Waikonini Homestead is a seven bedroom historic home, located five minutes from the village of Peel Forest on acres of lush botanic gardens. Welcoming visitors from local regions and across the world, it is a place to unwind, enjoy local food & produce and 'just be'. Wake each morning to the sound of birdsong and nature and go to bed under the clear starry skies.
FUNCTIONS & EVENTS
Waikonini Homestead and gardens is available for functions, as small as an afternoon tea for nature lovers or historic homes enthusiasts, to functions as big as a wedding ceremony and reception for 100 people. We've welcomed Christenings, Birthdays and Memorials too. Group and club visits can also be arranged by appointment.
EXPLORE THE GREAT OUTDOORS
If you're looking for a base to explore the Geraldine area's great outdoors, Waikonini is the perfect base. Peel Forest Scenic Reserve's numerous bush walks, Horse Trekking, the climb to Little Mount Peel and Whitewater rafting in the Rangitata Gorge is right on our doorstep. If you'd rather something a little more relaxed, there's plenty of lovely spots for a picnic too.
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I am an energetic person who has worked in a caring role for all of my professional life. A well travelled world citizen, locally born and bred. Family focused, with an appreciation of cultural diversity and meeting people from all over the world. I have lived and worked overseas at different times during my life and have a broad-minded view of the world.
I have interests in cooking, food, travel, home-decoration, sewing, gardening, simple-living, animals and friendships. I look forwd to making you feel welcome at Waikonini Homestead, be it for an afternoon visit, or for a full-week stay.
Peace and Quiet
Nestled at the base of Mount Peel near Geraldine, this lovingly restored home is an exceptional accommodation and event venue destination, the perfect place to unwind and "just be". You will receive a warm country welcome, be it for a specific event, overnight visit of full-week stay, waking each morning to the sound of birdsong, nature and the smells of home-style cooking.
HistoryWaikonini Homestead is a seven bedroom historic home, located five minutes from the village of Peel Forest on 10 acres of lush botanic gardens. The home was built in 1882 of timber and with a corrugated iron roof for a Mr William Barker. The architect was a Mr J.P. Pritchett of Darlington, UK. The T-shaped house has a verandah and a high, vaulted roofline, typical of its period.
William Barker was one of Peel Forest's well known residents. He was an orchardist / bee-keeper and his fruits were reputed across the south island of NZ. Mr Barker also founded the Mount Peel Floral and Horticultural Society.
The gardens of Waikonini are majestic and hold the original charm that was bestowed by William Barker. Atlantis Pine, Tamanian Blackwood, Oak and other varieties of tree frame the gardens. Mt Peel's famous Himalayan Lillies are mixed with Rhododendrons, Primroses, Violets and Strawberries. Even the original Pear and Apple trees are fruit-bearing today, over one hundred and twenty years since they were first established.
The home is as cherished today as yesteryear, painstakingly restored by its current owner and your host, Mary Casey. Under Mary's stewardship Waikonini has been painted inside and out and she has also honoured Pritchett's original plans, having a conservatory constructed and completed in 2014, in position, beside the kitchen.