The Tunneller’s Cottage owners have for a number of years been dedicated to the retention, maintenance and preservation of the cottage. A thorough research project provided a good understanding of the history of the cottage and resulted in authentic restoration
. Originally built as a tunnel day hut during the construction of the Otira tunnel the cottage continues to tell an important part of a story in Canterbury history. The owners of Tunneller’s Cottage have carefully restored it to a family living space similar to its original purpose, one that retains its heritage character and reflects its history.