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If I could give it 6 stars I would. Such a quaint little place . So interesting . Great helpful... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Auckland, New Zealand
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Better than expected

Spent a good couple of hours exploring with the 8 year old. Fascinating for both of us. The map... read more

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Enter another era at this living museum, where costumed staff and 30 restored buildings recreate an early Auckland settlement.
Bells Road | Lloyd Elsmore Park, Howick, Auckland Central, Auckland, New Zealand
+64 9-576 9506
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If I could give it 6 stars I would. Such a quaint little place . So interesting . Great helpful staff. Good cafe. My 5 and 7 year old spent 6 hours wandering round . They were fascinated. Aucklands best kept secret

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent a good couple of hours exploring with the 8 year old. Fascinating for both of us. The map with information on each stop is very useful.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 11 December 2018

My Dad's family landed on Howick Beach with the Fencibles in the mid 1800s... so this place was always pretty special. There are original buildings, both big and small (well tiny..)... homes, schools all sorts. The classrooms take you right back to the day.. They...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 2 December 2018 via mobile

The Howick Historic Village offers a wonderful glimpse into the past of NZ. The homes of the early settlers from 1840 have been recreated or moved to this village and maintained. There are school, a church, a courthouse, and the various homes ranging from the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank CollRr
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

Very informative exhibits.... really gives you appreciation of how comfortable our lives are by comparison to these brave early settlers. Beautiful setup of "telling their story"... we enjoyed it completely even when we went on the "non-live" day where they would have volunteers dress up...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 18 October 2018

great day exploring the colonial past well set up and very informative . Love to go on a live day where they have enactments.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Molzmum
Howick Historic... V, Marketing/Events Manager at Howick Historical Village, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2018

Thank you very much for visiting us so glad you enjoyed your visit. We have a Meet the Villagers Live Day coming up on Sunday 18th, 10am-4pm, if you are in the area we would love to invite you back for a visit.

Reviewed 25 August 2018

It was great I loved every minute I have been to Auckland a few times didnt even know this place existed - so interesting Ty for a lovely day

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank MissyBEE33
Reviewed 22 August 2018

It was cold and raining, but yet we spend over an hour visiting every single house, shack and tent and took many photos. It is wonderful reading and visiting a part of New Zealand history. Too bad it was raining and there were no other...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank TKW888
Reviewed 15 August 2018

This is an opportunity to go back in time and get a feel for life in this part of Auckland, a few generations back.

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank davidV1642TR
Reviewed 13 July 2018

You actually feel like you have stepped through a door in to another time with chickens running free, staff dressed in period clothing and the layout of the buildings.

Date of experience: February 2018
2  Thank themanaks
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Response from Carol M | Reviewed this property |
I don't know either as we were on a self-drive holiday but the "I site" in Auckland ( down on the harbour) would be able to advise you, they are fantastic sites all around NZ to help with this sort of enquiry and tours... More
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Response from jeanmanning | Reviewed this property |
The villiage is open every day but better to go on the weekends when there is more activity. The best accommodation is Halfmoon bay Marina which is a short drive away but also 5 minutes walk to the ferry terminal where you... More