Friday, October 28, 2016

Woodlands Historic Homestead, Gordonton

This beautiful kauri homestead was built in the 1870's. Today it is just a showplace, but originally this homestead was the birthplace of the Anchor brand.
We explored the beautiful gardens and had lunch at what I assume was the cricket pavilion, adjacent to the 19th century cricket oval.
Visit date: 28 October 2016

Saturday, September 24, 2016

White Hart, New Plymouth

The White Hart Hotel was built in 1886, and the iconic life-size white hart was added in 1901.Although no longer a hotel the stunning exterior has been preserved, and we were able to eat in the excellent cafe which makes use of the original courtyard. The Public Catering Company has made this an appealing space, and their food makes it definitely worth a visit.
Visit date: 24 September 2016

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Pah Homestead, Auckland

The Pah Homestead was completed in 1879. At the time, it was on a large farm in the countryside outside Auckland - today known as Hillsborough. It was the largest house in the Auckland area  at the time. Today it is still very impressive, still surrounded by large park-like grounds and is currently an art gallery. The cafe offers excellent food and if you visit on a lovely day, take the opportunity to dine on the large veranda.
Visit date: 26 July 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

Parnell, Auckland

There are many fine old Victorian buildings in the inner suburbs of Auckland. We spent an afternoon in Parnell, enjoying a walk that took in many of the streets that still have their original old houses. To complete the day, we stayed overnight in a "Motel" in one of these old properties. Sadly, it has been extensively changed inside, and the term 'motel' was really overstating the accommodation!
Visit date: 25 July 2016

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Chateau Tongariro Hotel, Whakapapa Village

No visit to National Park could be complete without a visit to The Chateau. Having never dined there before, we visited for a special occasion and were not disappointed. The meals were excellent, and the atmosphere perfect - so unlike anything else in New Zealand. Built in 1929 at the beginning of the great depression, the four story Georgian-style hotel is still magnificent.
Visit date: 20 April 2016

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Putururu Hotel, Putururu

The Putururu Hotel is actually built in the 1950's, but its art deco style deserves to be included in our historic hotel search. It has slipped from its glory days, when it was even thought the Queen may stay. But recent new ownership is promising for a brighter future. We enjoyed a meal in the restaurant.
Visit date:  5 March 2016

Monday, February 22, 2016

Ormlie Lodge, Taradale

Ormlie Lodge was built as a private home in 1899. This marvellous home has been converted into a stunning Lodge, and we enjoyed a very comfortable night there. As the restaurant was not open on a Monday, we took the option of a food platter - a well presented and delicious choice.
Visit date: 22 February 2016

Oruawharo Homestead, Takapau

Rural Hawkes Bay has many old stations, and this homestead is a magnificent example of the former glory of rural NZ. The two storey homestead is made from beautiful native timbers, which the current owners are restoring to their original splendor. The house was abandoned in 1953 following the tragic death of the owner, and bought in 2000 by the current owners, just before it was due for demolition. The result of their hard work, is a stunning home that would have been a real crime to have lost. It is possible to visit and enjoy looking around after relaxing on the verandah with the traditional Victorian cream tea.
Visit date: 22 February 2016

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Tikokino Country Hotel

Hawkes Bay has a number of historic hotels scattered around. The proposed railway was the reason for the Tikokino Hotel to be built in 1864. Like nearby Ongaonga, the prospect of being on the railway line lead to a building boom, but the changed route of the railway meant both townships have dwindled to a few remaining houses. Despite this, the hotel is welcoming with ongoing restorations and a very pleasant stopping place.
Visit date: 21 February 2016