Events and exhibitions
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Enjoy the following events in the very special atmosphere provided by Highwic. Follow the blue links to find out more about each event.
Mortimer Pass closure
Mortimer Pass is closed while Scentre Group undertake civil works including street beautification and complete the new Westfield Newmarket living centre. There is no road or pedestrian access to Highwic from Mortimer Pass during this time. The main entrance at 40 Gillies Avenue is open - please see the this map (pdf) for detour details. Thank you for your patience.
Visit Highwic during our Coal Range Cooking days and see, smell and taste cooking being done on our authentic Victorian coal range.
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.
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.
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.
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.