Regarded as a living history museum, Howick Historical Village is one of the premier attractions in New Zealand. Exuding an old world charm, it is perhaps one of the most visited museums in Auckland, drawing in a number of locals and tourists from around the world. It is essentially a re-creation of a colonial village that existed in New Zealand during the 19th century.
The Howick Historical Village was founded in 1962 by Howick and Districts Historical Society, with the intention of preserving Howick’s history. Located amidst the enthralling suburb of Howick, the historical site features a number of cottages and houses, which are all original colonial buildings that were saved and collected by the society. Most of the buildings collected served as churches, schools, general stores and forges during the time. The museum also houses a number of artefacts, belonging to the settlers.
Sprawling across a seven acre site, Howick Historical Village provides visitors with an insightful experience to the life of the early settlers during 1840-1880. These settlers are recognized as the Fencible Families who were brought to New Zealand in order to defend and protect Auckland. Described as a step back in time, the museum enables travellers to experience the past where one can wander through the captivating buildings and the lush, verdant gardens.
One of the main features of the museum is its tour, where a guide will lead you to the many attractions within the site. The guides are all costumed in outfits that were prevalent during the time, adding a genuine and authentic feel to the historic experience. Taking you along the pathway, the guide will recount the epic tale behind each building. Each narration is different as it represents the life-story of the immigrants who lived in the building. The guide’s narration will describe the struggles and obstacles the settlers had to undergo to build a new life as well as the story of how they travelled halfway around the world to settle in New Zealand.
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