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Kawatea Homestead
Kawatea is a large historic homestead designed by Samuel Hurst Seager in 1900 for William Thacker. It features beautiful stained glass windows, tiled fireplaces, kauri floors and deep verandahs.

The Kawatea Homestead

Kawatea - verandah

The Lounge



The elegant rooms have been tastefully renovated to add light and space without loosing the 'Old World Charm'
The homestead os set in 3 acres of established gardens.
Original planting of camelias, rhodendrons and wisteria mingle with more recent plantings of hydrangeas and roses.
Setps lead to a peaceful native area and pond.

  Samuel Hurst Seager - Architect

Seager (1855-1933) studied at Canterbury College between 1880-82. He trained in Christchurch in the offices of Benjamin Woolfield Mountfort (1825-1898) and Alfred William Simpson before completing his qualifications in London in 1884. In 1885, shortly after his return to Christchurch, he won a competition for the design of the new Municipal Chambers, and this launched his career. Seager achieved renown for his domestic architecture. He was one of the earliest New Zealand architects to move away from historical styles and seek design with a New Zealand character. The Sign of the Kiwi, Christchurch (1917) illustrates this aspect of his work. He is also known for his larger Arts and Crafts style houses such as Daresbury, Christchurch (1899). Between 1893 and 1903 Seager taught architecture and design at the Canterbury University College School of Art. He was a pioneer in town planning, having a particular interest in the "garden city" concept. Some of these ideas were expressed in a group of houses designed as a unified and landscaped precinct on Sumner Spur (1902-14). He became an authority on the lighting of art galleries. After World War I he was appointed by the Imperial War Graves Commission to design war memorials in Gallipoli, Belgium and France. In New Zealand he designed the Massey Memorial, Point Halswell, Wellington (1925).

Okains Bay | Banks Peninsula, 8161 | New Zealand | Phone/Fax +64 3 304 8621