Athenree Homestead was built by Irish settler/pioneers Hugh and Adela Stewart in 1879 and was a working farmhouse for 30 years. It is now in the hands of a charitable trust. The Homestead played an important role in the history of Athenree and Katikati – the whole area being part of a planned Irish settlement.
Today the homestead is being opened especially for us to view. With the addition of five extra rooms the house has been completed to its original layout.
We will enjoy a hot lunch together at the onsite station café which is being prepared especially for us. This kauri building was gifted to the Homestead property several years ago and has been extensively renovated. The station was previously located in the Athenree Gorge and was relocated (eventually to the Homestead site) when the railway line was closed in 1978.
This is a private opening for us. We will be the only ones at the homestead and café today.
Door to door transport, morning tea, lunch and entry to the homestead
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