There's always something happening with a heritage theme - at one of the properties we care for, or just other events, activities, operating days and opportunities for you to enjoy some time out.
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Entry fees for members
Members of Heritage New Zealand and members of organisations with which we have a reciprocal visiting agreement, please note that for special events and exhibitions an entry fee or surcharge may apply where normally free entry is available.
Check individual event listings for details.
The winter programme of Tuesday lunchtime music returns to Old St Paul's.
Visit Highwic during our Coal Range Cooking days and see, smell and taste cooking being done on our authentic Victorian coal range.
On display in the ballroom Collector's Cabinet at Alberton is a small section of antique walking sticks belonging to rabologist (the name for a collector of canes) Max Campbell. Revealing these sticks to be more than just mobility aids but beautifully crafted objects in their own right, the range of items also gives an insight into the various uses and social symbolism of the walking stick throughout history.
Come along to Highwic and hear Aaron Bertelsen talk about life at Great Dixter House (Sussex) and growing fresh produce for seasonal recipes. Get some tips you can use in your own garden from one of the world's best gardeners.
Great Dixter was the family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd – it was the focus of his energy and enthusiasm and fueled over 40 years of books and articles. Visiting it has become a pilgrimage for horticulturists.
Step back in time to experience a classic morning or afternoon tea offered as part of Auckland's annual Heritage Festival. Enjoy light English scones with cream and jam, and tea or coffee served from vintage china and antique silverware by Alberton's team of friendly volunteers. Soak up the ambience of the grand ballroom or the beauty of the garden from the verandah.
Bring along the family to explore the house and learn about Auckland's early car owners in an exhibition Here Come the Kerr Taylors. Check out vintage vehicles belonging to members of the Chevrolet Enthusiasts Club and pose for a few photos.
"Look out! Here come the Kerr Taylors!" This exclamation reportedly heard at the approach of Alberton’s three Kerr Taylor sisters in their crimson Chevrolet was made not because they drove fast, but because they drove so slowly! Mid last century the slightly eccentric sisters in their 'funny old car' were a familiar sight about town. The youngest, Muriel, the only one tall enough to see over the dashboard, was always the driver and had particular motoring habits including never driving in the rain.
From 1925 the car provided an important form of transport for the sisters enabling their weekly trips to Farmers Department Store and to Waimaku to deliver produce to their nieces' and nephews' families.
This exhibition at Highwic gets to the heart and sole of shoes and the shoe business in Newmarket. It features footwear and memorabilia from Ziera, Anselmi, Scarpa and others.
The exhibition is part of Auckland Heritage Week.
Image: Helen Clark and David Robertson, one of the founders of Ziera. Credit: Ziera Archives
Discover the timeless charm of Highwic's Christmas Garden Festival. Floral displays, plant stalls, garden tours and more. Don't miss the chance to shop for Christmas at the Christmas shop - open 7 days from 18 October until Christmas Eve.
This year, the Festival is FREE, so keep an eye on the website for programme details.
Come and see Hayes Engineering Works in full operational mode at the special demonstration days over summer.