Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Baches .. kiwi as ..

Heritage Asset of the Week - Baches are as kiwi as... But did you know that Auckland Council owns some holiday homes, many of which are heritage buildings?

Puhoi Cottage was built in 1926 by the Schischka family as a holiday home, replacing an earlier house known as Christmas Cottage. The Auckland Regional Authority bought the cottage and adjacent land in 1967 but the Schischka family continued to holiday here until 1990.

Ref: NZ Map 38, Sir George Grey Special Collections
It is an excellent example of a simplified, bungalow-style bach popular in the 1920s-30s. Recently repaired for use as a publicly bookable bach, Puhoi Cottage has been relatively little altered over time. Located on the north side of Puhoi River, Puhoi Cottage is best viewed from Wenderholm spit. Just one of the many heritage assets owned by Auckland Council on behalf of the community.

Ref: NZ Map 4308, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Read more about Wenderholm Regional Park in the brochure and remember that you can stay at Puhoi Cottage and many of the other council baches around the region.

Author: Rebecca Harfield, Heritage Assets Advisor, Auckland Council 

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