It’s a great time to be a visitor in Auckland, with the upcoming Heritage Festival kicking off with a public weekend at Shed 10, Queens Wharf on September 28 and 29. More than 200 events make up the schedule, including walks, talks and tours, and exhibitions, running through to mid-October. Community-oriented and family-friendly, the programme is bound to have something for everyone – just jump into a Auckland Airport car hire from Hertz and be on your way. Here’s a sample of what’s on offer:
From 60s chic to contemporary styles, this is a free fashion exhibition highlighting items commonly worn by New Zealand women through the years at Lynnmall, New Lynn.
A free photographic exhibition at Mt Eden Maungawhau Village Centre that communicates Auckland’s natural, built and cultural heritage, through the development of Mt Eden in the 1800s, featuring work by Thomas Muir.
On September 28, take a walk through a trail linking five reserves in Parnell, New Zealand’s oldest suburb – including the foreshore of Hobson Bay. Meet at Jubilee Building, 545 Parnell Rd. $5 for adults, children free.
Also on September 28, check out the history of a south Auckland park through your smartphone or tablet. 10 Averill Street, Papakura
Keen to learn more about the marine life surrounding the City of Sails? This exhibition features life-sized replicas of the shore and inter-tidal zone around New Zealand’s coastline, all at Auckland War Memorial Museum
The Navy Museum, 64 King Edward Parade, Devonport, offers an insight into the excavated caves, guns, and control centre at Northhead, from September 28-29.
This iconic Auckland park played a key role during World War II, when the 39th General U.S. Army Hospital opened the doors of Cornwall Hospital. Find out more at Cornwall Park Information Centre.
A kauri tree, extracted from the Waitākere Ranges and then exported the world over. This free exhibition follows the tree’s journey abroad.