This stunning Newmarket mansion was built in 1862. It’s now open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday for a small fee.
Mansion House (Kawau Island)
Little bit hard to get to this one – but totally worth the effort. Mansion House is located on Kawau Island. It’s an hour’s drive to Sandspit then a short ferry to Kawau for the day. The Luxury Mansion was once owned by one of New Zealand’s first Governors, George Grey. The house was modified and expanded several times but dates from the early 1860’s.
Archaeological evidence of early Māori occupation dating back to 1200 AD is clearly evident within Stonefields reserve. There’s remnants of stone and earthwork structures all over this volcanic landscape. Whare (Maori dwellings) were built on the terraces. Rua (food pits) were dug to store kumara. In addition to the Maori settlement remains there are also some old settler homesteads from the mid 1800s and a number of stone walls built by settlers to contain stock. Located near Auckland Airport.
Located in the stunning Wenderholm Regional Park looking out towards the blue waters of the Hauraki Gulf, this historic homestead is open to the public for tours. The rest of the park is beautiful too. Bring your walking shoes and combine it with a trip to the historic Puhoi Pub.
The historic Puhoi Pub is an Auckland Icon. It’s located to the north of Auckland CDB and is a popular destination for motorbike rides. It’s also very popular with tourists heading north out of Auckland. It’s a great spot for lunch before or after visiting nearby Wenderholm Regional Park.
North Head Historic Reserve
North Head is a must visit for the view alone. The tunnels are also awesome. Built to defend Auckland during World War II. You can walk through many of the tunnels, bring a torch (flashlight).
Stony Batter Historic Reserve Waiheke Island
Similar to North Heads tunnels but on Waiheke so you can combine with wine tasting. The tunnels are currently closed to the public due to safety concerns, however the views from here are well worth the walk, even if you’re not that interested in the WWII tunnels.
Tired out from all that walking? Book a night or two in a luxury hotel on Waiheke.