Alberton - Heritage New Zealand. Once the centre of an estate that stretched as far as the eye could see, this beautiful building grew from a farmhouse into an 18-room mansion - including Oriental styled decorative verandahs and towers. Famous in the 19th Century for its balls, hunts, garden parties and music, Alberton was the 'party house' for Auckland's Colonial elite.

Alberton - Heritage New Zealand

Historic - Auckland - Mount Albert

Alberton is a distinctive colonial mansion, built about 1863 by one of Auckland's elite landed families. Once the centre of an estate that stretched as far as the eye could see, this beautiful building grew from a farmhouse into an 18-room mansion - including Oriental styled decorative verandahs and towers. Famous in the 19th Century for its balls, hunts, garden parties and music, Alberton was the 'party house' for Auckland's Colonial elite. It was owned by the Kerr Taylors, a leading family in Mount Albert, until it was left to Heritage New Zealand in 1972.

History

Alberton was home to Allan Kerr Taylor and his second wife Sophia - an outspoken advocate for women's suffrage - as well as their 10 children. Alberton contains a wealth of original family furniture and other possessions, including exceptionally rare 19th Century wallpaper and Alberton's original landmark fountain.

Alberton is significant as one of the best-preserved houses of the colonial elite in the Auckland region, providing tangible evidence of the grandeur and individuality of many such residences.

Historic Alberton is surrounded by a beautiful half-hectare park-like garden.

Visitors can stroll around the lawn and admire the many protected trees including magnificent old oaks, Californian redwood, Japanese cedars, rare sandpaper figs, and old fruit trees. The garden provides a peaceful oasis amid the bustle of central Auckland where you can hear native bird song and the sound of water splashing from the ancient fountain.

The picturesque garden is a small reminder of the large formal garden which was originally located in front of Alberton. It is a lovely area to enjoy for a stroll or as a backdrop for wedding photographs.

Opening Hours and Information

Open Wed-Sun, 10am-4.30pm. Ph 09-846-7367

Alberton is available for hire as a venue for functions.

Address
100 Mount Albert Road,
Mount Albert,
Auckland

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