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“History in Howick” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Howick Historical Village

Howick Historical Village
P O Box 18 056, Bells Road | Lloyd Elsmore Park, Howick, Auckland, New Zealand
64 09 5769506
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Ranked #24 of 186 things to do in Auckland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Enter another era at this living museum, where costumed staff and 30 restored buildings recreate an early Auckland settlement.
Auckland
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“History in Howick”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

We have been Auckland residents for 42 years, yet had never been to see the Howick Historical Village. (Shame on us!) However - we have now corrected this oversight.

We went there on one of their 'non-live' days and, though probably some of the character was missing, there was also more room to move and actually see the different exhibits, rather than being part of a large crowd.

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and the isometric map provided gave us a very good idea of the layout of the village and the points of interest. Additionally, the map gives a good mini-history of each building.

The layout is very 'village-like', with the houses grouped mainly to one side of a pond and some open, green spaces. We particularly enjoyed the personal histories of the inhabitants of the buildings and were disappointed that one or two of these were a little worse for the weather having had access to them.

Afterwards, there was a very pleasant lunch to be had at the building housing the entrance/exit area and shop.

Well worth a visit and we'll be returning with some visitors to Auckland in the near future.

Visited September 2012
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“Something different for the kids”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

A special day out at the Howick Historical Village - great for something different to do on the weekend. Good for all ages - although I think the novelty wears thin for teenagers!

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“Howick Historical Village Live Day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Went here on a third Sunday and it was the Village's Monthly Live Day. I just loved the atmosphere of seeing the volunteers dressed up in Victorian clothing an acting the part.

Visited August 2012
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“Live Day was fantastic fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

A family pass was $38 for two adults and two children. We had a great afternoon there enjoying the recent Live Day. There were heaps of volunteers dressed up in costume and we got some great photos with the militia. The Victorian teaching in the classroom was also fantastic fun! It was great as well to see the kitchens being used and to taste bread made in the brick ovens or ginger gems made on the griddle.

Visited August 2012
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“A slice of History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

Anyone wishing to know how the original Settlers survived need to visit this venue. Very authentic!!

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