Highden Manor Estate--Luxury 1890's historic homestead

Highden Manor Estate--Luxury 1890's historic homestead




Dec 2014

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10 Bedrooms
Sleeps 20
9 Bathrooms

About our home

Built by The Right Honourable Walter Woods Johnston, Member of Parliament, in 1896, as his country home, Highden Manor Estate is New Zealand's fourth largest home. This is the Manawatu region's landmark property, and an unforgettable slice of New Zealand history. Situated on 36 acres, comprising two formal rose gardens--front and rear, park-like grounds with beautiful specimen trees, native forest, and paddocks. The buildings fit together neatly inside the wind-break tree line.

In 2010 The New Zealand Historic Places Trust listed Highden Manor Estate as a Category 1 registered historic property, and secured its' place in the annals of New Zealand history for the future.

Renovated by the current owners to a very high standard, in 2009, The Manor and other out-buildings offer an extremely private, secluded, and tranquil experience for residents. Guests can celebrate a special occasion with family and friends at this exquisite private estate, whether it's for a wedding, a family reunion, or a special vacation. Here, one can leave the urban, modern world behind, and step back in time, to the charm and grace of a bygone era.

The Manor
Historic Luxury awaits---On the second floor, accessed via a splendid native wood staircase---11 beautiful guest bedrooms/suites with 9 bathrooms, (7 ensuite). On the ground floor, an enormous entry foyer greets guests, and leads to an extremely spacious Dining room/Restaurant seating 100 people, and a spectacular Drawing Room, both of which open onto wrap-around verandas, overlooking the formal rear rose gardens, which bloom from October to April. Large commercial service areas occupy the eastern end of the ground floor of The Manor.

In September, there is the magnificence of the flowering cherry blossoms in the front rose garden. Guests can wander the park-like grounds, and stroll to the natural pond, or enjoy a refreshing dip in The Manor Swimming Pool. The gardens are delightful.

The Pacific Rim Annex building has an additional 14 bedrooms, perfect for staff or additional guests, plus a large Chapel can be used for weddings, meetings, exercise etc.... by prior arrangement

This is the perfect base for guests wishing to take day-driving trips, all within an approximate 2-hour drive of the estate---- go to Wellington, the capital, Mt. Taranaki in New Plymouth, the Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa vineyards and wineries, or Lake Taupo and Rotorua.

Palmerston North Airport is 15 minutes from the estate, and makes arrivals and departures simple.

Guests can visit Feilding, winner of 'New Zealand's most beautiful town, (for 14 years), and Palmerston North city, both less than a 15 minute drive, for restaurants and shopping. They can ride horses, hunt or fish locally, take a helicopter ride over The Rangitikei Gorge, visit The Rugby Museum, be spa-pampered at The Manor (by prior arrangement), or in any one of The Salons locally.
This is the ultimate retreat/hotel/vacation, in the most elegant ambiance.

There is also a 3 bedroom/2 bathroom owner/managers house, which is very comfortable, and could also be made available if required.

This is a turn-key property, with an exquisite chattels list including fine furniture, furnishings, drapery, chandeliers, rugs and artwork, to make your luxury country vacation complete. It is currently operating as a venue and boutique hotel, and is suitable for short or long stays. Book well in advance for the Summer season in New Zealand.

About This Property

Category: Mansions
Address: 220 Green Road
Palmerston North
Manawatu 4476
New Zealand

Construction Year: 1896
Area: 1,400 m2
Bedrooms: 11 in The Manor, +14 more
Bathrooms: 9 in The Manor + others
Sleeps: 44
Stories: 2
Parking Spaces: 60

Features - Amenities

Luxury period furnishings
Pet Friendly
Maid's Quarters
Maid's Bathroom
Laundry Room
Cable TV

Situated On 36 Acres With Formal Rose Gardens
Total Privacy And Seclusion
15 Minutes From Regional Airport
High-Speed Internet


More about us

  1. We're a family with 2 adult daughters.

  2. We own and run an historic manor --Highden Manor Estate boutique hotel

  3. We love travelling and meeting new people

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Where is it?


Buzzy restaurants
Restaurants in Palmerston North 15 minutes away.
Cool bars
Pubs and bars always open.
Retail therapy
The biggest mall in New Zealand is 15 minutes away, as well as lots of small individual shops in The Square, in Palmerston North 15 minutes drive.
Bit of culture
Catch some culture at The Regent, a lovely old-style theatre.
Walks in the park
When you tire of walking in the park at Highden, where you are staying, you can take a drive into Palmerston North and visit The Esplanade, and enjoy the gardens there.
Day tripping
Take a 2 hour drive to the capital, Wellington, The Hawkes Bay for wineries, or drive 1 hour to The Wairarapa for wineries, or Wanganui for the shops. IF you'd like to visit the hot mineral baths and thermal region, take a 3 1/2 hour drive to Rotorua, and drop in to Lake Taupo, an enormous inland lake for fishing on the way back.

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