Whilst comparatively New Zealand is still a young country, the wealth of accessible heritage attractions will keep history enthusiasts entertained.
Up and down the country there are places where time has stood still. Historic cottages and sprawling mansions, breweries and old hotels, Victorian cities and Art Deco towns - they’ve been preserved and protected to give you a glimpse of the past.
In the far north, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds are a lesson in early New Zealand history - both Maori and European. In Auckland, grand old homes showcase the finer side of colonial life. Napier captures the glamour and architecture freedom of the 1930s, while Wellington invites you to take a look at old Government Buildings, the largest wooden building in the southern hemisphere.
The South Island’s heritage sites encompass the hardship of the gold rush days, the glamour of high society and the day-to-day toil of pioneer farmers. You can visit everything from a pit-sawn pioneer cottage to New Zealand’s only castle, built by an eccentric Dunedin banker in the 1870s.