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.
Summerhouse and Memories garden
View from drawing room