The Whare

14 Camp Bay Road, Purau

  • The Whare, Purau Farm, Diamond Harbour.
    Copyright: NZ Historic Places Trust.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 2 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 7157 Date Entered 24th February 1994


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 1993. This report includes text from the original Proposal for Classification considered by the NZHPT Board at the time of registration.

The significance of the Whare lies in its intimate association with the Purau Homestead and subsequently the history of Diamond Harbour. The Whare was built at approximately the same time as the Homestead (c.1853) by station hands of the first owner, Robert Rhodes. The Gardiner family brought the homestead in 1874 and it has remained in this family for five generations.

The Whare preserves a once common vernacular form of building, a simple gabled timber frame outhouse with lean-to verandahs, and is one of the oldest such buildings in New Zealand. The Whare is an important, surviving early colonial archetype and forms an important part of the group of buildings at Purau.


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Construction Dates

Original Construction
1853 -

Other Information

A copy of the original 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.