Historic Gunyah is also popular as a day trip destination. There are very few homes of this calibre open to the general public in New Zealand. Tourists, special interest groups and Probus groups regularly visit Gunyah Country Estate.
Gunyah is a large, listed Canterbury Edwardian homestead situated at Windwhistle, on the Inland Scenic Route. This route (SH72) runs from SH1 through Rangiora, Oxford, Waimakariri Gorge, Rakaia Gorge and on to Geraldine.
The house is very original, even retaining some of its first wallpaper and has been furnished throughout with early New Zealand furniture and English furniture of the same period. There are also 7 very interesting outbuildings some of which pre-date the house itself, including a granary, stables and wagon shed.
The grounds were laid out formally in 1912 when the house was built and have subsequently been extended. There are large rhododendrons, exotic trees, a native forest and even a kauri and the original house orchard. The view of Mt Hutt is spectacular.
People are free to wonder through the ground floor of the homestead and the grounds. There is a selection of original farm buildings which we have restored (stables, granary, meat safe etc) which always prove of great interest. The owners can give a talk about the history of the place as well as some of its contents.
What we offer:
We consider groups a 20 people minimum but we can be flexible on numbers depending on the situation. We can cater for up to 54. Access is reasonably easy for elderly people including walking frames and some wheelchairs.
Once a year, normally in late March or the first Sunday in April, we have an Open Day in which the general public can visit, without being part of a pre-booked group. Refreshments are available for visitors to purchase. Please check with us.
At Gunyah we also produce a range of over 60 traditional country preserves under the brand name “Buoni Sapori” made from the heritage fruit and vegetable that we grow organically here. Visitors enjoy purchasing these.