Heritage Festival Diary: Week One Highlights

Last Updated : 20 Sep 2019
Heritage Festival Diary Week One A Decorative Bias

Check out the 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 Heritage Festival Diary so you can check out some of the highlights from week one.

A Decorative Bias: Parisian Ties 1919-209 - exhibition

When: Saturday 5 to Monday 28 October

Where: St Kevin's Arcade, 183 Karangahape Rd, Auckland Central

Cost: Free, no bookings required

A chance encounter on a train marked the beginning of a 100-year journey in men's fashion.

Callil Abdallah was a man blessed with an entrepreneurial spirit. In search of inspiration for a new venture, he went to America. On a train he struck up a conversation with a tie maker who explained to him how to make a necktie.

Callil drew the tie pattern onto a napkin and tucked it into his pocket where it stayed until he returned to New Zealand.

Back home he made his first tie and his company, Parisian Ties, has been making ties here ever since.

Find out more on the Heritage Festival website

Heritage Festival Diary Week One Kinder House

Kinder House: 200th birthday commemoration

When: Saturday 5 to Saturday 12 October, Wednesday to Saturday, 12pm - 3pm

Where: Kinder House, 2 Ayr St, Parnell

Cost: Free, no bookings required

The Rev. Dr John Kinder was the first Anglican headmaster in Auckland, and was one of New Zealand's most influential ministers, teachers and artists.

He presented the New Zealand landscape and all its peculiarities through his topographical landscape watercolours and photographs. His body of work gives us a portrait of early colonial New Zealand.

Exhibition continuing running outside of the festival dates.

Find out more on the Heritage Festival website.


Heritage Festival Diary Week One An Outdoor Journey At Highwic

An outdoor journey at Highwic

When: Saturday 5 October, 2pm - 3pm

Where: Highwic, 40 Gillies Ave, Epsom


  • Adults $15

  • Children free

  • Includes entry to the house

  • Bookings are preferred

Visit Highwic for a guided garden tour in the expert hands of one of our volunteer gardeners.

The Buckland family planned the English cottage style gardens to remind them of their Devon heritage.

Several live-in gardeners have cared for them ever since.

For more information, visit the Heritage Festival website.


Heritage Festival Diary Week One Night At Auckland Museum

Night at Auckland Museum: landlubbers to scurvy dogs

When: Sunday 6, Friday 11 and Sunday 13 October, 6pm - 8.30pm

Where: Auckland Museum north entrance, Auckland Domain, 1 Museum Circuit, Parnell

Cost: Tickets $30, bookings are required.

Ahoy ye families! Join our adventures and suffer a sailor's life on-board, as we navigate the southern oceans with Cook and co.

It will be all hands on deck as you learn how to behave in His Majesty's Royal Navy.

Avoid the dreaded cat o' nine tails and sample some delightful 19th century naval food. Mmmm, pease porridge, anyone?

Discover stories and traditions of tangata whenua as encountered by that first bewildered bunch of seafarers. How do you communicate if you don't speak the same language?

Try to dodge muddles and mix-ups once we reach the Pacific. Have you got what it takes?

Well, let’s batten down the hatches and join in the fun in this overboard quest.

For more information, see aucklandmuseum.com or the Heritage Festival website.


Heritage Festival Diary Week One Sir John's Journeys

Cornwall Park exhibition: Sir John's journeys

When: Saturday 5 to Monday 28 October, 10am – 4pm

Where: Huia Lodge Discovery Hub, Cornwall Park, Michael Horton Drive, Greenlane

Cost: Free, no bookings required

Join us at the Huia Discovery Hub this October to explore the journeys of Sir John Logan Campbell.

Sir John’s journeys are endless. He travelled from Tāmaki Makaurau as a young Scottish settler, and explored Aotearoa and the world.

With journeys come stories, knowledge and the bringing together of cultures, people and places.

This interactive exhibition showcases his passion for travel and his explorative nature.

Discover Sir John’s journey and create your own with us.

Exhibition continues outside of festival dates.

Visit the Heritage Festival website for more information.


Heritage Festival Diary Week One Birkenhead Village Fashion

Birkenhead Village presents: fashion, frocks and fancy dress


  • Saturday 5 to Monday 27 October

  • Live music: Friday 11 to Saturday 12 October, 11am – 1pm

Where: Yarntons, 18 – 20 Mokoia Road, Birkenhead

Cost: Free, no bookings required

The way a society dresses, and the materials and methods used to create clothes is fascinating.

Journey through the decades of displays through four shop windows that show the fashion of the time, and explain its significance.

Live music will also be playing on selected days.

For more information, visit the Heritage Festival website.

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