Newmarket is a chic shopping district just outside Auckland City. It’s got bookstores, grocery stores, department stores, a fancy movie theater, and even an IKEA — everything the modern person could want. Whether it’s clothing or accessories or makeup or hardware or furniture or even a car, just head to Broadway St and walk up and down until you find it.
It’s even got a historic manor-turned-museum, literally right off the motorway.
Highwic House dates back to the mid 1800s and was built by Alfred Buckland (one of his many grandsons would later name Bucklands Beach after him; I’ve taken a few trips out there).
Walking up the pathway, the first thing that jumps out at me — besides the lush vegetation, of course — is the color scheme of the house. Makes me think of ice cream for some reason, maybe because one of my favorite ice cream places uses pastel pink and yellow in their logo!
I decided to take a roundabout route up to the house so I could see the grounds first. As I turned off to the path, I saw this gnarly tree!
Heading around the side path, there are some nice stone stairs leading back up toward the gardens…
…and a little gazebo! How cute! I’m not sure what the purpose of this is, but I like it.
There’s a lot of nice little wandering paths through the gardens. Must have been a lovely place to walk for the onetime residence of Highwic!
When life gives you an orange tree, photograph it and put it on your blog.
The gardens have nice Winter plants and look quite pretty! Some of the planting beds were a bit shabby, which I suppose is to be expected for this time of year.
Coming up to the house itself, there’s a fairly large lodge building in addition to the main house.
Wandering inside, you can see it’s quite spacious (and has, anachronistically, a small electric heater in the corner as well as a large fireplace). You can actually rent this hall for weddings and events and the like!
The house itself costs money to go in, and I declined to do so because I thought I’d be coming back at a later date. Turns out I didn’t, so maybe I should have opted for the tour. Ah, well, at least it will still be there if I do decide to come back!
Even though we didn’t get to go inside, I hope you enjoyed this brief tour of Highwic House!
Come back next time for a visit to someplace a bit further afield. Spoiler alert: I get to use my big lens again :)