Howick Village - A great place to visit in Auckland


  • Historic buildings and locations
  • Shops, food outlets, art galleries
  • Local beaches, scenic views and walks


Howick is an early European settlement with a colourful history that comes to life at the world-class Howick Historical Village open air museum situated nearby.  Today, Howick has retained its unique character despite extensive new development on its fringes.

The Howick Historical Walk brochure is available from Uxbridge Arts & Culture, Howick Village Association offices, Howick, Botany, and Highland Park Libraries, Polish Heritage Museum in Elliott St Howick, Howick Historical Village 


Howick Village Historical Walk

Howick Village

Take a walk through Howick Village, this Historical Walk takes about 2.5 hours at a leisurely pace.

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Introducing Howick

Howick is a mix of the old and the new. The main village has a traditional feel with a nod to its history as a Fencible soldier settlement.   It is surrounded by older housing, notably the historical homes on Selwyn Rd with the 19th century All Saints' Anglican Church built in 1847, which was the first parish church in Auckland and oldest building in East Auckland.  Shamrock Cottage, built in 1847 and the second oldest building in East Auckland, originally a pub, is still operates as a hospitality venue now a delightful cafe.

Only a few minutes further along the main road is the “new” Howick centred around Meadowlands, it's  shopping centre and adjacent authentic asian restaurants, Botany Town Centre and Ormiston Town Centre.

A must for any visitor to  the Howick region is the Howick Historical Village, which is actually in neighbouring Pakuranga within Lloyd Elsmore Park and a 5 minute drive from Howick Village. The Historical Village is a living museum that recreates a colonial settlement depicting how the first settlers in this area, the Fencibles, lived in the mid to late 1800s. Open the doors of real homes and experience living history for yourself.  See how the early settlers would have lived as they went about their daily activities.

Better still, get along to one of the Live Days and interact with costumed villagers – perhaps chat with a Fencible soldier, or play an old time game of hoops with the kids. Explore the heritage garden, have a picnic on the lawn or relax with home-style food and coffee in our cafe. And ask questions of the volunteers on site. They love to share their knowledge of local history.

In the centre of Howick Village is the Uxbridge Arts & Culture Centre, founded in 1981, when the former Howick Borough Council purchased the Uxbridge Presbyterian Church and associated buildings. The Council facilitated the establishment of the Uxbridge Community Projects, an incorporated society, to operate the facilities for the community, providing arts and cultural activities. Uxbridge now attracts more than 100,000 visitors annually to its exhibitions, classes, programmes, events and more.

Nearby is the Emilia Maud Nixon Garden of Memories, a unique reserve situated in a garden setting. The garden was established by Emilia Maud Nixon (1870-1962) to promote goodwill between all peoples by fostering understanding of the early settlers, pioneer women and the traditions of Maori, particularly Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki.

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