Image of McCurdy's Castle in its location amongst the bush adjust to the river.

Guided tour of the former site of McCurdy’s Castle

‘Bonnie Glenn’, also known as ‘McCurdy’s Castle’, has legendary status in the Upper Hutt district as the home of former Mayor and colourful character Angus McCurdy and family.

Located across the river from town on a clifftop above the Whakatikei River junction, it was for many decades a well-known local landmark before burning down in 1969. While the site is now overgrown, some evidence of the former farmstead still remains, including plantings. The tour will use numerous photographs and hand-drawn maps to try and re-create a sense of how it once was. Note that access to the site is via a steep track of moderate difficulty; appropriate clothing and footwear required.

Registration of interest appreciated.

Health & Safety

Due to difficult access and uneven ground, this event is unsuitable for the differently abled, young children and frail seniors. A qualified first aider and equipment will be present onsite.

Please wear good shoes and dress for the weather. The tour may be cancelled in bad weather.

Meet at the Whakatikei River pedestrian bridge, access via Cory Jane Grove in Riverstone Terraces. A map and fuller directions can be provided by contacting the email address below.


Upper Hutt


Site Tour
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Event times

11am-12pm Sat 4 Nov


1-2pm Sat 4 Nov


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