Top picks for Auckland Heritage Festival 2018
From 29 September to 14 October
This is one of our favorite festivals as the colourful characters and diverse cultures of Auckland are bought to life by the city’s historians, commentators and social anthropologists over a magical two weeks of walks, talks, exhibitions and market days.
Explore the secret gardens of Government house, the sacred spaces of the beautiful Bharatiya Mandir Hindu temple or marvel at Gottfried Lindauer’s majestic Maori portraits. Tour Eden Park with historians, stroll across the Museum's rooftop or join a guided walk along K’Road to celebrate Pasifika settlement. There’s such a vibrant programme on offer and something to suit all ages.
We revel in the fascinating heritage stories and secrets behind our vibrant city and have highlighted a few events which have captured our eye. Many of the events are free to the public.
Maori Art in the heart of the city
Saturday 6 October, 10.30am-12 noon. Helen Clark Room, Ellen Melville Centre, Freyberg Place
Join leading art historian and curator Linda Tyler for a public talk and a guided walk of city centre artworks created by reknowned Maori artists. The modernist movement emerged in 1960s, with Maori artists forging a new national identity of indigenous art. The city centre has a significant collection of legacy public works made by five Maori artists including Ralph Hotere, Fred Graham, Selwyn Muru, Paratene Matchitt and Arnold Manaaki Wilson. Their works are part of the city centre public art collection. Photographs of the artists and their art will be on display at the Ellen Melville Centre.
Auckland Museum rooftop tour
Monday 8 to Friday 12 October, 11am and 12 noon, Auckland Museum, Parnell
We just love a good rooftop stroll and this one affords spectacular views. Auckland Museum's South Crescent rooftop will be open for special tours during the Heritage Festival.Take advantage of this rare chance to get up high and learn more about a beloved heritage building, the people who built it and the ongoing role of kaitiaki (guardians), working to restore and preserve its features.
Government House Garden Walkabout
Saturday 13 October, 10am-11.30am. Entry is through the Savannah Street gate (near the entrance to Eden Gardens), off Omana Ave.
Not sure if the Governor General will be in residence, but this tour provides a rare opportunity to get behind the security gates of this elegant residence and learn about some of Auckland’s finest trees. The Tree Council is presenting guided walking tours of the heritage trees planted by early settlers in the historic setting of Government House.Leading the tour are the Government House Auckland Garden team and Dr Mike Wilcox, author of Auckland's Remarkable Urban Forest.
Join Pita Turei to explore the history of Karangahape and the significance to Maori of the city's strategic ridge line, now a busy uptown retail strip.
Until the middle of the 20th century Karangahape Road was the only street in central Auckland with a Maori name as it predated the European settlement.
The Symonds Street and Karangahape Road ridges are part of the walking route used by Maori to reach the Manukau Harbour. This track was known as Te Ara o Karangahape or The Path of Karangahape.
For the full Auckland Heritage Festival kicking off from September 29, click here . Or book onto any of our small-group Auckland walking tours to discover more about the city's history from a professional local guide.