• One of Kelburn’s first homesteads will soon be up for sale, ushering in a new chapter for a building that has already been converted to a nunnery, a training college and student accommodation.

Built in the early 1900s, the 670 square-metre homestead, which sits on a 1622sqm site, has a rateable value of $2.1 million today.

The owner of the homestead on Ngaio Rd, Heather Ware, said the house was original designed by Scotsman James Bennie, a prolific architect who was also responsible for designing the Paramount Theatre and Oriental Bay Tea Kiosk.


Built in the early 1900s, the property on Ngaio Rd, in Wellington, was once the main house of one of Kelburn’s earliest homesteads.

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