Join us at Highwic to discover a snapshot of Auckland society life in the 1860s.
Highwic has silver accreditation from Qualmark, New Zealand tourism's official quality assurance organisation. It also has a four star rating from the New Zealand Gardens Trust.
There is limited free parking onsite for visitors, if you find the carpark is already full we recommend parking next door at Westfield Newmarket, please note your first two hours are free (when using their parking app), after two hours this becomes paid parking. Bus parking for groups is available for drop-off and pick-up’s at bus stop 8602 on Gillies Avenue, with a small space available on site for a minibus. There is a designated accessible parking space available. Visitors are welcome to use the driveway to drop-off and pick-up visitors for easy access.
Highwic is a multi-level building, with several changes of floor level and uneven surfaces on the paths approaching the site. There is access for people with wheelchairs to the ground floor areas of the house via a ramp, just let our staff know you require it. There is a designated accessible parking space for visitors with limited mobility.
Food and Drink
Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic with them to enjoy in our grounds. Please remember to take all food and rubbish with you. There are also a great selection of local cafés and eateries located just a short distance from Highwic.
This is a smoke and vape free site.
Surrounded by large historic trees, some as old as Highwic itself, the gardens begin with a spacious manicured lawn for croquet and back when the house was a bustling family home a grass tennis court.
Beehives in the orchard produce honey year-round which you can find in the Highwic gift shop when visiting the house. Kids of all ages will love the whimsical garden trail and the meandering Lovers Walk.
Rated as a four-star garden of significance from the New Zealand Gardens Trust.
Built in 1862 Highwic is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s finest Carpenter Gothic mansions and provides a spectacular heritage setting for your next event. Whether you are planning a wedding, corporate event, celebration of life, or meeting, Highwic is the perfect venue for your upcoming function. Highwic offers many unique and charming spaces such as the 1880s Drawing Room, the Billiard House as well as award-winning heritage gardens.
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.
Highwic is also available for use for commercial filming and photography, as well as wedding/special occasion photography. Please contact Highwic on 09 524 5729 or email email@example.com.
Children and whānau
Both inside and out, there are things for kids to discover. Inside explore the house, can you find the Buckland’s pet parrot? What would you name it? If you time it right, you might even see our old coal range oven in action. A children’s activity sheet is also available, just ask our staff.
Outside, there is plenty of room to stretch little legs while you explore the gardens, former tennis and croquet lawns. Don’t miss the whimsical garden trail and meandering Lovers Walk. Traditional games, including croquet and quoits are available, just ask our staff.
We have baby change facilities available.
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.
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.
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