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11 Bay of Plenty heritage attractions to visit: Day1 - Stop 1


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@Athenree Homestead @Athenree Homestead

Home to Athenree Homestead and heritage railway station. Athenree is mostly known for the large settler homestead, a charitable trust estate and hot mineral springs. Athenree is a summer holiday destination offering visitors easy access to the Bay of Plenty attractions as well as the option of a convenient hot spring pool to soak in.


Athenree Homestead was built in 1879 and was a working farmhouse for 30 years up to their departure in 1906. The homestead was restored from a delitrict state by the Athenree Homestead Charitable Trust.

The house is open to the public throughout the year at the following times:

  • January to end March: every Sunday, 12 to 4 pm
  • April to end December: first Sunday of the month, 12 to 3 pm.

A donation of $5 per person helps us to maintain the property.

To check up to date opening hours Homestead for details.



The railway station, originally located in the Athenree Gorge has been relocated to the grounds and restored. The cafe serves high teas and is available for hire for private functions.



The Athenree Charitable Trust holds a number of fairs during the year, notably Christmas and Easter fairs in the grounds of the homestead. Check their online resource for up to date information for fair dates.


Goldfields Heritage Train Ride at Waihi (gateway town to the Coromandel Peninsula and Thames). A journey from the historic gold mining town of Waihi to Waikino, the gateway to the Karangahake Gorge. Allow about an hour and 15 minutes for a return trip or half an hour for one way. There are souvenirs and refreshments available at Waikino Station Café. For more information check Heritage Railway, Bike Hire, Hauraki Rail Trail. For what to do and see at the Karangahake Gorge check here Visit Karangahake Gorge & Kaimai Mamaku Conservation Park.

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