Aerial view of Alberton house with suburbia in the background.

Highwic Function FAQs

Holding a function at Highwic or thinking of organising one? Below are some FAQs around what the Covid-19 Traffic Light system means for events at Highwic.

Do we require a My Vaccine Pass?

Yes, every person entering any part of the Highwic property (gardens, house, etc) will require their My Vaccine Pass to be scanned on arrival. This is a Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga requirement across Aotearoa New Zealand.

Are we still able to have catering provided?

Yes absolutely! We have a list of recommended caterers who are familiar with working functions at our heritage places. However, under the Covid-19 Protection Framework during red and orange levels there will be no access to the kitchens inside Highwic (except for collecting water) as they are small, and we need to allow for social distancing.

Will Highwic remain open to the public during my function?

Under the Covid-19 Protection Framework during RED and ORANGE levels Highwic will be closed to the general public during the function.

How many guests can I have at my function?

To allow for 1 metre social distancing during RED and ORANGE, the maximum guest numbers are:

Drawing Room | 30 people seated or standing

Billiard House | 40 people

Garden | 100 people at red / 125 people at orange

These numbers include any person attending the event (guests, organisers, etc), but does not include anyone working at the function (caterers, band/singers, officiants, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga staff, etc). Anyone working the function is required to wear a mask when practical.

If your question has not been answered above or you would like to discuss holding your function at Highwic please email

For more information on visiting our heritage places during Covid-19 traffic light system read our Covid-19 information.