This stunning Newmarket mansion was built in 1862. It’s now open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday for a small fee. This is a perfect place to visit on a Sunday afternoon.
Mansion House (Kawau Island)
It’s a 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. Visiting this place is a full day’s activity.
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.
Visit Museums in Auckland
Auckland War Memorial Museum
This is one of the top places to visit in Auckland for tourists and local families. It’s without a doubt Auckland best Museum and highly regarded around the world.
Torpedo Bay Navy Museum
THis is one of the best free places to visit in Auckland. The museum itself is small but full of interesting stuff (If you’re into naval history). Even if you’re not a history buff this is on the waterfront in Devonport with a beatiful cafe and park. It’s a nice place to visit for all.
Auckland Art Gallery
This magnificent building is one of my favorite places to visit in Auckland CBD. It’s ever changing always interesting exhibits are a great mix of modern and historic art.
Huia Settlers Museum
Thistiny museum in Huia is a great stop on the way to Whatapu or on the way to or from the beach at Huia.