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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Summer Market Days return to Alberton! Come along to experience our family-friendly Sunday market in the garden, featuring specialty produce and handmade items with music, garden workshops, artisan food stalls and a pop-up tearoom.
Afternoon tea with a difference every second Sunday of the month. Take part in a delicious Living History Experience by visiting the Cookhouse at Totara Estate. Featuring the cake trolley, silver teapots Victorian maids and Sir Ralph Sherwood on the pianoforte.
The Summer operating days over summer are back at Clarks Mill - last Sunday of January, February and March. 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.
Celebrate our national day on 6 February and visit 19 staffed properties that Heritage New Zealand cares for. Entry is free, with special events planned at some of the properties.
There's some amazing stories to share, so come along, be part of our heritage and make a day of it with family and friends. Pick up a copy of our special (free) Te Rā o Waitangi / Waitangi Day commemorative booklet.
You never know who you might meet!
Gather a group of friends and don your finery for your annual chance to celebrate and savour the traditional ritual of high tea at Alberton.
Enjoy dainty sandwiches, scones, savouries and cakes with a showcase of luxury teas from Harney & Sons, served from vintage bone china and antique silverware on tables adorned with antique linens and floral displays. Soak up the beauty of the grand ballroom or the tranquil garden from the verandah. Come along for morning or afternoon tea or consider it a light luncheon. Tickets include a goodie bag and entry to explore the house (usually $10).
Always an occasion, these events sell out fast so make sure to book promptly.
On Friday 27th February 1981, Highwic was officially opened to the public by Colin Kay, Mayor of Auckland. Forty years later, you are invited to celebrate Highwic’s opening anniversary. Bring along a vintage style picnic to enjoy on the Tennis Lawn and relax with a bespoke cocktail or craft beer from the bar while you are entertained by gypsy Jazz band VozNeuva. Feel free to dress according to your favourite historic decade!
Over the coming weeks we will be publishing menus for picnics throughout the decades from the 1860s when Highwic was built until the 1980s when Highwic was opened to the public. Please check our Facebook page (@Highwic) for these menus which will feature delicious delicacies such as ham, tongue, pigeon pie, and roast fowl.