Mona Vale Homestead

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Daytime restaurant and function centre for hire

Mona Vale Homestead is reopening in November 2016 and will again be open to the public of Canterbury as a cafe, and function, wedding, event venue





63A Fendalton Road, Fendalton, Christchurch 8014

Postal Address

PO Box 59, Rangiora, 7440


Enquiries through Continental Event Hire & Catering; 0800-426-684;


The land itself was originally part of the estate belonging to the Deans (one of the first settler families of Christchurch). Mr and Mrs Waymouth landscaped and developed the property just prior to the turn of the century. Known as Karewa in those days, it was purchased in 1905 by Annie Quayle Townend who renamed the property Mona Vale after her mother's birthplace in Tasmania. She acquired additional land which she then developed extensively, adding a variety of trees and shrubs. Her occupancy also saw the additions of the Fendalton Road Gatehouse, the Bath House and Fernery. The estate was sold on her death in 1914. Mona Vale then had a succession of owners until 1939 when it was purchased by Tracey Gough. He had the lily pond installed and orchestrated the planting of the property in the rhododendrons, azaleas and exotic trees that give Mona Vale so much of its character today. By the mid 1960s, plans were announced to demolish the historic homestead and subdivide the site. An appeal for funds was launched by the Civic Trust in 1967 to save Mona Vale, and the people of Christchurch responded generously with $55,000. The balance of the purchase price of $134,600 was provided by the Christchurch City Council and the then Riccarton Borough Council. This enabled Mona Vale to become one of the city's most treasured assets


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Mrs Georgina Torrington

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03 311-8220







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Last Updated

Sep. 2016

Last Contacted

May 2016