Highwic Tennis Lawn And Garden
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Highwic Gardens

40 Gillies Avenue Epsom


As versatile as it is impressive, invite your guests to enjoy for themselves the elegance and charm of this Victorian gem.  With attractive grounds spacious enough for a large marquee, and plenty of on-site parking, Highwic is suitable for a wide range of functions including corporate dinners, cocktail parties and wedding receptions.

Central but private, it is a haven in the heart of Newmarket, Auckland's premier shopping precinct. The motorway nearby means easy access from the central city, north or west Auckland and the airport.  Out of town guests can find accommodation in a choice of motels an easy walking distance away.

Highwic's spaces are both versatile and flexible, offering opportunities for both small and large groups.  It is open to view Wednesday - Saturday.

The Gardener

Alfred Buckland and Eliza Wallen married in England and emigrated to New Zealand in 1850 on the sailing ship "Sir Edward Paget". They first settled in South Auckland where they became well established quite quickly by buying and selling land. Twelve years later they purchased 5 acres (2 ha), in Eliza's name and moved closer to Auckland to the newly emerging area of Epsom. They named their property Highwic. In 1978 the New Zealand Historic Places Trust and the Auckland City Council purchased Highwic. Furnished as it might have been in Alfred Buckland's time, Highwic offers an insight into the daily life and leisure activities of a large and wealthy colonial family.

Garden Size

Set in 1.2 hectares of picturesque gardens and grounds, Highwic is regarded as one of the finest Carpenter Gothic houses in New Zealand. Allow 1 hour for the house and grounds.


Highwic offers many different options for wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions or both. Our extensive tennis lawn can accommodate a marquee for up to 200 while our croquet lawn is often used for ceremonies of up to 200 people. Meanwhile, our two indoor spaces, the Ballroom and the Billiard House are suitable for 90 guests standing for a ceremony or 50 seated for your reception.

Other Facilities

situated adjacent to the main house, the Billiard House was built in 1862 and was originally used as a library and study by Alfred Buckland. Now, it is the picture-perfect meeting space you have been looking for! 

Highwic offers many different options for special occasions. Our vast sweeping tennis lawn can accommodate a marquee for up to 200 while our croquet lawn can be used as space for guests to play lawn games or relax on picnic rugs. 

Highwic has been used as a location for feature film, and TV drama productions which have screened around the world. Large wood-panelled rooms offer opportunities for a period or character setting or can be dressed for a more contemporary look. The two hectares of grounds have both open spaces, areas of mature trees, garden beds and lawn with plenty of room to move.

Highwic is also available for private photography for weddings or other special occasions.


  • Accommodation
    Out of town guests can find accommodation in a choice of motels an easy walking distance away.
  • Price
    Entry to the garden is free. House entry is $10.00 per adult, children, NZHPT, National Trust Britain and Australia members are free. Pre-booked groups are $8.00 per person.
  • Parking
    Off-street parking for buses coaches and cars.
  • Wheelchair Access
    Wheelchair access is available.
  • Dogs allowed?
    Yes on a leash.
  • Food available?
    Morning or afternoon tea can be provided for a group visit for an extra charge of $8.00. This includes tea/coffee and a pikelet with jam and cream.
  • Picnics
  • Children allowed?
  • Toilets?
  • Seating
    Some garden seats.
  • Plants/Sales
    `Highwic’s shop features a range of vintage toys, botanical cards and hand tools for gardeners.’
  • Function Center?
    Highwic is a very popular option for corporate functions. Our sprawling lawns are suitable for a marquee seating up to 200 people which is just perfect for corporate Christmas parties, product launches or awards ceremonies. Built-in 1862 as a family home, Highwic is steeped in history and experience in hosting events.
  • Guided Tours
    By arrangement.


40 Gillies Avenue Epsom

Highwic is a short walk up Mortimer Pass from bus stops outside the 227 shopping complex in Newmarket and a ten minute walk from the Newmarket train Station. Take a Link Bus from the CBD, or a train from Britomart .Highwic has two entrances. The recommended vehicle entry is from Mortimer Pass which runs one way from Gillies Ave down to Broadway, Newmarket. The Gillies Ave entrance is directly opposite the Gillies Ave motorway off ramp.