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Caccia Birch House

130 Te Awe Awe St, Hokowhitu, Palmerston North 4410.


It is typically β€œNew Zealand and also features a large number of old and protected exotic trees such as a magnificent Liriodendron Tulipifera (USA), Himalayan Cedar and Elms. A paved, sunken rose garden overlooks the picturesque Hokowhitu Lagoon – once an elbow of the Manawatu River. 100-year-old Wisteria flowers in October and the 15-year-old Magnolias are at their best in September. Many native shrubs were planted 16 years ago by the Manawatu Tree trust when the property was undergoing restoration and repair.

The Gardener

The Category 1 listed Historic Places Trust property is owned by Palmerston North City Council and administered by Caccia Birch Trust Board who employs a manager. The Board is non-profit and uses all income for the maintenance & operation of the property for the community to enjoy whilst promoting local history.

Garden Size

A 3-acre property,


An outstanding venue for any event. The grand homestead set in extensive grounds with a sweeping view over the Hokowhitu Lagoon provides a unique and tranquil setting for weddings and events.

Other Facilities

Caccia House is regularly used for conferences, meetings and trade show/events.
A variety of rooms are available for hire or the whole house exclusively. A permanent historical archive is located in the Coach House and provides a snapshot of the families who once owned the property and the pioneering past of Palmerston North.
A short walk to Hokowhitu Golf course, Victoria Esplanade park and the Lido swimming pools.


  • Price
    All fees charged are used to assist in the maintenance and operation of the property for the enjoyment of the whole community and also to promote its use for educational and cultural purposes.
  • Parking
    There is plenty of free car parking on site.
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Dogs allowed?
    No dogs please.
  • Food available?
    By arrangement only – 24 hours notice required
  • Picnics
    Picnics by arrangement..
  • Children allowed?
    Yes but please supervise.
  • Toilets?
  • Seating
    Yes, we have seating around the grounds.
  • Guided Tours
    Yes by arrangement.


130 Te Awe Awe St, Hokowhitu, Palmerston North 4410.

We are on the Massey University side of town and minutes to the Square or CBD of PN, Close by is Fonterra, IPC and the many motels / hotels of Fitzherbert Ave. It is a 10 minute drive to the airport.