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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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Howic Historical Village

What a lovely surprise. Absolutely beautiful old home with a very interesting history. Is in wonderful condition. Small admission charge. Very helpful staff. Definitely worth a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Auckland, New Zealand
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40 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are keen on local history this is a nice place to visit as in a park and you can see how people lived as have actors, parking should be fine, if you have time visit the town of Howick as it is one of the oldest towns in Auckland, also has nice beaches close by.

Thank mrterenceleg
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a lovely surprise. Absolutely beautiful old home with a very interesting history. Is in wonderful condition. Small admission charge. Very helpful staff. Definitely worth a visit

Thank Nan Johnston A
Burton, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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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101 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

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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Reviewed 13 March 2017 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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49 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

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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1,404 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 405 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

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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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017 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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8 reviews
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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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59 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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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