Events Ngā huinga

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.


  • Hayes Engineering Operating Days 06/01/2019 - 07/04/2019

    Demonstrating the engineering works

    Come and see Hayes Engineering Works in full operational mode at the special demonstration days over summer.

  • Clarks Mill Summer Operating Sundays 27/01/2019 - 31/03/2019

    Fenwick School students at Clarks Mill

    Clarks Mill is extending its last Sunday of the month operating events in January, February and March with more to see and do, and extra operating times.  See, hear and feel this historic flour mill come back to life as the machinery rolls into action. Come and explore how wheat is grown, turned in flour and made into our daily bread.  There will be vintage tractors and other working vintage machinery from the North Otago Vintage Machinery Club.  Bring a picnic and come and enjoy a fascinating visit to this 19th century engineering marvel.

  • Te Matatini: Merata 22/02/2019

    Te Matatini movie

    Heritage New Zealand is pleased to collaborate with Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision to host Hepi Mita (Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāi Te Rangi) who will introduce the globally acclaimed portrait of his mother.  Merata Mita was one of New Zealand’s most important film makers, and an international champion for women in indigenous film.  

    This screening at Old St Paul's is a special opportunity to see the film following its appearances at the Sundance Film Festival and sold-out success at the Berlin International Film Festival.

  • Troy Kingi, Mara TK and Mark Vanilau 23/02/2019

    Te Matatini concert

    Old St Paul's hosts the vocal talents of Troy Kingi (Te Arawa, Ngapuhi and Te Whanau-a-Apanui), Mara TK (Kai Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu, Maniapoto), and Mark Vanilau provide the perfect end to a day of kapa haka.

    Troy Kingi will perform compositions from both of his acclaimed albums, and Mara TK presents new works and celebrates the founding of his new Māori record label Meetinghouse Records. Mark Vanilau performs new works, and together with a line-up of special guests we will share in a  celebration of Polynesian songwriters, Te Reo Māori, and music that truly defies categorisation.

  • Coal Range Cooks 07/03/2019 - 07/11/2019

    Coal Range Cooks

    Visit Highwic during our Coal Range Cooking days and see, smell and taste cooking being done on our authentic Victorian coal range.

  • Alberton Market Days 11/11/2018 - 15/04/2019

    Alberton free range eggs

    Back again this summer - the fun, family friendly monthly outdoor Sunday market featuring fresh produce, plants & flowers, artisan food stalls, and handmade items with entertainment, coffee and a pop-up tearoom on the verandah at Alberton.  

    Bring the whole family and join us for a leisurely day in Alberton's idyllic garden setting. 

  • Heritage Art Workshops 11/03/2019 - 15/03/2019

    Making paint from clay

    The popular art workshops are back at the Thames School of Mines.  Wellington artist Barry Thomas and son Max (fine arts graduate) will take you through the process from crushing clay to creating individual artworks.  The theme this time is Discover Transportation in the 19th Century - draw inspiration from horse-drawn, steam-driven, wind or pedal-powered transport of all kinds.

    Selected artwork from the workshops will be exhibited during Thames Heritage Weekend.