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.

  • The Art of Death exhibition 14/09/2019 - 27/10/2019


    It’s the 21st century and taxidermy is fashionable once more. Gone are the days where gentleman hunters were mounting the spoils of their morbid excursions, this Victorian art-form is currently experiencing a female-led resurgence that has a reverence for wildlife and conservation at its heart. It is this renewed interest in the art of taxidermy that The Metropolitan Club, in association with Hendrick’s Gin and Highwic, supported by the Auckland Museum, will explore in The Art of Death exhibition.

  • Auckland Heritage Festival at Highwic 05/10/2019 - 26/10/2019

    Highwic from the air

    Auckland Heritage Festival 2019 runs from Saturday 5 October to Monday 28 October. This year’s festival explores the way in which people journeyed to Auckland and what life was like when they first arrived. For the Auckland Heritage Festival, Highwic is running a series of special events which explore how the Buckland family made Auckland their home upon their arrival on 18 December 1850.

  • Coal Range Cooks 07/03/2019 - 07/11/2019

    Coal Range Cooks

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

  • Pencarrow Lighthouse Tour 26/10/2019

    Pencarrow Lighthouse

    Visit New Zealand's first lighthouse on a guided tour of Wellington's iconic Pencarrow Lighthouse.  Go up in the Lighthouse and view the magnificent scenery across Wellington Harbour and the Cook Strait.

  • The Highwic School of Witchcraft and Wizardry 27/10/2019

    Witches and Wizards

    Enrol your young sorcerers in Highwic School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for our popular annual 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 (make a wand), design your own house badge, and complete the ultimate Quest for Magical Creatures in our grounds. 

    Refreshments provided; and apple-bobbing during the afternoon tea-break. If you prove to have enough wizarding potential you’ll fly away a graduate of the prestigious Highwic School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

  • Wallaceville Blockhouse Open Day 28/10/2019

    Wallaceville Blockhouse

    Come and visit this rare surviving example of a blockhouse, built in 1860 to protect the Wellington area from the threat of the New Zealand Wars.

    This Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga property is not open to the public often, and is a special Wellington Heritage Week event (no booking required).

  • Modern Wellington walking tour 03/11/2019

    Modern Wellington

    Hear about the stories of Wellington’s important mid- to late-twentieth century places on the Modern Wellington Walking Tour. We’ll explore the major changes and controversies created by Wellington’s Modern buildings, structures and places - all that glass and height, the dynamic, bold and quirky shapes and, of course, the concrete!  Sorry, SOLD OUT. You can add your name to a waiting list if you wish - email

  • Women mean business 09/11/2019

    Women mean business

    For widows in business in colonial Auckland surviving without a man was possible!  Come along to Highwic to hear Catherine Bishop talk about her book and what she's discovered about life as a colonial businesswoman in New Zealand. 

  • Alberton Market Days 10/11/2019 - 12/04/2020

    Alberton Market Day

    Alberton Market Days return for a fourth season!  The fun, family-friendly monthly outdoor Sunday market features speciality produce, and handmade items with music, garden workshops, artisan food stalls and a pop-up tearoom on the verandah at Alberton.  

    Bring the whole family and join us for a leisurely day in Alberton's idyllic garden setting. 

  • Wheels Go Round at Clarks Mill 16/11/2019

    Interior of Clarks Mill

    Celebrating the theme of wheels with the Oamaru Victorian Heritage Celebrations.  What better way to illustrate the importance of the wheel to our industrial story than a visit to Clarks Mill at Maheno.  A fascinating glimpse into the story of wheat, flour milling and the clever engineers who made it happen right back in 1866. Why not combine your tour with a Guided Tour and Tea and Totara Estate and complete the picture?

  • Combined Tour with Totara Estate 16/11/2019

    Totara Estate

    Why not combine your Wheels Go Round tour with a Guided Tour and Tea and Totara Estate and complete the picture? Clarks Mill was once part of the mighty Totara Estate, made famous for its business innovation culminating in the first shipment of frozen meat from New Zealand in 1882.  You can purchase a ticket for a combo deal beginning either with Clarks Mill first at 2.00 or Totara Estate at 2.00.  Distance between the sites is five kms. 

  • Clarks Mill Comes Alive 26/01/2020 - 29/03/2020

    Fenwick School students at Clarks Mill

    Clarks Mill is extending its last Sunday of the month operating events in January, February and March with more to see and do, and extra operating times.  See, hear and feel this historic flour mill come back to life as the machinery rolls into action. Come and explore how wheat is grown, turned in flour and made into our daily bread.  Not only is the Mill operational over the afternoon but the original Millers House, Smokey Joe's and the Vintage Machinery Club will open their doors.   Refreshments available.