Posted by: danielfee | July 1, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 07-01-2012

Gardens at Mona Vale – Christchurch, New Zealand

Avon River – Mona Vale

Gate House at Mona Vale

Mona Vale and its homestead formerly known as Karewa is a 4 hectare public park in Christchurch. The homestead and gate house are both listed as heritage buildings with the New Zealand Historical Places Trust. A fernery and rose garden are part of the park along the Avon River. Frederick Waymouth and his wife purchased four acres of land and had a homestead built in 1899–1900. It was Waymouth who called the homestead Karewa. He sold the property in 1905 to Annie Quayle Townend who renamed it Mona Vale after her mother’s house in Tasmania. She was the only daughter of a wealthy Canterbury businessman who bequeathed her one million pounds, apparently making her New Zealand’s richest woman at the time. Townend added nine more acres of land to the property and had a gate house built. The property was sold in 1962 to the Church of Latter Day Saints who intended to subdivide the property and demolish the homestead. However, there was  a public outcry which resulted in a community fundraising effort. The Christchurch and Riccarton Borough Councils bought Mona Vale in 1969 for the purpose of turning it into a public park.  Until the 2010 earthquake struck Christchurch, the homestead was operated as a restaurant, cafe and was often used for weddings. However, the building is currently closed due to earthquake damage.

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  1. Beautiful shot!! Cheers Nonoy Manga

  2. Reblogged this on Alejandro Jeyaseelan Post.


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