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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  • Coal Range Cooks 17/06/2020 - 21/10/2020

    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.

  • The Impossible Garden 30/05/2020 - 27/09/2020

    Ode to Balthazar Van Der Ast

    Due to the three week Auckland closure, this exhibition has been extended for another month! With special thanks to Emma Bass and Artis Gallery, 'The Impossible Garden' - an exhibition of richly decorative floral still lifes by Auckland photographer Emma Bass will feature in the grand, 1870s ballroom at historic Alberton. Blurring the boundaries between photography, painting and collage, the works examine the beauty of nature, with photographed prints of 17th century Dutch and Flemish examples as a starting point.

  • Tour and Tea. Violet Kerr Taylor's marriage at St Andrew's Epsom 26/09/2020

    St Andrews Epsom, Alberton and its family

    Join us on guided tour though St Andrew's church Epsom with its intriguing connection to the Kerr Taylors of Alberton, as part of the Auckland Heritage Festival 2020. Learn the story of young gentlewoman, Violet Kerr Taylor of Alberton, who eloped to marry at the church in 1894 and those of other notable Auckland citizens, some of whom rest in the cemetery.

    Explore the interior of the 1867 Category 1 heritage listed Gothic Revival church and examine some of the features of its interior including the font, the stained-glass windows, chapels and devotional art.

    This one hour (approx) tour takes place at St Andrew's (100 St Andrews Road, Epsom) and is followed by tea & scones at your own pace back at Alberton, with plenty of time explore the house and meander in the garden at your leisure.

  • Recent archaeology in Kāpiti, Horowhenua and Manawatū revealed 08/10/2020

    Otaki archaeology

    A number of recent archaeology investigations have taken place in Kāpiti, Horowhenua and Manawatū, including the New Zealand Transport Agency Roads of National Significance, the new Manawatū Bridge, Transpower re-conductoring and tower strengthening, and other developments such as subdivisions.

    Well-known archaeology consultant, Kevin Jones, with support from fellow archaeologist, Mary O’Keeffe, are giving a public presentation on recent archaeology work in these districts and summarising current research on some of the earliest settlement of New Zealand, in the wider Cook Strait, and south-western North Island.

  • Tour and Tea. The Kerr Taylors at St Luke's Mt Albert 10/10/2020

    St Lukes Church, Mt Albert 1933-34

    Learn more about leading 19th century landowners - the Kerr Taylors of Alberton - in this tour of St Luke’s church and cemetery in Mt Albert, as part of the Auckland Heritage Festival 2020. Built in 1872 to the design of Pierre Finch Martineau Burrows and extended in 1883, St Luke's church is Category 2 listed and is an excellent example of wooden Gothic Revival architecture. 

    Founding patrons and life-long parishioners, the Kerr Taylors bequeathed part of their land for the church, cemetery and parsonage and provided funds for its construction and a bell.  Two impressive stained glass windows dedicated to two daughters who died in infancy (1886) and to Allan and Sophia Kerr Taylor (1961) are inside the church. Along with other notable past parishioners and clergy, Allan, Sophia and most of their ten children rest in the cemetery.

    This one hour tour (approx) starts at St Luke's (704 New North Road), followed by tea & scones back at Alberton, with plenty of time explore the house and meander leisurely in the garden.


  • Vintage Market Day 18/10/2020

    Alberton Vintage Market Day

    Alberton’s Victorian ballroom and expansive verandah the perfect settings for this mini market of vintage and antique treasures! Come along to rummage through bric-a-brac, admire antiques, find a bargain and chat to the collectors. There will be fine china, clothing, textiles, Crown Lynn, vinyl records, crystal, silver, kitchen & tableware, decor, jewellery, accessories, records, retro knick-knacks and more! 

  • Tour to Terawhiti Station 10/10/2020

    Terawhiti albion battery

    October marks Heritage Month in the Greater Wellington Region and Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, with representatives of the Terawhiti Station at South Makara, are providing an opportunity for those who own  a four wheel drive to come on a tour of the goldfield sites and wind turbine establishments at Terawhiti.

    The tour will be led by Michael Grace, a director of the neighbouring Te Kamaru Station and archaeology consultant, Dr Bruce McFadgen, who both have a vast knowledge of Terawhiti  Station and its goldfield sites.