Nau mai haere mai – Antrim House Open Day
Drop in and visit between 11am and 3pm for your chance to look around the whole house (including the tower), and hear from knowledgeable staff about the history of the place.
Tucked back off Boulcott Street and retaining its surrounding gardens, Antrim House was originally built as the home of the Hannah Family in 1904. Later used as a hotel and a hostel, it is now the home of Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga. As it is used as an office, this is a rare opportunity to look at spaces that are not commonly open to the public.
Bring your lunch or your coffee and sit on the verandah or front lawn, to reflect on the days when the Waikoukou stream ran along the course of Boulcott Street as described by historian James Cowan:
“…the place where Willis Street and Manners Street meet was once called Wai-Koko, otherwise “Tui Creek” [koko is an alternative name for tūī]. A small stream flowed down from the wooded hills along the present line of Boulcott Street, or nearly so, and there was a pool on its course just here, which was a place resorted to by the Māoris for snaring the birds of the bush. It was a shady pool, and here gathered the birds, the tui or koko, the bellbird and the pigeon, drinking and refreshing themselves by splashing and sprinkling the cool water over themselves, as birds do in the heat of summer”.
No booking is required.
Location: Antrim House, 63 Boulcott Street, Wellington
Cost: Koha appreciated
Health & Safety: Antrim House has an accessible ground floor entrance available at the rear of the building. Upstairs only accessible by stairs. Due to narrow stairs and small rooms, we may need to limit the numbers of people in the building at any one time. Some smaller rooms may not be accessible to ensure the privacy of HNZPT work. First aid supplies, defibrillator (AED) and Covid Tracing on site.