Auckland’s premier shopping precinct, Newmarket, is the legacy of 'rags to riches' auctioneer Alfred Buckland. Explore his rambling Gothic mansion built to house his family of 21 children!


A visit to Highwic opens the door to family life in the colonial ‘boom and bust’ period of Auckland during the New Zealand Land Wars.  Alfred Buckland was involved in provisioning the imperial forces during the Waikato War, (1863-1864).  Highwic is featured as the first stop on the Waikato War Driving Tour.

Highwic is a peaceful and leafy oasis in the heart of Auckland.  Situated on a rise above bustling Newmarket, the lawns and gardens appear to be suspended above the city with high-rise towers just visible beyond the hedges.  

Surrounded by large specimen trees, with a Whimsical Garden, lawn courts for tennis and croquet and a meandering “Lovers Walk”, this garden delights all ages.

NZ Gardens Trust
Explore our 4 star Garden of Significance, including the romantic Lover’s Walk.
  • Highwic

    A model Carpenter Gothic house with spacious lawns and gardens - Highwic in her new livery. Photo: Heritage New Zealand

  • Visitors at Highwic
    From across Oceania - visitors take a break from a sports event.  Photo Heritage New Zealand
  • Highwic's garden

    A view of the garden in full bloom.  Photo: Heritage New Zealand

  • Highwic's garden

    Take a leisurely garden walk.  Photo: Heritage New Zealand


  • 40 Gillies Avenue
  • Enter from Mortimer Pass
  • Newmarket
  • Auckland
  • 1023

Contact Information

Opening Hours

  • Wednesday - Sunday
  • 10.30am - 4.30pm
  • Closed Christmas Day, Good Friday


Adults: $10 Accompanied children: Free. Unaccompanied children: $3.50 Please understand that surcharges may apply at times of special events.