The Devcich Farmstead, has been owned by the Devcich Family for over 100 years. Simun Devcich a first generation migrant from Dalmatia, (part of present day Croatia) traded with the Kauri timber workers and gum diggers who were staying in bush camps in the upper regions of the Kauaeranga valley.
Simun and his team of pack horses, made the long journey up the valley to take the workers supplies. The old trading post buildings are still standing, the store, kauri mill, blacksmith forge, wine shed, stables, tool and wool sheds.
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga (HNZPT) has entered the Devcich Farmstead on the New Zealand Heritage List as a Category One historic place. Category One is only given to historic places that are of special or outstanding aesthetic, archaeological, architectural, historical or cultural heritage significance or value.
Step back in time and take in the history of the original Farmstead, its buildings and chattels. As well as, enjoy a working farm experience with a wide array of animals.
History tours are also available to the public by prior arrangement. Contact us for more information.
A Pioneer's Story
Simun Devcich, arrives to New Zealand from Podgora, Dalmatia and joins a large population of Dalmatian immigrants involved in the gum digging trade in the Thames area.