Just off the Highway, the Athenree Homestead is a beautifully restored 125 year-old homestead. Now a council-owned historic reserve, Athenree was the home of early settlers Adela and Captain Hugh Stewart from 1879 to 1906.
Hugh was the brother of George Vesey Stewart, the founder of Katikati who brought over 4000 settlers out from Ireland. One of Katikati’s murals features the homestead as it was in its heyday in the 1930’s, a ‘treasure to be sure.’ It’s been restored by a local trust as authentically as possible. Open first Sunday of every month, 10am - pm.
Open Days: January and February Every Sunday 10am - 4pm. Rest of the year, first Sunday of the month, 10.30am - 4pm. Athenree Road, Athenree. www.athenreehomestead.org.nz