Topic: Waiwera House

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Demolished October 1968

In 1879 this hotel was put up for sale by a Mr Isaacs a bid at auction for it was the princely sum of £10,000 this was not accepted, but a later offer of a larger sum was accepted.

Mr Robert Graham was the listed proprietor of the Waiwera until his death in 1885. Miss Isabella Graham sister of took over running the Waiwera in 1875 for her late brother. She continued on through for 15 years, despite financial difficulties in 1902 until her death in her 66th year, May 1903.

Mr John Falloona & Mrs John Falloona were listed as owners of Waiwera House in the 1905.

In 1934 a Mr Frederick Chambers was the proprietor.


Excerpt from Daily Post 12 October 1968, p13.

"It was regarded as one of New Zealand's posh houses, even though the hotel's laundry was often left flapping on the lines erected on the neighbouring property of Clarke's soft drink factory. This hotel too had  fowl problems. 'They were a darned nuisance' recalls 76-year old Mr Alley Clarke. 'They used to come and lay near our factory', recalled Mr Les Clarke, 72, with a chuckle: "But we used to turn the nests around so you could only get at them from our side" And Mr Dick Garlick, 76, remembers Mr Falloona who also kept a farm in the Ford Block area, as a thick-set, homely man who, if you popped in unexpectedly, was sometimes caught wandering around wearing a pink singlet" 

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Waiwera House


1067-1071 Tutanekai Street, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

Latitude and Longitude coordinates: -38.132305,176.25136750000001

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