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An original New Zealand Homestead built in 1888.

Restful sleep, waking refreshed.

In need of some quiet time, some you time, or some couple time 😉 Coming soon is our Stoked Cedar Spa, with cabins. Sit and relax looking at the stars. Overlooks farm land and the majestic Ruahine Ranges.


Suitable for garden weddings, birthdays, get togethers, high tea, wellness retreats or work functions, meetings. We have a number of options available, download our packages, bespoke and on application basis. Contact us below. New service ‘Celebration of Life’.

A day to celebrate

If you already have your venue organised and need a qualified, experienced and professional officiant then look no further. Vanessa has performed many weddings both here at Hewitts Homestead and in many locations around the wider Manawatu. She provides bespoke wedding services, from a simple ceremony (Registry style) to a fully personalised ceremony starting from scratch. Using rituals to enhance ceremonies is her favourite. For example using crystals, ribbons for hand fasting, or adding sand ceremonies. Having wonderful reviews from clients she is a popular choice in the Manawatu.

Come and join us at Hewitts Homestead

Wellness Sessions and Retreats:
Take time out for you. Experience mindfulness and Shinrin Yoku (forest bathing/walking), restorative yoga, cacao or tea ceremonies to help you relax and restore. Book a session for a friend or loved one and help them on their road to de-stressing. Vanessa also available for ‘listening’.

Come and spend an afternoon of creativity, relaxation and peace with Vanessa at Hewitts Homestead. A series of creative sessions ‘Just for Me’.

We hold wellbeing workshops and retreats throughout the year, contact us to sign up for the next one or see more details. 2023 is the year to look after you.

Hewitts Homestead History

About Us

Phil and Vanessa Taylor.

All profits for the previous 5 years have gone back in to restoring this amazing building and regenerating the whenua.

We aim to be sustainable. Rarely use pesticides on our property and support cruelty free animal products.

Contact Us

Where are we?

310 Hewitts Road
Palmerston North

New Zealand

Direction and Maps

Once at the end of Hewitts Road, drive slowly on to the Farm, immediately take the fork to the right, when the road forks again at the top of the hill (approx 100m) go left towards the metal gates.   The homestead is behind the trees. 

Credit to TZ photos for main photo above