Central Hawke's Bay Historic Homesteads

Central Hawke’s Bay's early pastrolists created vast farming stations and built beautiful homesteads.  Today that history is still on display with some wonderfully preserved historical homesteads and gardens, many of which offer tours, afternoon teas and accommodation.

Take a couple of days and dive into some early New Zealand history by visiting Central Hawke's Bay's historic homesteads, many of which have been lovingly preserved to represent an era gone by.

Oruawharo Homestead, Takapau
379 Oruawharo Road, Takapau

History
In 1879 Oruawharo Homestead had just been completed for Sydney Johnston and his bride Sophia Lambert and was the heart of a mighty 27,000 acre station.  It was saved from the brink of demolition in 2000 by Peter and Dianne Harris who, lovingly and respectfully, have recreated the homestead. Apart from the removal of the servants wing,it stands today almost exactly as it did 136 years ago.

Offerings
With the addition of St Vincent’s Chapel and luxury accommodation, Oruawharo is an exceptional wedding venue and highly versatile function space.  For those wanting to explore and experience the homestead - High Tea at Oruawharo is a must do and Oruawharo produce their own range of teas to try and buy.

Chapelwick Coastal Estate and Historic Chapel, Porangahau
482 Hunter Road, Porangahau

History
Chapelwick has a proud history that dates back to the first colonial ships and the establishment of the magnificent Porangahau Station in 1854.  George Hunter was the first to build an ancestral family home and the family chapel was built in the 1870’s.  Later, like many homesteads, the original building burned down but was rebuilt in 1920. The property remained in the Hunter Family until 1986 and Chapelwick is currently owned by Deboarh, Sandra and Pat who love welcoming visitors and sharing the history of this special place.

Offerings
With five suites Chapelwick is able to accommodate up to 12 guests - it’s a great ‘getaway’ and base to explore the area. The historic chapel means Chapelwick is ideally suited for weddings and groups are able to book lunch, Devonshire morning or afternoon teas or private dinner parties.

Woburn Homestead, Waipukurau
216 Hatuma Road, Waipukurau

History
Woburn Station was originally 13,000 acres and was bought by Daniel Riddiford and Thomas Purvis Russell in the mid 1800’s, Thomas married and the new homestead was built for him and his bride in 1860.  Woburn Homestead has been beautifully resorted by the current owner Heatha Edwards and is now a real step back into Victorian country living.

Offerings
If you’re after a bit of pampering and something a little bit special, Woburn Homestead is ideal. Wobrun offers luxury accommodation and can cater for wedding, photo shoots, cocktail parties, special occasions, catered functions, retreats, formal dinner parties and private events.

Wallingford Homestead, Porangahau
2914 Porangahau Road, Porangahau

History
The Homestead itself was originally built for the Hon J D Ormond in 1853 and remains in the family to this day.  By 1905 Wallingford was a prosperous and well-developed sheep and cattle station of some 34,000 acres and in 1917 a new wing was added to accommodate the growing family and number of servants. Wallingford Homestead is believed to be the largest single story dwelling in the Southern Hemisphere.

Offerings
A wonderful option for events, or weekends away with friends and family. Wallingford can accommodate up to 12 couples comfortably and the living areas cater comfortably for groups of up to 70 people and for larger functions the extensive lawns accommodate marquees with ease.  

Gwavas Garden and Homestead, Tikokino
5740 State Highway 50, Tikokino

History
In 1856, Eton scholar and veteran of the Crimean war, Major George Gwavas Carlyon left his family home of Tregrehan, Cornwall and, with his wife Mary, set sail for New Zealand.  Arthur Spry Gwavas Carlyon (A.S.G) who was the second eldest son farmed Gwavas after his father, laid out gardens in the 1880s and built the present day homestead - the third to be built on the property - in 1890.  The property has remained with the Carlyon family until today.

Offerings
Gwavas Garden is open anytime by appointment and open for visitors off the street from Labour Weekend.  Gwavas has a fully equipped commercial kitchen and so is a great setting for weddings, tour groups and larger functions. For those wanting to stay a little longer, the Swinhoe suite with a king sized four poster bed is available, as well as two other rooms, one with twin beds, the other with a queen sized bed.

Ashcott Homestead, Tikokino
2318 State Highway 50, Ashley Clinton

History
The Homestead started life in 1860 when English brothers John and Walter Tucker named it Ashcott, after their Somerset birthplace.John settled in the house with his wife Marie, changed his name to A’Deane to get her bequest and went on to be a member of the Hawke’s Bay Provincial Council. Towards the end of the century, the single-storey bungalow was transformed into a two-storey villa using local totara timber. 

Offerings
Ashcott Homestead has wonderful bed and breakfast style accommodation offerings with three rooms available year round. The beautifully appointed bedrooms have private bathrooms; one with claw foot bath and shower, the other with shower only. All bedrooms offer very comfortable beds, wifi, electric blankets, heating, guest bathrobes and quality bedlinen and towels.