Auckland Heritage Festival Diary - Kids and Families

Last Updated : 11 Dec 2019

Check out the Auckland Heritage Festival Programme, with events running from 5 to 28 October. To help you pick out a few events to attend, we've put together the Auckland Heritage Festival Diary so you can look at some of the events for your family.

Children's Couldrey House discovery day

Heritage Festival Diary Kids And Families Couldrey House

When: Wednesday 9 October, 2pm - 3pm

Where: Orewa Library, 12 Moana Ave, Orewa

Cost: Free, bookings required

Orewa Library partners with Couldrey House for a children's day at the library.

Children will learn about how people used to journey to Wenderholm in the past, the challenges and how different it is today.

What does Wenderholm mean? They will find this out, see historical objects, hear old fashioned stories and make food from scratch as they would have then.

They will get to churn butter by hand and make a holiday picnic classic - and try their butter on some scones. 

For more information, visit the Auckland Heritage Festival website.

Navigating the Seas - holiday programme

Heritage Festival Diary Kids And Families Navigating The Seas

When: Saturday 5 to Friday 11 October, 10am - 2pm

Where: New Zealand Maritime Museum Hui Te Ananui A Tangaroa, Cnr Quay St and Hobson St, Viaduct Harbour

Cost: $5, no booking required

Imagine the life of your tupuna (ancestors) as they journeyed across te moana (the ocean).

What would they have seen? What would they have eaten? How would you have collected water and slept?

Get your imagination flowing by joining us for hands-on art activities throughout the museum.

Book a spot on Ted Ashby, our heritage sailing vessel and head out for a harbour sailing too.

Activity continues running outside of the festival dates.

For more information, visit the Auckland Heritage Festival website.

PumpHouse journeys: Mama Long-fin

Heritage Festival Diary Kids And Families Mama Long Fin

When: Monday 21 to Saturday 25 October, 10am - 11am and 1pm - 2pm

Where: The PumpHouse Theatre, 2a Manurere Ave, Takapuna

Cost: $12, bookings preferred

The premiere season of Mama Long-fin will take place at the PumpHouse Theatre in Takapuna on the edge of Lake Pupuke, a major eel habitat.

The show will be workshopped with children from Takapuna Primary School, who will participate in the show's premiere performance.

For more information, visit the Auckland Heritage Festival website.

All at sea: fun in the holidays

Heritage Festival Diary Kids And Families All At Sea

When: Saturday 5 to Sunday 13 October, 10am - 5pm

Where: Howick Historical Village, Lloyd Elsmore Park, Bells Rd, Pakuranga

Cost: See the Howick Historical Village website for ticket pricing. No booking required.

The Howick Historical Village presents a collection of activities, tours and talks throughout the school holidays.

Hands-on exhibits and a children's trail around the village provide something for the whole family.

Learn about life as a Fencible and read the personal stories and diary entries. Find out about life aboard the ship and what the children did on the long journey to New Zealand. Try out one of the beds on the ship!

Experience life as a settler.

Activities available throughout the school holidays and continue running outside of the festival dates. 

For more information, visit the Auckland Heritage Festival website.

Caring for our islands

Heritage Festival Diary Kids And Families Taking Care Of Our Islands
Kākāpō by J G Keulemans, 1888, modified by Jamie Ward

When: Wednesday 9 October, 10am - 11.30am

Where: Waiheke Library, 131 - 133 Ocean View Rd, Waiheke Island

Cost: Free, no booking required

Come and play card and board games about keeping predators off islands.

Learn through fun how we can care for our treasured islands!

Suitable for 7 to 14 year olds.

For more information, check out the Auckland Heritage Festival website. 

Fun Palace at Devonport

Heritage Festival Diary Kids And Families Fun Palace

When: Saturday 5 October, 10am - 3pm

Where: Navy Museum, 64 King Edward Parade, Devonport

Cost: Free, no booking required

Weaving our past into the future.

The tangata whenua of Tāmaki Makaurau passed down their skills and crafts which told their stories, lineage, and means of survival. When immigrants came to Aotearoa, they brought the handcrafts and tools of their culture to help them create a new life.

The museum and library explore the cultural diversity and history of our community through a range of activities. Create and celebrate your own journey!

Suitable for all ages.

For more information, visit or the Auckland Heritage Festival website.

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