Gwavas Garden Homestead


Much of the homestead's history has been preserved due to the
fact that the house had remained uninhabited since the death of
Olga Hudson in 1962. It was only very recently opened up in 2008,
when Phyllida and Stu embarked on the challenge of bringing the
homestead back to life.

Toothbrushes were still in the bathroom, and Olga's books were still gathering dust  in the library. Many pieces of the furniture are still in pristine form, such as the  wardrobes and an original working gramophone. The present day billiard room  contains a full size Burrough and Watts table imported from England in 1899.  You can view a copy of ASG's original letter placing the order for it. Overnight  quests can test their snooker skills on the table.

ASG was also a keen amateur photographer, and his collection of glass plates is a valuable record of New Zealand rural life in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Rupert, ASG's son, was wounded and captured during World War One and spent several years interned in Switzerland. As an officer he was allowed to ski and  receive visits from relatives. His wooden skis and poles from this period are displayed in the billiard room today.

When the house was opened up in 2008, after remaining unoccupied for 46 years, Stu and Phyllida discovered a marvellous collection of vintage kitchen kiwiana.
Gwavas Garden Homestead 5740 State Highway 50, Tikokino, Central Hawke's Bay New Zealand phone +64 6 856 5810 email us
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