164 Rue Jolie, Akaroa

  • House.
    Copyright: NZ Historic Places Trust. Taken By: C Maclean. Date: 1/09/2011.
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    Copyright: Akaroa Civic Trust.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 2 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 1726 Date Entered 25th June 2004


Extent of List Entry

Extent of registration includes the land described as Pt TS 39 Town of Akaroa (CT CB404/25), Canterbury Land District and the building known as House thereon, and its fittings and fixtures

City/District Council

Christchurch City


Canterbury Region

Legal description

Pt TS 39 Town of Akaroa (CT CB404/25), Canterbury Land District


Akaroa has a special character because of its attractive environs and many historic buildings. It is the cottages, many with attractive small-scale gardens, which make a major contribution to this character. The example at 162 Rue Jolie is typical.

Six acres of land bounded by Beach Road, Bruce Terrace and Rue Jolie was granted to C. B. Robinson, magistrate, in 1853. In 1862 the block was sold to Edward Latter, who sold it to Henry Wagstaff in 1873. Wagstaff built a hotel on part of the block, then sold sections along Rue Jolie in 1875.

The property that became 162 Rue Jolie was purchased for £60 by gardener James Harris in December 1875. In 1878 Harris took out a mortgage for £200, which suggests the building of a house at this time. Harris sold the property to James Garwood in March 1881 for £270. Garwood owned a good deal of Akaroa property, and probably leased this house to the MacGregor family, who then purchased it in May 1893. Alexander Innes MacGregor was the Member of Parliament for Akaroa for a period. An enthusiastic botanist, he was responsible for much of the planting in the 'Gardens' of Tane', a reserve across the road from the house. It is planted with a range of exotic trees and is accessed by a network of paths, providing a special amenity for the community.

When MacGregor died in 1901, the property was transferred to his daughter Annie. Annie married builder Thomas Penlington, who extended the house at the rear - adding a large kitchen, a pantry and a bathroom. Annie Penlington died in 1946, leaving the house to daughters Joan Penlington and Kath Chapman. The Penlington/MacGregor connection ceased in 1981, when the house was sold to the present owners who use it as a holiday residence.

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Historical Significance or Value

Historical significance as the former home of Alexander MacGregor, politician and botanical enthusiast.

162 Rue Jolie has architectural significance, with its verandah and dormers as a good representative example of the colonial cottages which enhance Akaroa.

(a) a house representative of the type built by settlers in the mid nineteenth century;

(k) part of the important historical landscape of Akaroa, recognized by the NZHPT as an Historic Area.


Construction Professionalsopen/close

Penlington, Thomas

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Physical Description

This is a typical colonial cottage, with attic rooms on the upper floor. Across the frontage are three finial-trimmed plain dormers and a bull-nosed verandah with decorative timber supports. The dormers feature three-pane double casement windows and on each side of the central front door is a single double-hung sash window. The narrow stairway rises from the central hallway. Although some extensions have been made to the rear of the house, its street frontage remains unchanged.

Construction Dates

Original Construction
1878 -

Additions to rear, including kitchen, pantry and bathroom.

1950 -
Further service room additions at rear.

Construction Details

Timber with an iron roof.

Completion Date

3rd September 2004

Report Written By

Pam Wilson

Information Sources

New Zealand Historic Places Trust (NZHPT)

New Zealand Historic Places Trust

NZHPT Field Record Form

Other Information

A fully referenced version of this report is available from the NZHPT Southern Region Office.

Please note that entry on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero identifies only the heritage values of the property concerned, and should not be construed as advice on the state of the property, or as a comment of its soundness or safety, including in regard to earthquake risk, safety in the event of fire, or insanitary conditions.