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Couldrey House and Gardens

General Information

37 Schischka Road, Wenderholm Regional Park, Waiwera 0873

09 440 9366

Opening Times - Check before visiting as might change

Weekends 1-4pm - all year. Weekdays 1-4pm - from 26 December to Easter Monday.

Couldrey House is an historic Victorian-Edwardian family home set in a beautiful garden within Wenderholm Regional Park. A mere 40-minute drive north of Auckland’s CBD, this gracious historic house sits between Wenderholm Beach and the Puhoi river (each a few minutes walk away through pohutukawa glades) or less than a 1 kilometre drive from Waiwera. Fully furnished in a mixture of styles reflecting the eras and preoccupations of some notable past owners, the two storey house has nine rooms on display. Visitors are warmly welcomed by one of our volunteer hosts who can provide commentary if requested or alternatively leave you to discover the historic house and grounds at your leisure. Throughout the house there are audio reminiscences about the families that lived here, direct from their descendants. Enjoy some sea air mixed with the fragrance of fresh flowers from the cottage-style garden, familiar (and less familiar) objects from the past, and the old worldliness of an historic house where you least expect to find it.
Notes for Cardholders

Public holidays 1-4pm (except Christmas Day and Good Friday).

Adults: $5 - carers of cardholders with +1 icon get free entry
Children: FREE (under 16 years, accompanied by an Adult)
Friends of Couldrey House Members: FREE
Cash or Eftpos is available

We welcome private group visits and school visits most days, all year, by arrangement.

For more information, please email:

Standing and Queuing
If you have a Hāpai Access Card and struggle with queueing, get the attention of one of our team by wearing your lanyard or waving your card at us and we will bring you to the front of the queue.
Level Access
Our building has 4 steps with a handrail to access the building. Inside, the ground is level but there are more stairs to access the upstairs.
Our accessible parking is less than 50m away. The route from the parking to the building is outdoors so the surface can be uneven.
Urgent Toilet Access
We have one toilet on the premises, generally for staff use only, but we can make an exception for urgent access. It is a standard toilet. There are also plenty of public toilets available
Disability Assist Dogs
We comply with the NZ law with respect to Disability Assistance Dogs. The staff will offer you water for your dog and will indicate the nearest place for the dog to relieve itself. Any waste from the dog needs to be taken away and disposed of by the owner as there are no bins on site as we are situated within a Regional Park.
Essential Companions
For cardholders with this icon we are happy to offer a free companion ticket. We do not require bookings for entry.
Difficulty Accessing Visual Information
We also have sound boxes and an audio reel that can be listened to. Our Volunteers on duty at the House are very happy to speak to visitors about the history of the House and its contents.
Difficulty Accessing Audible Information
Through the training that the staff have done with the Hāpai Access Card, they are aware of how they can modify how they communicate with you. This includes making sure you can see their face when speaking, speaking clearly, use of pen and paper and being patient.
Hidden Disabilities
Through the staff's training, they are generally aware of hidden disabilities. Please speak to them about how they can assist in making your time with us extraordinary.
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