The 2017 Auckland Heritage Festival has finished.

The 2018 festival will take place from 30 September to 14 October 2018.

Click here to visit our 2018 festival page.


2017 Events: (all events have ended)


Allendale House

Allendale House Guided Tour  – BOOKED OUT!

We are delighted to welcome Peter Reed from Salmond Architects leading the guided tour of this magnificent building. Peter oversaw the major restoration of Allendale which was completed in 2013. Erected in the early 1890s, this magnificent home had become a boarding house by the turn of the 20th century. Over the years it has also been a doctor’s surgery, hostel for Māori girls, refuge for alcoholic men and a restaurant. Today it is the home of Foundation North and remains a prominent landmark in Ponsonby Road. Bookings Essential – this is expected to be a popular tour so please book early. Tue 3 Oct, 10-11am Thu 5 Oct, 10-11am  Tue 10 Oct, 10-11am Thu 12 Oct, 11am-12pm Location: Allendale House, 50 Ponsonby Road


Guided Heritage Walk of Ponsonby – BOOKED OUT!

Ponsonby is one of the earliest and most vibrant inner-city neighbourhoods in Auckland. It has been home to actors and musicians, lawyers, All Blacks, poets, playwrights, politicians, romantics and revolutionaries, bishops and brothels. Ponsonby’s unique heritage, as well as its bars, bistros, coffee houses, fashion boutiques and galleries, creates a rich flavour. Join historian and author Edward Bennett as he leads you through the streets of Ponsonby, telling some of the stories associated with the people, places and architecture in the area. Sat 30 Sep, 10am-Noon Sat 14 Oct, 10am-Noon Meet outside the old Ponsonby Post Office, 1-3 St Marys Road Bookings Essential


Guided Walk of Churches in Ponsonby  – BOOKED OUT!

Join us on this unique opportunity to learn more about the historic churches of Ponsonby. We walk inside St John’s Methodist, All Saints Anglican, and St Stephen’s Presbyterian churches. We also visit Ponsonby Baptist Church and enjoy a brief recital on the John Avery Organ of 1779 – one of Australasia’s oldest organs! Sat 14 Oct, 1.30-3.30pm Meet outside St John’s Church, 229A Ponsonby Road Bookings Essential


Pasifika Years – A Guided Walk with the Pua Brothers – FULLY BOOKED!

Join brothers Mua and Sofi for an entertaining stroll along Ponsonby Road listening to stories from their childhood growing up in Ponsonby. Ponsonby was once a working-class suburb populated with bohemian artists, reforming prisoners, entrepreneurs and gang members. Relive a different time in Ponsonby’s past and enjoy a great walk on the last day of the Heritage Festival. Sun 15 Oct, 11am-12.30pm Meet inside Studio One Toi Tū , 1 Ponsonby Road Bookings Essential

Leys Institute Building1, 2017, Everall Deans

Guided Tour of Leys Institute Building and Photo Exhibition  – FULLY BOOKED!

The Leys Institute is an impressive building and has played a significant role in Ponsonby’s history. Join us on a guided tour and discover more about its history. The tour covers the lecture hall, library, gymnasium and the basement area. Fri 6 Oct, 2-3pm Wed 11 Oct, 2-3pm Location: Leys Institute Library, 20 St Marys Road Bookings Preferred.  


Bishop’s Palace Guided Tour  – FULLY BOOKED!

A rare opportunity to walk inside one of Auckland’s secret gems – the 1896 Bishop’s Palace, which has served as the home of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Auckland for over 120 years! This imposing building is one of the largest intact buildings from the Victorian era in New Zealand. It was also one of Auckland’s first houses lit by electricity and still has it’s original porcelain toilets. The Bishop’s House is registered as a Category 1 historic building, identifying it as a place of outstanding heritage significance. Read about this tour in Bookings Essential – strictly no admittance inside the building without a booking, sorry. Thur 5 Oct , 11am-12.30pm Thur 5 Oct, 2pm-3.30pm Pompallier Diocesan Centre, St Mary’s Bay (Address will be confirmed by email)


Ponsonby Presents: Taste Ponsonby History – FULLY BOOKED!

Take this guided tour with Eat Auckland Food Tours from Pember Reeves Street to Three Lamps and reminisce about some of the eateries from yesteryear that helped define Ponsonby’s cool. But there is more to Ponsonby’s history than cappuccinos. Discover some of the factories and shops that employed locals and shops that fed the community. Price includes Ponsonby-style petits-fours with wine, coffee or tea at Augustus Bistro. Food historian André Taber and chef local food lover Lisa Loveday are your guides. Cost $25 includes food and drink. Sunday 8 October from 1.30pm Saturday 14 October from 1.30 pm Meet on the corner of Pember Reeves Street and Ponsonby Road


Memories of Auckland Past

Memories of Auckland Past

Take a trip down memory lane and watch a video about what life was like growing up in Auckland during the 1950s and 1960s. The video captures personal stories and memories of people who lived in the city during this exciting era. Filmed by Everall Deans. A continuous loop screening of the video will be shown during the gallery’s opening hours. Fri 13 Oct, 9am-5pm Sat 14 Oct, 9am-4pm Bookings NOT required. Just turn up. STUDIO ONE—TOI TŪ 1 PONSONBY ROAD, AUCKLAND ALL ENQUIRIES 09 376 3221 Presented in association with Studio One – Toi Tū. Supported with funding from Creative Communities Scheme.

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Memories of Auckland Past – Podcast

In this new podcast series, we hear stories from local people telling about their life growing up in Ponsonby and Auckland through the decades.  Hosted by Everall Deans. Assisted with funding from Creative Communities Scheme.    CLICK HERE to access podcasts


13-2150, 1930s, Walsh Memorial Library, MOTAT
13-2150, 1930s, Walsh Memorial Library, MOTAT

Going to the Flicks: Picture Palaces and Bughouses  – BOOKED OUT!

Brian McDonnell’s illustrated talk will take you back to the days before television when Auckland had more than 50 movie theatres, when we all grandly went into town for the latest films or attended the weekly Saturday matinee at our local suburban bughouse. Are there any left, and where do the others go? A feast of architectural images. Thu 12 Oct, 6.30-8.00pm Leys Institute Library, 20 St Marys Road Bookings Essential

Shakespeare Hotel, 2017, Brian McDonnell

From the ‘6 O’Clock Swill’ to Quiz Night : Auckland’s Treasured Old Pubs – FULLY BOOKED!

It’s 50 years this month since the legendary ‘6 O’clock Swill’ ended for Auckland pub-goers. Brian McDonnell presents an illustrated talk that will celebrate the rich heritage of pubs in the central city and inner suburbs, some still standing and some long gone but not forgotten. Thu 5 Oct, 6.30-8.00pm Location: Leys Institute Library, 20 St Marys Road Bookings Essential

Edward Bennett
Edward Bennett

Inside the Victorian Villa  – FULLY BOOKED!

A fascinating photo lecture on Victorian domestic architecture and interior decoration. Presented by Edward Bennett. Tue 10 Oct, 6.30-7.30pm Location: Leys Institute Library, 20 St Marys Road Bookings Essential


Design of Victorian Houses – BOOKED OUT!

Discover more about the design of Victorian houses through this fascinating illustrated lecture. Presented by Edward Bennett. Wed 11 Oct, 6.30-7.30pm Location: Leys Institute Library, 20 St Marys Road Bookings Essential

Edward Bennett
Edward Bennett

Victorian Gardens

Learn more about Victorian domestic gardens through this engaging presentation with local historian Edward Bennett. Tue 3 Oct, 6.30-7.30pm Location: Leys Institute Library, 20 St Marys Road Bookings Essential

Edward Bennett
Edward Bennett

20th-Century Gardens

Local historian Edward Bennett gives an illustrated talk on post-Victorian gardens. Wed 4 Oct, 6.30-7.30pm Location: Leys Institute Library, 20 St Marys Road Bookings Essential

If you experience difficulties using the booking form or for any other enquiry, email us here.