This spring, celebrate the people and cultures that make up our city at the 2018 Auckland Heritage Festival.
Bringing together the heritage stories from every corner of the city, each region has plenty of events to explore as part of the festival from 29 September to 14 October.
Discover stories of Avondale's Chinese Market Gardeners, from the Ah Chee family to the latter days of these enterprises. Take the Oratia Wild Walk on the trails of Te Kawerau a Maki, gum diggers and Dalmatian settlers or walk with the Ghosts of the Past in the George Maxwell Memorial Cemetery.
Uncover the history of Crown Lynn Potteries over an afternoon tea at New Lynn War Memorial Library and then have a go at recreating traditional Māori designs in a pottery painting workshop.
Head to Warkworth and learn about our Kiribati communities with the Documentary: Anote’s Ark or hear the fascinating stories of the adventurous Scots at Migration, Enterprise and Scottish Culture: Scots in Auckland’s North in Whangaparāoa. Bring the family out to the historic Taylors Farm to reminisce over the old-fashioned rural life of yesteryear and meet farm animals.
Take the Karangahape Fiafia Walk to discover the Pasifika peoples’ stories through poetry, oratory, music and dance; or mark the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage in New Zealand with Central City Library’s Wāhine Take Action exhibition.
Explore the sacred spaces of the Auckland Hebrew Congregation synagogue, the Bharatiya Mandir Hindu Temple and Ponsonby Mosque. Plus, for a unique experience, join the Augmented Reality Historic Tour of Uptown.
Discover the stories of some of the unique individuals from Auckland’s heritage, meet Devonport Peninsula’s Military Men and head to Howick to recognise our past heroes at a unique and interactive medals workshop. Don't miss exploring Howick Historical Village to live a day in the past and see if you would have been a candle-maker, besom maker or blacksmith!
Head to Onehunga to uncover the story of the Venetian sailor who came with James Cook on the Endeavour in 1769 and the Italian immigrants who followed at Dall'Altra Parte Del Mondo (to the Other Side of the World) and hear about Arthur Purchas: Man of a Thousand Hats - “the most gifted man ever to come to New Zealand”. Be enthralled by stories of one of our most iconic national heroes at ‘the house that Ed built’, now the Hillary House Leadership Centre in Ōtara.
Auckland Heritage Festival 2018
This year’s festival theme is Ngā iwi o Tāmaki Makaurau – celebrating the heritage of our people, bringing together the heritage stories of the many different communities that make up Auckland.
Find out more information on all of the events taking place at heritagefestival.co.nz