Exterior Cottage of Ewelme Cottage at dusk

Find out the meaning behind the name Vicesimus and the role a vicar played in the stories of this special place at the heart of inner city Auckland. Visit Ewelme Cottage and travel through time.

Opening Hours

10.30am - 4.30pm

Last admission into the house at 3.45pm

Closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day

no-smoking toilet


Member Free

Adult $10.00

Under 18 years Free

* Surcharges may apply for special events
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14 Ayr Street
Parnell, Auckland 1052

+64 9 524 5729


The Lush family and Ewelme cottage with flowers on a green background.

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Accessibility Accessibility

Ewelme Cottage is a multi-level building, with several changes of floor level and uneven surfaces on the paths approaching the site. Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair access to the cottage.


Photography for personal use is permitted in the house and gardens. Please refrain from using flash and also note we do not allow tripods inside the house.

Ewelme Cottage is also available for use for commercial filming and photography, as well as wedding/special occasion photography. Please contact staff at Highwic on 09 524 5729 or email highwicfunctions@heritage.org.nz.

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Cafe Food and Drink

There are a great selection of local cafés and eateries located just a short distance from Ewelme Cottage in Parnell and Auckland city.

This is a smoke and vape free site.

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Children and Whānau

Both inside and out, there are things for kids to discover. Inside explore the house, how many books can you count in the study? Or can you spot the miniature wooden tea set? It’s the apple of our eye. Outside, in the garden there is room to stretch little legs.

Things to remember

We care for some important taonga (treasures) in our collection and our heritage buildings have lived a long life, so some rooms or items in the house may be off limits at times for conservation and maintenance.

Some rooms may be dimly lit depending on the weather and time of year.



Safe Space

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is proud to be part of the Safe Space Alliance, offering safe and inclusive spaces that welcome and support the LGBTQI+ community.

A safe space is a space where the LGBTQI+ community can freely express themselves without fear. It is a space that doesn’t tolerate violence, bullying, or hate speech towards the LGBTQI+ community.

Safe spaces logo a rainbow circle with the words 'Safe Space, wāhi haumaru'

The Lush family outside Ewelme Cottage

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