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Howick Historical Village

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Address: Bells Road | Lloyd Elsmore Park, Howick, Auckland, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 9-576 9506

Enter another era at this living museum, where costumed staff and 30...

Enter another era at this living museum, where costumed staff and 30 restored buildings recreate an early Auckland settlement.

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A huge return on your entry fee

A fantastic place, packed full of information about early settlers and their experiences. Give yourself plenty of time and savour the atmosphere. The volunteers are brilliant and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Adrian C
Burton, United Kingdom
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Burton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A fantastic place, packed full of information about early settlers and their experiences. Give yourself plenty of time and savour the atmosphere. The volunteers are brilliant and help bring the history of NZ alive. Do go, please!

1 Thank Adrian C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

you have to go here and have a look to see into the past what it was like go for the whole family and how it was away back 1800 hundreds will take about 2 hours to stop and look it you will love it all

1 Thank Glen S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was fortunate enough to go as a parent helper on a school trip - was crazy busy with all our kids but the wonderful staff (who looked fab in their costumes) were awesome..... they were friendly, informative and extremely patient. The village was so interesting and beautifully laid out - I'm fully intending to bring my kids for a visit... More 

Thank Raewyn H
Lihir Island, Papua New Guinea
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a fabulous place. You step back in time and get a real feel for how the settlers lived in the 1800's. My husband and I both loved it. Not to be missed

Thank Linda1459871
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We enjoyed an afternoon visiting the village. We were greeted warmly and then given a 10 minute personal introduction of the history of the historical village. It was interesting to hear about the soldier-settlers and see their homes, churches, schools and businesses. We were there for a about 1.5 hours. Also enjoyed playing with the historical toys. They have 34... More 

1 Thank Diane K
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We found out about this museum by chance as it wasn't listed in many guide books. We chose to go by ferry to Half Moon Bay and onwards to the museum. This proved to be rather awkward as bus driver hadn't a clue where the museum was. A local couple on the bus took pity on us and gave us... More 

Thank Carol E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

This is a place mostly students and young ones will enjoy. As it dates them back hundred years. People, staff here still wearing clothes from mediaval years. Very interesting history of mankind. I love it.

Thank Olivia S
Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

They have collected a number of houses and buildings appropriate to the time when the first European settlers arrived in the area in the mid 19th century. The cost of admission was reasonable and there was so much to see that we happily took a couple of hours there. The docent that day was welcoming and very helpful, even knew... More 

Thank Dave M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

the Howick Historical Village is an amazing place to go to. It documents, though its buildigs, scenarios and exhibits, the colonialisation of the Auckland Isthmus. We have to recognise that the British colonialisation of New Zealand is part of the EnZed experience, we cannot hide it, nor pretend that it didn't happen. People were brought from the other side of... More 

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Santa Ana, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

The replicas and information in this setting lets you touch history. We love historical things and this place is a gem. You can see and feel the progress from first settlers arriving to later "mansions" of the next generations. There is small cafe where you can have lunch and enjoy the place at leisure. On certain days there are costumed... More 

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