1904 modernised villa home swap

We bought our villa built from native hardwood back in 2002 and have lavished plenty of time (and money!) on making sure it is a comfortable, modern home for our family, while retaining all the old (for NZ) features of the original house. The house faces South and so the back of the house benefits from large bifolding doors that can be opened to enjoy the all day sun. You can relax on the deck with a coffee or take a bike or scooter and zip down to the esplanade and cruise along soaking up the atmosphere.
Bus stop at the end of the street and railway station 5 mins walk away with Wellington City 20 mins by bus and 10 mins by train.

We also own a bach (kiwi for holiday home) just over an hour away on a pretty little coastal town called Waitarere that will also be available to use. The best of both worlds!

About the location

Jackson Street, Petone is a heritage-listed street is well known for its galleries, cafes, restaurants and unique shopping. Jackson Street is filled with 1930's architecture from the days when Petone was a settlement built to support local industry. The industry died but Jackson Street has survived and grown to be a centre piece of Hutt Valley tourism. If you’re looking for local characters, history and stories, you’ll find them on this afternoon spent amidst a true kiwi community.

Petone became the first European settlement in New Zealand, set up by the New Zealand Company around 1840. Despite early setbacks such as flooding and earthquakes – resulting in many settlers relocating to the other side of the harbour to establish Wellington – the people of Petone soon built a thriving community of houses, shops and industries. When the industry moved out in the 1950s the area and buildings fell into decline. Nowadays, Petone is a great example of renewal and community.

While the street is filled with history, it is the characters of the community who have shaped and brought Petone to the centre stage of Wellington. You'll meet the owner in each store you step in to - plus personal service.

Petone has many interesting features that you will find as you explore "the village". A great boutique cinema, Early Settlers Museum, many great restaurants and bars, wonderful shopping, supermarkets and other stores readily available and heaps more!

Type of home swap

  • Home Exchange

Conditions of home exchange

  • Non smokers only
  • No pets allowed
  • Children welcome

Petone, lower Hutt (HE32365)

Wellington,   New Zealand

  • 3 bed   (sleeps 4) 1 bath

Preferred destinations

  • Open to offers

Dates available

July 2015 - October 2015

Swap duration: 1 - 2 months


Meet the member

Membership expiry date: 17 Apr 2015