely surrounding countryside.
Group visits are welcome all year round. We re-open for public visits on Sun 2 April 2017. Our four annual events showcase local homemade crafts, the Parlour is open, and children's craft activities are organised. All proceeds go to the Ulster New Zealand Trust for upkeep of The Ballance House as we do not receive any funding.
Groups and schools are most welcome by arrangement. We celebrate and commemorate historical events such as Anzac Day and Waitangi Day.
Currently recruiting volunteers....
New volunteer roles available in the areas of Museum Development and Marketing.
The Ulster New Zealand Trust runs The Ballance House farm museum and relies on its enthusiastic and committed team of volunteers. There are a number of different roles you could help us with to enhance the enjoyment of our visitors. If you would like to gain some experience working in a historic property, drop us an email.