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Howick Historical Village

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Address: P O Box 18 056, Bells Road | Lloyd Elsmore Park, Howick, Auckland, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 09 5769506
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Description: Enter another era at this living museum, where costumed staff and 30...
Enter another era at this living museum, where costumed staff and 30 restored buildings recreate an early Auckland settlement.
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Worth the effort of getting there

The main (only) problem with Howick Historical Village is that it is not at Howick and the locals don't seem to know it! So we arrived after a ferry , two buses and a 20 minute... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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York, UK
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201 reviews 201 reviews
9 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The main (only) problem with Howick Historical Village is that it is not at Howick and the locals don't seem to know it! So we arrived after a ferry , two buses and a 20 minute walk ready to be disappointed. In fact the place is a gem, even without the animations which take place at weekends. The cafe too... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

The village has a lovely collection of colonial style cottages and homes from the times of the early settlors of New Zealand which are well maintained. We visited on a Live day which happens once a month which really helped to create the feeling that you'd stepped back in time to a fencible settlement. There are a lot of interactive... More 

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BournemouthUK
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

First class historical sight with original buildings that have restored . Very interesting to understand and appreciate the tough conditions and hardships that were faced and overcome by the original settlers . Very nice and friendly staff with great cafe / restaurant at the entrance

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Was an eye opener for my teenaged sister to see how hard early settlers had to work. They started from scratch, living off the land. Just fascinating to learn about our local history. Loved everything about this place. Was a nice day for a stroll and the staff are friendly and welcoming. Plenty of space to have a picnic and... More 

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Mandurah, Australia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Had a great lunch here and found it really interesting taking a step back into another world. the volunteers do a great job making it interesting

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Britain
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

A lot of effort and hard work has gone not creating this village, moving all the houses from around the district to one place !! Really enjoyed it. Would go back.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We really enjoyed our visit to Howick. So many little dwellings to wander into. Well sequenced walk through history. So many interesting stories to read. Our children really enjoyed visiting the schoolrooms and seeing historical toys. We didn't go on a 'special' day so it was quiet and we still felt that we saw so much.

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London, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This is great if you like this "real" approach to History. If you do not find history interesting, do not go!. As others have said, a leisurely walk around was well worth it for us. Tricky to find, so make sure you have a good road map to get there.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

What a lovely way to spend a day looking at bygone days with people acting out different scenes and beautiful old buildings that have been perfectly restored.Well worth a visit.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a very well set up village showing a slice of life 150 years ago when the first settlers arrived. You can go inside all the little houses, some reproductions, some originals. Lots of interactive things like the childrens games in the schoolhouse. Staff very knowledgable and friendly and the gift shop has some beautiful things to buy. A... More 

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