Discover Wellington’s history at Nairn Street Cottage. Built in the 1850s, the building is Wellington’s oldest original cottage and has been restored as a piece of the past. Tour the cottage and gardens to learn about the stories of the early settlers and there’s descendants. The cottage was built by the Wallis family who remained living in the cottage for 3 generations over 127 years. Nairn Street Cottage is particularly special as most of the buildings from Wellington’s early settler history have been lost in earthquakes and fires.