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“Howick Historical Village, Howick, Auckland...” 5 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 #18 of 88 Attractions in Auckland
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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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.
Waihi, New Zealand
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“Howick Historical Village, Howick, Auckland...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Great for a days visit in any weather during any season. So much to see and enjoy, both interactive and enjoyable to observe a selection of New Zealand colonial history. Great examples of what is was like all around New Zealand. There is also a great cafe for snacks and meals. Occasionally open at nights, as well as weekends.

Visited April 2014
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Nice birthday treat for the father inlaw”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Having recently celebrated his 85th birthday it was a real treat to take him and ourselves to the Howick Historical Village. It was a lovely days and surprisingly quiet for a Sunday walking around but not the cafe. We have been to the cafe several times in the last 6 months and been very impressed with the food and personable service.

Visited January 2014
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Facinating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Went there with two other boat people(Sea Princess) We're trying to figure out where to start but I decided to knock on the door to find out. Before I could knock the door opened and I greeted "kiaora". The gentleman was a little taken aback but turned out to be the owner. Very knowledgeable man. Gave us a royal tour. Highly recommended. The first missionary to the natives lived here. Tauranga is a beautiful little town.

Visited March 2014
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“A good place to learn New Zealands early settlers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

An interesting visit to a collection of houses acquired from various places on the North Island. The greeting by a volunteer dressed in costume was both informative and fun. The Village is well kept and suitable for all, with an excellent map giving a short description about each dwelling and its inhabitants.

Our only disappointment was that the school building was closed due to the dangerous roof needing repair. If a sign had been provided informing of this it would have been better and perhaps even a screen erected in the lobby of the school where the public could still view the building without being in danger. Also perhaps an opportunity missed to put a donation box so that visitors could contribute towards the cost of repair for this excellent facility.

Visited March 2014
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“Collection of military accommodation from the north island transplanted to an Auckland suburb”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Howick Village comprises a collection of houses/buildings from elsewhere on the northern part of the North Island, which have been literally “picked up”, transported and then re-assembled at this Auckland site. If a building was too big, it would have been cut into separate pieces for transportation and then joined back together once in Howick.

The Howick Historical Village site itself is incongruous in this modern Auckland suburb, with its surrounding DIY sheds, supermarket superstores, busy road intersections and modern housing developments.

The collection of houses includes some which you can go into and others which aren’t accessible. The first exhibit – in fact a tent – had blown down and was therefore out of action the day I was there. The whole presentation has been “packaged up” into a history around the houses - ie buildings/plots of land which were given to retired/injured soldiers in the c. late 19th century, in return for them coming to New Zealand for a specific time commitment and being a reserve army soldier in case Auckland or the region was attacked.

Whilst the self-guided tour started with a representative dressed in period costume and bonnet pointing out where to start the walk, I would have liked more information about where geographically each house had been lifted from, more on who had lived in the house (other than a Colonel who had a bigger house than a humble infantryman who had a small shack) and why, what their motivations were, who the successors were and whether they stayed on in New Zealand, and what everyday life would have been like at the time. In addition, information about whether any invaders needed to have been repelled or whether these soldiers played any more lasting impact in the early development of NZ– ie some wider context for this historical arrangement – would have been interesting. What is the underlying story behind this motley collection?

Visited February 2014
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