Mona Vale, Christchurch

4.5
#5 of 19 in Historic Sites in Christchurch
Mona Vale, with its homestead formerly known as Karewa, is a public park of 4 ha in the Christchurch suburb of Fendalton. The homestead and gate house are both listed as heritage buildings with Heritage New Zealand (NZHPT). The fernery and the rose garden, and pavilion with the setting of the park along the Avon River, add to the attractiveness of the property. It is one of the major tourist attractions of Christchurch.
The western boundary of Mona Vale is the Main North Railway, and the Avon River forms the eastern border. In the north, the park is very narrow and starts at Fendalton Road. In the south, it extends to Matai Street East and has Christchurch Girls High School as a neighbour.
The gardens cover four hectare.
The land initially belonged to the Deans brothers, whose homestead is Riccarton House in Riccarton. William Derisley Wood leased the land and built what became known as Wood's Mill. The weir in the Avon River was built in the 19th century and forms the Mona Vale mill pond, which still exists today.
Frederick Waymouth and his wife Alice purchased four acres of land and had a homestead built in 1899–1900, designed by architect Joseph Clarkson Maddison. Waymouth, who called the homestead Karewa, was the Managing Director of Canterbury Frozen Meats. Maddison was a well-known Christchurch architect, who amongst other buildings designed the freezing works in the Christchurch suburb of Belfast. It is thought that this connection between Waymouth and Maddison led to this commission.
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  • What a discovery this little place was. Totally recommend this on your journey to Christchurch. If you want a slower day of sightseeing then Mona Vale is the place. You can pop into the cafe after you...  more »
  • Road our bikes here from our hotel and inquired about high tea. Normally reservations are required a couple days in advance, but the chef was able to work us in later that afternoon. High tea was very...  more »
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  • really nice garden, super picturesque with loads of pretty flowers! it was much bigger than I expected it to be, with a lot more 'garden' area to walk around in. pretty convenient to get to as well, would definitely recommend coming here to check it out if you're visiting Christchurch! there's quite a lot of history to this little garden!
  • Cafe in an old house set in extensive gardens. Public toilets available. Best to park in large carpark near the entrance by the school as the small one in the grounds is usually fill. Extensive grounds well laid out in gardens. A popular outdoor wedding venue. Cafe in the old house.
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