Heritage

Experience historic heritage

We own and manage many heritage places on behalf of local communities.

Experience our heritage -  visit a historic home in a regional park, walk a heritage trail, and take part in an event during the heritage festival.


Featured heritage sites

Wynyard Quarter - Auckland Waterfront

  • View some of New Zealand's finest classic yachts and wooden vessels at Heritage Landing.
  • Visit Silo Park - built around the 35-metre Golden Bay cement silo and 'six-pack' in recognition of the area's industrial heritage.
  • Take your smartphone along the QR Journey and view videos about heritage features as you walk by them.
  • Check out the Waterfront Auckland website for more information.

Symonds Street Cemetery

Headstone at Symonds Street cemetery.

Mutukaroa/Hamlins Hill - Mount Wellington

  • Located in Mount Wellington, near central Auckland, Mutukaroa is among premier places of significance to mana whenua, and a regionally rare example of an extensive pre-European Māori settlement.
  • Remains of habitation can be seen in the form of pits, terraces and middens (refuse).
  • See our Regional parks section for more information.

Sir George Grey collection - Auckland Central Library

  • Sir George Grey Collection. Gifted to Auckland citizens by Sir George Grey in 1887, the collection is an incredible example of Auckland's rich cultural heritage.
  • The collection includes rare books, medieval manuscripts, and special highlights, such as Roman Missal from 15th Century Besançon, Shakespeare's 'First Folio', and music to 'God Defend New Zealand'.
  • Visit the George Grey Collection website to view the collection online, and find out how you can see it in person.

Otuataua Stonefields - Mangere

  • Premier Parks - Otuataua Stonefields. As one of only two major remnants of Auckland's 8000ha of volcanic stonefields, the 100ha making up Otuataua Stonefields is an important archaeological site and educational resource.
  • Māori farmers used warm volcanic stones in the soil to extend the growing season for tropical crops like taro and kumara by one month. Later, Europeans used the stones to build spectacular dry stone walls to fence their farms.
  • Take the historical walk to see some of what's been left behind, or the botanical or geological walks to explore the area's unique natural heritage. View the Otuataua Stonefields page for more.

Rangitoto Ships' Graveyard - Rangitoto

  • Wreck Bay and the adjacent coastline of Rangitoto is a graveyard for at least 13 ships that were dumped between 1887 and 1947. The Rangitoto hulks are now protected as a regionally significant heritage site.
  • The wrecks are best visited at low tide; the deeper wreckage just offshore attracts a variety of marine life, and can be appreciated by snorkelling or scuba diving.
  • To get there, take the Wreck Bay Track, which is signposted from Islington Bay Road.

Shakespear WWII Defences - Shakespear Regional Park

  • Shakespear WWII Defences - Pillbox. Of 11 machine gun emplacements (pillboxes) built at Whangaparoa in early 1942, there are only four remaining, and only two are easy to find. One, codenamed Milo, is on the Heritage Trail, while the other, codenamed Podges, is beside the Army Bay boat ramp.
  • The anti-tank ditch is the only substantially intact example of this type of defence remaining in the region. When built, it extended between Army and Okoromai Bays, but it now looks like a large water-filled ditch that runs along the end of the wetland.
  • View the Shakespear Regional Park page for more.

For more ideas, or for information on a heritage site not listed above, you can:


Heritage walks

We have a range of heritage walk leaflets featuring walking routes that guide you past heritage sites or historic interest points in each area.

Each leaflet contains:

  • background information about the area
  • a map of the walking route
  • information about the historic points of interest along the way.   

Area  Walks

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North 

 

South

 

West

 

Regional

 


Heritage Festival 

The Heritage Festival is an annual celebration which showcases Auckland's heritage.

The festival gives Aucklanders and visitors the opportunity to discover and experience heritage through more than 200 events over two weeks in September and October.

We fund and promote the festival and encourage local and community groups to organise events that honour and preserve their local historic heritage stories.  

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