Howick Historical Village

Howick Historical Village, Auckland Central: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Howick Historical Village Reviews: 4.5/5

Howick Historical Village
4.5
Historic Sites • History Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Walk through our front gate of our Living Museum and step into the pages of a colonial history book. Explore the early settlement of Howick as it was in the mid to late 1800s. Open the doors of real homes and experience living history for yourself. See how the early settlers would have lived as they went about their daily activities. Better still, come along to one of our monthly "Meet the Villagers" Days where you will get the opportunity to interact with costumed villagers. Explore the heritage garden, have a picnic on the lawn or relax with home-style food and coffee in our cafe. And please ask questions of our volunteers on site. We love to share our knowledge of local history.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Marilynn M
7 contributions
Great Time
Nov 2020
Great to see how people used to live in days gone by.
Punch and Judy show was fasinating for the Grandkids.
They also liked the classroom and the toy museum.
The cafe was nice with friendly staff, and the shop had different knick knacks in it.
The grounds are kept superbly.
We were lucky on one occasion to be there when they dress up.
Written April 30, 2021
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Gvipin
Auckland, New Zealand209 contributions
Avoid
Nov 2020 • Couples
Not worth to pay and visit. Better to spend time else. Do not know why they run it even today. May be survive on school visit.
Written March 20, 2021
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396gemmaw
Auckland Central, New Zealand60 contributions
A cute couples stop
Jan 2021 • Couples
My boyfriend indulged me (after watching Bridgerton) and we stopped in on a Sunday to see an attraction in Auckland that we hadn’t been to before. I can report that his feedback was “I enjoyed that more than I thought I would” (he’s hard to please) and I got something as close to living at Bridgerton as possible in NZ! It wasn’t an “active day” which is the 3rd Sunday each month, but for $16pp we were really happy with what was on offer. It was a quiet day (which we enjoyed) and will be recommending this as a “must see” to our friends and family (especially those with kids). Highly recommend.
Written January 12, 2021
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Tintin4
Woodhill, New Zealand233 contributions
Experience life in the days of the fencibles..and what it was to be in the area in mid1800s onwards
Jan 2021
Really enjoyed our visit. This was a normal Saturday - no special demonstrations happening and we chose to follow the village property in numbered order. Overall wonderful experience...give yourself time to read the notes on each property and gain insight to the days of early Auckland. I understand there are days when live demonstrations occur (3rd Sunday/month..exception being December) but it is possible to guide yourself. Thought reference to long drop being linked to Jean Batten an interesting note! When compared to other Historic ‘townships’ around NZ (Ferrymead, The Plains) Howick is different as it is the fencibles and the part they played in NZ. Note with being run by volunteers and the rate of weed growth in local climate as well as possible decay on outdoor displays some items are a ‘bit rustic’ and overgrown. Filled with fruit trees, home garden plots and plants important for that time as well as water wells...essentially you can be totally immersed as it would have likely been at that time. Set up to enable a new colony to move forward with reference to both Maori and the new arrived families. Note Homestead Cafe on-site is wonderful too :-)
Written January 8, 2021
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Jonathan D
Auckland, New Zealand18 contributions
A throwback to the 1700's !
Feb 2020
Spent a morning here, started at the Heritage Cafe adjacent to the site , good coffee. The village is a conglomeration of a number of houses and huts , plus village activities of early Howick , these were set up by early fencible settlers from the UK. Very interesting indeed .
Written February 14, 2020
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Fazzers
Milton Keynes, UK62 contributions
Trip back in time
Jan 2020
This is a really lovely place to spend an hour or so with things to engage people of all ages; we couldn't get the children out of the toy museum.
Written February 5, 2020
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Howard A
Auckland, New Zealand200 contributions
Fabulous Day Out
Jan 2020
We visited Howick Historical Village on one of their meet the villagers days. We were able to play old fashioned games, we made butter, we made our own lemonade. We were entertained by a Pipe Band and Scottish dancers. There were military drills. They gave us a lesson in the school.
All of that on top of the fascinating old buildings and the history of the region. This is a must see.
Written January 24, 2020
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970lynne
Nottingham35 contributions
What a gem!
Jan 2020 • Couples
We have just visited this village on our way to Coromandel. What a lovely way to pass a couple of hours. It is about 20 mins from the city Center and easy to find with clear directions on the website. ( the sat nav did not recognise the address) The village consists of original houses brought together by the historical society and lovingly restored. There is lots of information about the buildings and the ‘fencibles’ Members are around in role and are welcoming, friendly and informative. There was an activity trail which children appeared to be enjoying. The cafe food was delicious with a good choice at reasonable prices. I am surprised it only features as 52 on things to do in Auckland.
Written January 15, 2020
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Sue P
Perth, Australia10 contributions
Jump back in Time
Jan 2020 • Friends
What an amazing place. Really got a feeling of how the earlier settlers lived. Would I have survived, I doubt it. The place was great plenty of kids there as it was school holidays, what an education for them.
Written January 10, 2020
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Tabatha1998
Auckland, New Zealand517 contributions
Great piece of history
Oct 2019
For a country that is low on historical attractions, this is a must for all ages. Well worth the trip.
Written November 17, 2019
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  • Tue - Sun 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM