Auckland, Tamaki makau rau, has been inhabited since around 1100 AD and many of its volcanic cones were once fortified. The capital from 1840-65, Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand with over 1 million inhabitants. It is also the largest Polynesian city in the world. Now a bustling modern centre with excellent shops, restaurants, galleries, museums and gardens, it still has many fine 19th and early 20th century buildings.

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  • Alberton


    This exceptionally well-preserved mansion is an architectural delight offering a fascinating insight into the lives of a wealthy colonial family.

  • Highwic


    A must-visit for lovers of history, architecture and gardens, this rambling Gothic mansion is the legacy of early colonial Alfred Buckland. A businessman, farmer and father of 21 children, Buckland made a lasting contribution to provincial Auckland during the 19th century.

  • Melanesian Mission

    Melanesian Mission

    The stone Melanesian Mission building is an early colonial structure that has had a long association with education in the Auckland region.

  • Ewelme Cottage

    Ewelme Cottage

    The kauri-constructed Ewelme Cottage has a link with the Anglican community in Auckland, the dwelling designed and built by the Reverend Vicesimus Lush (1817-1882) and his wife Blanche in 1863-64.