Auckland Historic Buildings Tour, Auckland

Auckland is not famous as a historical city, but it does have a lot of historical buildings, dating back to the 19th century. These old buildings, with beautiful architecture, keep the glorious past of the city alive and are considered as landmarks. Take the following tour to see the historical buildings of Auckland.
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Auckland Historic Buildings Tour Map

Guide Name: Auckland Historic Buildings Tour
Guide Location: New Zealand » Auckland (See other walking tours in Auckland)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 km
Author: leticia
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Ferry Building

1) Ferry Building (must see)

The Auckland Ferry Terminal or simply Ferry Building is one of Auckland’s landmark buildings located right in the city’s downtown area. The site known as the Ferry Building is actually comprised of two parts known as the Old and New Buildings. The Old Building is constructed of sandstone in the Edwardian Baroque style and was completed in 1912. The impressive nature of the building demonstrates the importance of water transport in Auckland at the beginning of the 20th century. Originally the...   view more
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Saint Patrick's Cathedral

2) Saint Patrick's Cathedral

From modest beginnings in 1841 to the grand building you see before you today, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Auckland has always been the centre of Catholicism in the city. The land that the cathedral is built on was granted by the crown to the city’s first bishop Jean Baptiste Pompallier on June 1st, 1841. A simple wooden structure was first built to serve the 300 odd strong congregation that was mainly made up of Irish immigrants. It was clear that a more substantial building would be...   view more
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Town Hall

3) Town Hall

The Auckland Town Hall is one of the city’s best loved architectural masterpieces having served Auckland and its residents since it was inaugurated in 1911. The building was designed in an unusual layout in order to fit onto the wedge shaped land that had been put aside for the construction of a town hall. The neo-Baroque building is a five storey building that is constructed out of Omaru limestone and it was totally restored between 1994 and 1997 to ensure that the building continued to best...   view more
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University Clock Tower

4) University Clock Tower

The Clock Tower at the University of Auckland represents another city landmark and is a symbol of the university. It was built in the middle of 1920s and is also known as the Old Arts Building. This historic building of beautiful architecture symbolizes the success of the university and the city’s...   view more
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Anglican Cathedral of Saint Mary's

5) Anglican Cathedral of Saint Mary's

The Anglican Cathedral of Saint Mary’s in Auckland is thought to be the world’s largest wooden Gothic construction. The foundation stone was laid in 1886 and although the cathedral was originally designed to be built in stone, during the economic downturn of the late 19th century, this was considered to be too expensive. The Gothic Revival building draws upon the finest elements of medieval design and was the final large project for the eminent local architect Benjamin Woolfield Mountfort....   view more
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Kinder House

6) Kinder House

The Kinder House, located on historic Ayr Street, is one of Auckland’s oldest and most important buildings. The two storey residence was built as the home of Reverend John Kinder, who is today recognized as one of the city’s most important colonial figures. Kinder immigrated to Auckland in 1855 to take up the post of master at the Church of England Grammar School. As well as for his role as a master, Kinder is also noted as one of New Zealand’s most talented and prolific 19th century...   view more
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Ewelme Cottage

7) Ewelme Cottage

Ewelme Cottage, one of Auckland’s oldest remaining buildings, dates from 1863 when it was built for the Rev Vicesimus Lush and his family upon their arrival in the colony. The cottage, which is run by the Historic Places Trust, is a true historical gem since it remained in the Lush family until the 1960s and retains many of the family’s belongings and furnishings dating back to Victorian times. The architecture of the home is distinctive, given that it is laid out in a manner that was common...   view more

Walking Tours in Auckland, New Zealand

Create Your Own Walk in Auckland

Create Your Own Walk in Auckland

Creating your own self-guided walk in Auckland is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Auckland without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Auckland, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

It would be a pity to leave Auckland without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Auckland, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km
Auckland Religious Buildings Tour

Auckland Religious Buildings Tour

Auckland houses a vast array of religious buildings and places of worship. Some of them date back to the 19th century and are considered to be landmarks and fine examples of beautiful architecture. Take the following tour to see Auckland’s most important religious buildings.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Auckland Culture Tour

Auckland Culture Tour

Auckland houses a vast range of cultural venues such as museums and galleries. The New Zealand National Maritime Museum will show you local maritime activity and its history, whereas, at Ewelme Cottage you will find original kitchen equipment and household items, dating back to the 19th century. The Auckland War Memorial Museum will help you to discover the military and natural history of New Zealand. Various art galleries will surprise you with their outstanding collections of modern art.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Auckland is an interesting city which attracts a lot of tourists because of its fine landmarks and attractions. Its beautiful landscape is dominated by volcanic hills, green parks and gardens. This "city of sail" has some of the best beaches and water sports venues in the world. Check out the best attractions in Auckland in the next orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Auckland Galleries Walking Tour

Auckland Galleries Walking Tour

Auckland offers a vast range of art galleries which houses an outstanding collection of paintings and holds frequent exhibitions. Works of famous local and international artists are presented here. Fans of modern art will be especially pleased. Take the following tour to see the best Auckland art galleries!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km

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