From the Cape to the Bluff, the heritage of Aotearoa New Zealand is waiting to be discovered.
Our heritage places are some of the most important and fascinating in the country's history, including the birthplace of the famous Ka Mate Haka at Opotaka, the location of the largest signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi at Māngungu Mission, sites of industry and innovation at Te Waimate, Hayes Engineering, Totara Estate and Clarks Mill, and sites telling stories of extraordinary women, such as Kate Sheppard House, Clendon House and Pencarrow Lighthouse.
What are you waiting for? It's yours to explore.
Te Tai Tokerau | Northland
Dating from the early 1860s, Clendon House reflects James’ standing in the community. But it’s the story of the impressive Jane Clendon, of Hokianga Māori and Irish descent, that the handsome kauri dwelling best tells.
Kerikeri Mission Station
Established in 1819 by the Church Missionary Society (CMS) in the shadow of Kororipo Pā, this was a junction of early Māori-Pakeha contact, a hotbed of CMS intrigue and politics, and a key site during two decades of rapid-fire societal change leading up to the signing of the Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
Māngungu Mission sits in a soulful spot on the Hokianga Harbour. It was the site of the largest ever signing of the Te Tiriti o Waitangi (Treaty of Waitangi), on February 12, 1840.
Pompallier Mission and Printery
From 1839, Pompallier Mission and Printery in Kororāreka/Russell was the hub of the Catholic mission in the country, its ground-floor printery producing prayer books in te reo Māori (Māori language) by the hundreds.
Tāmaki Makaurau | Auckland
Nestled in the Mt Albert suburb of Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest city, Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland, Alberton showcases a majestic colonial property and the lives of the Kerr Taylor family that made it a much-loved and admired home.
The kauri-constructed Ewelme Cottage has a link with the Anglican community in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland, the dwelling designed and built by the Reverend Vicesimus Lush (1817-1882) and his wife Blanche in 1863-64.
Te puku o te ika a Māui | Central North Island
Built in 1855-56 by pioneer settler and future four-time Premier of Aotearoa New Zealand, Sir Harry Atkinson, Hurworth Cottage is the only remaining building of Hurworth settlement that flourished during the 1850s.
Opotaka is a historical Māori kāinga (settlement) where you can learn about the history of the famous Ka Mate Haka, see the remains of the settlement, and enjoy stunning views across Lake Rotoaira to Mt Tongariro.
Te Whanganui-a-Tara | Wellington
In the heart of Te-Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington is Antrim House, a prominent landmark in what was once a predominantly residential central city street. Its historic significance arises from its origins as the home of successful businessman and founder of Hannah's shoes, Robert Hannah, his wife Hannah and their family.
Old Government Buildings
In its heyday Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest and grandest wooden building housed our entire public service. Old Government Buildings is an outstanding example of the country's architectural heritage and one of the great wooden buildings of the world.
Old St Paul's
Be embraced by the beauty of this gorgeous wooden cathedral – still sacred, welcoming to all, and a tranquil sanctuary in the heart of the bustling capital.
At the storm-lashed entrance to Wellington Harbour, Aotearoa New Zealand’s first lighthouse tells stories of early settlement, shipwreck, and one very strong woman.
Te raki o te Moana Pounamu | Upper South Island
In a stunning seaside setting, Fyffe House is Kaikōura’s oldest surviving building and the last remnant of a pioneer whaling station established in 1842 with a rich history that is centuries deep, dating from the arrival of tangata whenua.
Te Whare Waiutuutu
Kate Sheppard House
Discover the story behind the celebrated leader of the Aotearoa New Zealand women's suffrage movement, Kate Sheppard.
Ōtākou | Otago
An important industrial landmark in beautiful North Otago, this historic flour mill houses fascinating working machinery inside striking stone and timber buildings.
Marvel at the workshop and homestead of Ernest and Hannah Hayes, 19th-century pioneers whose resourcefulness, skill and determination define the spirit of Kiwi ingenuity.
Aotearoa New Zealand’s oldest surviving European farm buildings are set in an exposed paddock high above the Ōtākou, Otago coast, five reddish-brown pitsawn timber structures stark against a slate-grey sea.
Ophir Post Office
A small but significant legacy from the Central Otago gold rushes, this handsome post office is just one gem in a town full of architectural treasures.