Six generations have lived at Hilton Station, but the family is moving on gallery

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The Hilton Station homestead in Havelock North was built in 1871 by Robert Henry Mackenzie, the great-great grandfather of one of the current owners. It has been passed from father to son for 145 years.

The massive five-bedroom character villa sits in manicured grounds that include a large lawn area that was originally a grass tennis court.

A fibreglass swimming pool provides cool relief during the hot Hawke's Bay summers.

Altogether the station has 506ha, but is split into two titles, with the farm covering 502.5ha.

Hawke's Bay is predominantly sheep country - the farm comes with a five-stand woolshed, three sets of sheep yards, cattle yards, a three-bay hay barn and other ancillary sheds.

The main homestead retains much of its original features.

Living areas open up to the long return veranda.

There is also a large farmhouse kitchen.

The billiards room is reminiscent of a bygone era.

A second two- to three-bedroom residence comes with the farm. This also has a double garage and self-contained accommodation unit.

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It's never easy selling up the family home, but it's even harder when it was built by your pioneering great-great grandfather and has been in the family for 145 years.

Paul and Heather Mackenzie of Havelock North have put their 506ha farm and homestead, Hilton Station, on the market, listing the property with Tim Wynne-Lewis of Bayleys Havelock North.

Paul Mackenzie says he has reached a time of life when he would like to move onto other things. "At my age, it is quite normal to pass the farm onto the next generation or a farm manager, but our children are overseas and we have made the decision to put it up for sale."

Living areas in the main homestead open up to the long return veranda.
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Living areas in the main homestead open up to the long return veranda.

Not surprisingly, the station has a long history, with six generations living on the land; there have been many births, weddings and wakes over the years. The Mackenzie family also has a long sporting history – four generations of Mackenzies have represented New Zealand in polo.

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A second two- to three-bedroom residence comes with the farm. This also has a double garage and self-contained ...
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A second two- to three-bedroom residence comes with the farm. This also has a double garage and self-contained accommodation unit.

The homestead – a five-bedroom, 452 square-metre character villa – retains much of its original colonial interior, including high ceilings, native timber sash windows and three open fireplaces. There is also a farmhouse kitchen and a billiards room.

Other original features to be retained include an unusual coffin-shaped cast iron bathtub, and a huge birdbath on the front lawn.

A large lawn, originally a grass tennis court, doubles up as a social-grade cricket pitch, and is capable of holding function marquees – the Mackenzies' daughter's wedding was held on the lawn.

Wynne-Lewis says there is a possibility the land could be subdivided for residential properties.

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The listing is in two titles that could be sold separately – the Hilton Station homestead, which sits on 3.5ha, and the 502.5ha farm, which has its own secondary residence. Tenders close on November 17.

 - Stuff

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