About Athenree Homestead
Athenree Homestead was built by Irish settler/pioneers Hugh and Adela Stewart in 1879 and was a working farmhouse for 30 years up to their departure in 1906. It played an important role in the history of Athenree and Katikati - the whole area being part of a planned Irish settlement.
After the Stewarts’ departure the property had various owners and the house became derelict. Concerned residents in the area formed a Trust to restore the home to its original state and fundraising and restoration work has continued for many years.
Over the past two years the rear of the building - consisting of several rooms - was completely rebuilt.
The old Athenree Railway Station was moved to the site and restored and the grounds and roadside gardens were established.