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.
Visit Highwic during our Coal Range Cooking days and see, smell and taste cooking being done on our authentic Victorian coal range.
"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.
Enrol your young sorcerers in Highwic School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for a day of magical mischief, fantastical fun and creepy creativity. Come dressed in your best wizarding garb and attend an Advanced Potion Making class, undertake a Wandlore Apprenticeship, become adept at Magical Millenary and complete the ultimate Quest for Magical Creatures in our grounds. If you prove to have enough wizarding potential you’ll fly away a graduate of the prestigious Highwic School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Are there ghosts at Alberton?
We can’t promise that the limited number of participants will see any ghostly figures or hear anything untoward, but we can guarantee a unique opportunity to go exploring the 18 rooms in the house during the evening. After being featured in a new book Haunted New Zealand Roadtrip, and getting permission from Alberton's previous owners, we decided to trial the tour. The editor of the book, Mark Wallbank, will be coordinating the tour and sharing his knowledge and experiences while researching at haunted venues throughout the country. [Sorry SOLD OUT]
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 on 12 November for a leisurely day in Alberton's idyllic garden setting. Get the jump on your festive shopping...
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 21 October until Christmas Eve.
This year, the Festival is FREE, so check the programme details...
Saturday morning at Highwic’s Christmas Garden Festival is specially for kids! At 10.45am, Cherry the Clown will arrive and then you can make your own miniature Christmas Garden and enter it in our kids' design competition. Some materials will be available but if you want to make your own special design, bring it ready-made to go in the competition.
Entries close at 1.30 pm, but best come in the morning and see Cherry the Clown to get you in the creative mood. Free entry to the Festival for all.
Rules - Each garden must fit on a board or tray that is no bigger than a sheet of A4 paper – 29.5 x 21 cm. For children 4 to 6 years and 7 to 11 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Entries will be judged at 2 pm.
Come and see Hayes Engineering Works in full operational mode at the special demonstration days over summer.