Mason's Gardens, Lower Hutt

A DigitalNZ Story by Dawn Chambers

Mason's Home 1853

By Frederick Mackie (1812-1893)

Thomas Mason's, valley of the Hutt, nr. Wellington, N.Z. [picture] /

National Library of Australia

1860s Carte de Visites

Photographer: J. Botterill, Melbourne

Thomas and Jane Mason of Mason's Gardens, Taita, Lower Hutt

Alexander Turnbull Library

1870s Painting

By John Atherton Horsfall

Thomas Mason's gardens at Taita, Hutt Valley, Wellington

Ministry for Culture and Heritage


The Mason House, Taita, Lower Hutt

Alexander Turnbull Library

12 Sep 1899

Thomas Mason's garden, Taita

Alexander Turnbull Library

Alfred Walters (1858-1933)

Was in charge of Mason's Gardens for 25 years

Gardener on a big property

Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Hutt City Library Photograph: Thomas Mason's Gardens in Taita with the homestead in the background

New Zealand Times 03 Nov 1910 Blaze at Mason’s Gardens – The Old House Destroyed by Fire At 8.30 last night there was a big blaze at the historic and picturesque spot known as “Mason’s Gardens,” at Taita. The main building, a very large one, was burnt to the ground, and a number of trees close handy were burnt. The old residence was built by Mr Mason some forty of fifty years ago, and had lately been used as tea-rooms. About £200 worth of furnishings and crockery were destroyed. The present owner of the property is Mr Richard Keene, of Island Bay, and the tenants are caretakers, two families, Harris and Gleding. Mr Harris was away in Wellington. Mr Gleding went away about 7 o’clock. Nobody knows how the fire started. The Hutt brigade got quickly to the scene, but was of no use, as there was no water. They saved the stables and outbuildings by means of buckets of water. The personal effects of both families were destroyed. Mr Harris had an insurance for £200, and Gleding for £75 in the South British. The building insurances were not known last night.

Transactions and Proceedings

In Memoriam

Volume 35, 1902

Alexander Turnbull Library

Avery Block - Oct 1944

Aerial Photograph Naenae and Taita - Mason's Gardens site visible

Display board of ten photographs of Lower Hutt, ARCH71767-7

Hutt City Council

Evening Post 29 Nov 1922 Avalon Park (late Mason’s Gardens) at last on the market in Lots ¼-acre to ¾-acre. Send name for Sale Plan and interesting Booklet. Considered by experts as the richest growing land in N.Z., if not in the whole wide world; 10 per cent deposit and 1s 6d a day. James Stellin, 20 Brandon-st. Tel. 3472