Smile, Imagine, Reminisce!

17/03/2021 - 30/05/2021

Currently filling the Collector’s Cabinet in the ballroom at  Alberton is a small display of vintage 20th-century toys belonging to Auckland enthusiast Paul Maringka.

Collecting toys has been a life-long passion for Paul. With acquisitions from flea markets and antique shops around the world, as well as donations, his impressive hoard fills a shipping container! In pristine condition with original boxes, these are wind-up, battery-operated, 'rotate-o-matic', with 'magic' piston action, bright colours, lights, sounds, boggling eyes and authentic design details. All are geared to delight, entertain and inspire the imagination. Their main objective: fun!

Flying saucer toy

Talk and Q & A with collector

Take a nostalgic trip back in time learn more about this incredible collection in an informal talk and Q&A with the collector, Paul Maringka on Sunday 28 March. Bring along a vintage toy of your own to tell its story.

Adults $12, children free.  Includes house entry and afternoon tea.  Registration is recommended - please contact Alberton on (090 346 7367 or

Event Details


  • Display runs March - 30 May.
  • Wednesday - Sunday 10.30am - 4.30pm
  • Collector's Talk
  • Sunday 28 March

How Much?

The display is free with normal admission. Collector's Talk: Adult: $12, children free and includes house entry and afternoon tea.

Make a Booking

Registration is recommended for the Collector's Talk,  Contact Alberton on or ring (09) 846 7367.


  • 100 Mt Albert Road
  • Mt Albert
  • Auckland
  • 1025

Contact Information

Opening Hours

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


Adults: $10 Accompanied children under 18 years: free. Children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult. Maximum of four children per paying adult. Unaccompanied children 15 years and above and still at school: $8. Please understand that surcharges may apply at times of special events.