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.
Come and see Hayes Engineering Works in full operational mode at the special demonstration days over summer.
Through the inaugural New Zealand Archaeology Week, the New Zealand Archaeological Association is bringing archaeology to the public to increase public awareness and highlight the importance of protecting our archaeological heritage and what it tells us about ourselves and our stories.
Around the country, a variety of events are being hosted by consultant archaeologists, museums, heritage organisations and iwi. It includes public talks, historic walks, and displays right around the country.
Visit Highwic during our Coal Range Cooking days and see, smell and taste cooking being done on our authentic Victorian coal range.
A 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. Every second Sunday of the month from November to April (except January).
Bring the whole family and join us for a leisurely day in Alberton's idyllic garden setting.
Today at Highwic we are making and flying paper kites. Besides the kite making activity (suitable for school-age children over five years), there is an Easter Bunny Treasure Hunt in the house and gardens and other activities for children to do as they look around the house.
Ever wondered about the story of your house? Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is holding a seminar on how to research the history of your home - this workshop is in Lyttelton.
Presenters from Heritage New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Christchurch City Council, MacMillan Brown Library at the University of Canterbury and a local genealogist will look at the various go-to sources, from land deeds to building and architectural plans, wills, photographs, old newspapers, correspondence files, QVs and rates records.
Highwic’s beautifully restored coal range will be fired up again ready for another kitchen-based baking activity. There are three sessions in which kids will be able to do some baking on the coal range making some Easter treats – just like their great-grandmothers did a hundred years ago. Space is limited so booking is essential. Suitable only for primary age children of seven years and over.
Visit Highwic and make your own set of semaphore flags then practice sending messages. Semaphore was used by sailors to communicate from ship to ship before the invention of the radio. Activity suitable for children over five years.
Highwic’s beautifully restored coal range will be fired up ready for kids to make their own ANZAC biscuits on the coal range – just like their great-grandmothers did during the First World War. Places are limited over two sessions, so please book early. Suitable for primary age children 7 and over.