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.


  • Coal Range Cooks 02/03/2017 - 20/07/2017

    Katrina and Janine at Highwic

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

  • The Collector's Cabinet: Depression Glass 01/04/2017 - 25/06/2017

    Green glass

    On display in the Ballroom cabinet at Alberton is a striking selection of green Depression Glass from the collection of Auckland Art Deco enthusiast, Sue Olsen. The 1920s and 30s saw the introduction of machine-made, transparent glassware in the USA and Canada referred to as 'Depression Glass' for the era that gave rise to it. Since the 1960s, Depression Glass has been highly collectible and is now scarce in the open market.

    The small display presents an insight into the array of pieces produced, from tableware to elegant vanity sets, ornaments and decorative vases modelled on expensive designer pieces. There are also some examples of uranium glass which glow under ultra violet light. Sue’s collection comprises of over 900 items - learn more in a public talk on 7 May. 

  • Till Death Us Do Part: Fifty Years of Vintage Wedding Style 14/05/2017 - 30/06/2017

    Till Death Us Do Part exhibition

    This exhibition at Highwic explores changes in bridal fashion over the 20th century, focusing on dresses from 1930s to 1970s from a private collection.

    Till Death Us Do Part delves into the Social History of Weddings, exploring social shifts and changes in cultural attitudes to love and marriage.  Time your visit to coincide with one or more of the associated talks, and special event - Miss Havisham's Day Out.


  • Memorial Day 30/05/2017

    Memorial Day service

    Each year on the last Monday in May the United States of America honours all American service personnel  who have died in time of war. The New Zealand American Association and the United States Embassy jointly organise a service to mark Memorial Day at Old St Paul's, which has a historical connection with the US Marines in particular.

    All welcome, and after the service you are invited to stay on for refreshments.

  • Paper House 03/06/2017 - 25/06/2017

    Paper house

    Created for the Auckland Festival of Photography 2017 by Max Irving-Lamb and Jessica O’Reilly, the Paper House is a large-scale, wire frame installation situated in the ballroom of historic Alberton. Its walls are made of paper - 1863 scrolled images on the theme 'A Piece of Home' by artists and the public.

    The house is the literal structure; home is the subjective content that the images by these diverse contributors bring to it. Viewers/participants enter the structure and choose a photo to take away so that gradually the house loses its form over the duration of the exhibition. 

  • Swinging Suits - RNZAF Jazz Orchestra 09/06/2017

    RNZAF Jazz Orchestra

    As part of this year's Jazz Festival, the Royal New Zealand Air Force Jazz Orchestra presents Swinging Suits, an homage to one of America's great jazz composers, Edward Kennedy 'Duke' Ellington at Old St Paul's.