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Gear Homestead

11 March 2011

With a trip to the Southern Hemisphere fast approaching, I found this little gem that I will definitely be visiting on the Kapiti Coast.

Nestled among the rose gardens Gear Homestead was built in 1882 by the pioneer business magnate, James Gear and is now a gorgeous wedding venue catering for up to 80 guests (for a formal seated dinner and 100 for a standing cocktail function) with on-site catering and extensive menus to suit all occasions.

Set on 4 hectares of manicured grounds it offers ornate verandahs and stunning views of Porirua’s sparkling twin harbours. 

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