Auckland Domain and Auckland War Memorial Museum

Interesting facts about some of Auckland's most iconic places: The Auckland Domain, Wintergardens and Auckland War Memorial Museum within Auckland Domain

Auckland Domain

  • Is Auckland's oldest park
  • 75 hectares of spaciousness and diversity
  • Has been developed around the cone of an extinct volcano
  • The 'tuff rings' created by volcanic activity thousands of years ago can be seen in the land contours
  • Forms a natural amphitheatre with about 10 hectares developed as first-class sports fields
  • The park has the classic charm of formal gardens, green clearings edged by mature trees and an impressive statuary
  • Most pieces are in the formal gardens, including one of the most striking pieces: a large free-form reflecting pool with three bronze sculptures
  • The central, male figure represents Auckland and the two females offer wisdom and 'fertility of the soil'
  • Duck ponds mark the up-welling of the Domain's natural springs
  • Century old-trees shade numerous picnic spots
  • Outdoor concerts and many other events are held in the Domain
  • In summer heat, manicured playing fields sustain the city's oldest cricket traditions, while winter brings the vigour of rugby, league and soccer
  • Several trees were seedlings from a nursery set up in the Domain in 1841 to grow and distribute European plants and trees to the whole of the city
  • Today, the nursery supplies plants for displays in the Winter Garden and city parks
  • Features for visitors: the Wintergardens and the Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Auckland Domain is part of several Auckland Tours offered by TIME Unlimited Tours, one of New Zealand's most awarded tourism businesses.

Auckland War Memorial Museum

  • Is New Zealand's oldest museum
  • Established in 1852 in a two-room farm cottage in the central Auckland suburb of Grafton
  • Is recognised as holding nationally and internationally significant collections
  • Tells the story of New Zealand, its place in the Pacific and its people
  • Is a war memorial for the province of Auckland and holds one of New Zealand's top three heritage libraries
  • It has pre-eminent Maori and Pacific collections, significant natural history resources and major social and military history collections, as well as decorative arts and pictorial collections
  • Is home to millions of objects
  • Provides educational services to over 60,000 school children annually and is one of New Zealand's most popular man-made tourist attractions with around half a million visitors each year
  • Over 100 full-time employees and 200 volunteers help maintain the Museum and its very special collections
  • A visit to Auckland Museum and the Maori Cultural Performance is part of TIME Unlimited Tours' "Auckland Maori Tours EXTRA" tour

Auckland Wintergardens

  • Situated in the Domain
  • Established after World War I and is a protected heritage site
  • Built on the financial success of the Auckland Industrial Exhibition held in the Auckland Domain in 1913
  • A popular attraction within the park, offering a quiet and relaxing environment close to an Arts and Crafts cottage built around the same time
  • Visitors are first invited into a classical courtyard and pond set out in a formal manner with various plants and water lilies
  • The complex consists of two display glasshouses (temperature averaging 20 degrees Celsius) one containing temperature plants and the other containing tropical plants
  • A formal courtyard with a pond ion the center
  • A fernery within an old quarry
  • The complex is open all year round
  • Entry is free
  • 1 April - 30 October: Monday to Sunday (9am - 4.30pm)
  • 1 November - 31 March: Monday - Saturday (9am - 5.30pm) and Sunday (9am - 7.30pm)
  • The Wintergardens are also sometimes visited by TIME Unlimited Tours


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