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.

Can you spare a few moment to answer our survey about your experiences with our website?

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.


  • 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. 

  • Free lunchtime concerts at Old St Paul's 06/06/2017 - 26/09/2017

    Interior of Old St Paul

    The winter programme of Tuesday lunchtime music returns to Old St Paul's.

  • Matariki at Alberton 01/07/2017 - 09/07/2017

    Matariki at Alberton

    A diverse range of Mt Albert artists and designers are joining together for an exciting art exhibition with a difference at historic Alberton. The event is an inspired celebration of the Maori New Year. Exhibitors have been given the opportunity to produce subtle, imaginary inspired and unexpected works towards the core theme of Matariki. 

  • Highwic Holiday Fun - Baking Winter Warmers 20/07/2017

    Katrina van Boheemen baking with kids

    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 something nice and warming for these cold winter days – 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.

  • Holiday paper crafts - Flowers 20/07/2017 - 21/07/2017

    Paper flowers (craft workshop)

    Feeling crafty these school holidays?  Visit Highwic and experience making some paper flowers.  If you are really keen, try your hand at a flower basket too. 

    Space is limited so booking is essential. Suitable only for primary age children of seven years and over.

  • The Collectors Cabinet: The Art of Canes 12/07/2017 - 10/09/2017

    Alnwick Castle walking sticks display

    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.

  • Stepping out 30/09/2017 - 15/10/2017

    David Robertson fits Helen Clark for footwear

    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

  • Christmas Garden Festival 18/11/2017 - 19/11/2017

    Sweet Pea Festival preparation

    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.