Purau Station Homestead

14 Camp Bay Road, Purau

  • Purau Station Homestead, Diamond Harbour.
    Copyright: NZ Historic Places Trust.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 1 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 280 Date Entered 27th June 1985


City/District Council

Christchurch City


Canterbury Region

Legal description

Lot 3 DP 387552 (CT 350439), Canterbury Land District


This historic place was registered under the Historic Places Act 1980. The following text is the original citation considered by the NZHPT Board at the time of registration.

Purau Station Homestead, Purau-Camp Bay Road, Banks Peninsula

Built in 1853 from locally quarried reddish brown sandstone the picturesque Purau homestead has some significance as the first house to be built of stone in Canterbury.

The Greenwood brothers who were the first European settlers in Lyttelton Harbour when they arrived in 1843 built a large timber house at Purau. They sold their run in 1847 to the Rhodes brothers and six years later Robert Rhodes built the fine two storeyed stone house using slate for the roof. The house has large gables with boldly ornamental bargeboards. The graceful verandahs were added in 1858 to George Mallinson's design with the cast iron 'lace' dating from early in this century. The major ground floor rooms have French doors opening to the verandahs while on the left side a conservatory originally adjoined the dining room. In 1910 when the Luttrell brothers made timber additions to the house the conservatory was moved further to the rear. The interior shows little alteration over the years.

Since 1874 the property has been owned by the Gardiner family who still live in the house. Purau homestead is notable for its architectural significance and the association with three important pioneer families in Canterbury's development.


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Construction Dates

Original Construction
1854 -

Other Information

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.