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Highwic’s 40th Anniversary Picnic!

27 Feb 2021
1pm to 4.30pm
Come along and help us celebrate Highwic’s 40th Anniversary!
Event type: 
Cultural, Festival
40 Gillies Avenue Epsom


Come along and help us celebrate Highwic’s 40th Anniversary!

This event is to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Highwic being open to the public. While there was a Civic Reception attended by the Duke and Duchess of Kent on 31st October 1980, and the doors were opened to the public on the 1st January 1981, the official opening, by Colin Kay, Mayor of Auckland took place on 27th February 1981. This is why the event will take place on this day in the beautiful gardens at Highwic. 

We invite you to bring along a vintage style picnic to enjoy on the tennis lawn. We will be publishing suggested menus for picnics throughout the decades from the 1860s when Highwic was built to the 1980s when Highwic opened on our website. There will be musical entertainment by the well-known local gypsy Jazz band VozNueva and there will be a bar selling a range of craft beers, a bespoke cocktail, in addition to non-alcoholic drinks.

Do feel free to dress according to your favourite historic decade!

The event will take place on Saturday 27th February from 1.00pm-4.30pm. The house will be open for its normal opening hours of 10.30-4.30 pm, and normal entry charges and conditions.

This is not a ticketed event but we will be gratefully welcoming gold coin donations!

Please note that only alcohol purchased on site may be consumed on the premises, no BYO.

Written by

Highwic - Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

4 Feb 2021

A must-visit for lovers of history, architecture and gardens, this rambling Gothic mansion is the legacy of early colonial Alfred Buckland – businessman, farmer and father of 21 children – who made a lasting contribution to provincial Auckland during the 19th century.