Highwic House was home to New Zealand’s rags to riches auctioneer Alfred Buckland and his family of 21 children!
Auckland’s premier shopping precinct is his legacy and Highwic House, a rambling Gothic mansion, an insight into the colonial boom and bust period of Auckland during the New Zealand Land Wars. Alfred Buckland was involved in provisioning the imperial forces during the Waikato War (1863-1864) and Highwic House is now the first stop on the Waikato War Driving Tour.
The house is a peaceful and leafy oasis in the heart of Auckland. Situated on a rise above bustling Newmarket, the lawns and gardens appear to be suspended above the city, with high-rise towers just visible beyond the hedges. Some of the Welsh slates were specially shaped to match the original roof.
Highwic is now used for wedding receptions, cocktail parties and corporate dinners, with a croquet court, ballroom, Billiard House, as well as for feature films and TV drama productions which screen around the world.