Highwic - Heritage New Zealand. See how Colonial Auckland's upper crust lived at Highwic - one of New Zealand's finest Carpenter Gothic homes. Built in 1862 by successful businessman and landowner Alfred Buckland, Highwic was home to Alfred's 21 children. Today the house is furnished with a wonderful selection of antiques, with a hectare of beautiful garden where visitors can still enjoy croquet and a quiet stroll - including the romantic Lover's Walk.

Highwic - Heritage New Zealand

Historic - Auckland - Epsom

See how Colonial Auckland's upper crust lived at Highwic - one of New Zealand's finest Carpenter Gothic homes. Built in 1862 by successful businessman and landowner Alfred Buckland, Highwic was home to Alfred's 21 children. Today the house is furnished with a wonderful selection of antiques, with a hectare of beautiful garden where visitors can still enjoy croquet and a quiet stroll - including the romantic Lover's Walk.

Located in the heart of Newmarket - Auckland's premier shopping district - Highwic was built from an American house pattern based on country homes on the East Coast of the United States, and provides a refined haven of peace and beauty for visitors. Highwic is available for hire as a venue for functions.

History

Alfred Buckland and Eliza Wallen married in England and emigrated to New Zealand in 1850 on the sailing ship "Sir Edward Paget". They first settled in South Auckland where they became well established quite quickly by buying and selling land. Twelve years later they purchased 5 acres (2 ha), in Eliza's name and moved closer to Auckland to the newly emerging area of Epsom. They named their property Highwic.

In 1978 Heritage New Zealand and the Auckland City Council purchased Highwic. Furnished as it might have been in Alfred Buckland's time, Highwic offers an insight into the daily life and leisure activities of a large and wealthy colonial family.

The original Victorian garden is still evident as the house and grounds remained in the Buckland family until 1978. Most of Highwic is hidden from public view by mature trees and high hedges. A formal element remains in a hedged , circular garden with narrow curving pathways. Other, formally edged beds contain old fashioned perennials and annuals, and a fern house features many further varieties of indigenous ferns.

Opening Hours and Location

40 Gillies Ave, Epsom (entrance driveway is off Mortimer Pass).

Open Wednesday to Sunday
10.30 am to 12.00 noon and 1.00 pm to 4.30 pm
Closed Christmas Day & Good Friday

Address
40 Gillies Ave,
Epsom,
Auckland

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