Auckland Heritage – Roy Lippincott

American Roy Lippincott was one of the most influential architects in New Zealand during his thirty years here from 1922. I knew his buildings but didn’t know him as the architect until I went on a fascinating two hour walk of Auckland CBD run by Robert Ferris through the Art Deco Society, as part of the Auckland Heritage…

Waterview Tunnel

I think it says something that more people will have gone to public open days for the Waterview Tunnel before it opens to traffic, than watched the All Blacks beat the Lions at Eden Park this weekend. Capacity may have something to do with it. Eden Park holds 50,000 people, while over 60,000 will have gone…

Otuataua Stonefields

A highly topical place to visit given the media attention over Fletcher Building’s plans to build on land next to the Otuataua Stonefields reserve. Only 20 minutes drive from where I live I really should have visited this place sooner, it’s a lovely and historic spot on the Manukau Harbour. It’s one of the few places where large-scale…

Puhinui Reserve

Another little known gem (there are a lot of them in Auckland!), Puhinui Reserve is a 199ha area close to the airport, only 25 minutes drive from the CBD, but feels a world away. It’s used for a three day International Horse Trials event every December, but is otherwise almost deserted for the rest of the year.…

Auckland Churches

Auckland may not be able to rival most of the world in terms of the age of it’s churches (the oldest date from the 1850s) but it certainly has varied and attractive examples. One of the most picturesque, both in design and location, is St Stephen’s Chapel, dating from 1857. It’s a tiny building, with expansive…

Auckland Botanic Gardens

One of the lesser known gems of Auckland, possibly due to it’s proximity to Manukau, but only twenty mins from the CBD are some beautiful free gardens well worth visiting. The visitor centre is pretty smart, but unfortunately the cafe is very average. Every two years the gardens host Sculpture in the Gardens. Here are…