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Address: 37 Schischka Road | Wenderholm Regional Park, Waiwera 0873, New Zealand
13:00 - 16:00
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Couldrey House is an historic Victorian-Edwardian family home set in a...

Couldrey House is an historic Victorian-Edwardian family home set in a beautiful garden within Wenderholm Regional Park. A mere 40-minute drive north of Auckland's CBD, this gracious colonial house sits between Wenderholm Beach and the Puhoi river (each a few minutes walk away through pohutukawa glades) or less than a 1 kilometre drive from Waiwera and its famous hot pools. Fully furnished in a mixture of styles reflecting the eras and preoccupations of some notable past owners, the two storey house has nine rooms on display. Visitors are warmly welcomed by one of our volunteer hosts who can provide commentary if requested or alternatively leave you to discover the historic house and grounds at your leisure. Throughout the house there are audio reminiscences about the families that lived here, direct from their descendants. Enjoy some sea air mixed with the fragrance of fresh flowers from the cottage-style garden, familiar (and less familiar) objects from the past, and the old worldliness of an historic house where you least expect to find it.

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enjoyable enclave on a less desirable day, the rain made us run for cover and we found this house, a lot of history to be adsorbed, great for the children

Reviewed 24 September 2016
Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 24 September 2016

enjoyable enclave on a less desirable day, the rain made us run for cover and we found this house, a lot of history to be adsorbed, great for the children

Thank noodlem97
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 23 May 2016

NZ doesn't have much in the way of history so its great to find some we can actually visit. The guide was very helpful and informative and obviously loved the place. The grounds and the beach are a great please to visit too.

Thank RBridget
New Lambton
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 244 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2015

We visited this house on Waitangi Day, and lucked out, as it was free entry, but certainly worth paying the usual $5 entry or more. A gorgeous house, full of wonderful historic furniture and memorabilia, and with a fascinating history. Our 2 volunteer guides were inspirational and passionate about the house, and we could still wander through at our leisure... More 

1 Thank Gregory D
Gisborne, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 January 2015

Visited outside of house opening hours but the gardens were awesome. Saw flocks of kereru up to mischeif!

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Reviewed 23 February 2012

Great to met Joyce and Ron who arebverynenthusiastic and give you an interesting guided tour, great walks in the bush and on the beach too, well worth theb3 dollars entrance fee

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Wauchope, Australia
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Reviewed 7 March 2010

Couldrey House in Waiwera is a historic dream. As former antiques dealers we were facinated with the decor and wonderful furnishings. From the outside the house is of wood with a green roof. You can take a guided tour or wander freely through the house at your own leasure which we did. Nothing worse than being blinded with truckloads of... More 

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