Ewelme Cottage

Ewelme Cottage is a historic house in the Auckland suburb of Parnell.

Ewelme Cottage

Ewelme Cottage

This historic house museum located at 14 Ayr Street is only open on Sundays from 10.30am – 4.30pm. Adults are $8.50, accompanied children are free.

If you plan on visiting Alberton and Highwic as well I would recommend purchasing the Historic Auckland Passport for $18, which allows you one time entry to all three historic properties and is valid for a year from purchase.

Also while visiting Ewelme, you may wish to visit Kinder House (open Wednesday to Sunday from Noon to 3pm, entry by donation), which is at no. 2 Ayr St. Although when I visited Ewelme, Kinder House was closed for a private function.

The kauri cottage was built between 1863-64 for Reverend Vicesimus Lush, his wife Blanche and their six children. Around 18 years later the house was extended. The house remained in the Lush family until 1968.


Since 1969, Ewelme has been preserved as a house museum by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust and it has been kept as it was when the last occupants left.

The Lush family were avid readers and there are over 900 books shelved around the house. There are some rare books dating from 1600s. When climbing the stairs to the second floor (an attic really) look at all the spaces that have been used to store books.


Dining room



Attic bedroom

Attic bedroom

There is wheelchair access to the ground floor. The top floor is accessible by some very steep and narrow stairs with very low ceilings.

For film buffs the drawing room, veranda and garden were used in Jane Campion’s 1993 Oscar winning film The Piano.



Saturday Morning Markets Auckland


The Paua and Mussel Fritters stall at the City Farmers’ Market was popular

There are several Saturday morning markets across the Auckland region, selling fresh produce, meats, baked goods, relishes, preserves, oils, crafts, clothing and much much more. These pop up stalls are popular with locals and visitors alike, and I am embarrassed to admit that despite living in Auckland for six years this month I never been to one. So in sticking with the theme of this blog I set out this morning to explore some of the markets right smack in the centre of the city.

Firstly I started at the City Farmers’ Market, which is located between Britomart and Atrium on Takutai. There are just over twenty stalls here selling fresh produce, flowers, baked breads, and more. This market is most frequented by those who live or work in the city on Saturday and probably would not be worth a special visit if you live outside the inner city. If you choose to drive in, park at Britomart Car Park, on the corner of Britomart Place and Quay Street, and get your ticket validated at the market for a special rate of $6. You would be better advised to use public transport though.

After a few minutes walking around the City Farmers’ Market I headed to Customs Street East, where I caught an Inner Link (green) bus to Jubilee Building in Parnell. The Link buses are a perfect way to get around the inner city for those not familiar with Auckland as they provide clear visual and audio announcements for each approaching stop,  and it’s only a $2.00 to Parnell from Britomart.


Parnell Farmers’ Market, behind the beautiful Jubilee Building

The Parnell Farmers’ Market is held in the car park behind the Jubilee Building.  It’s worth taking the time to appreciate this building, which was built in 1908, and originally homed the Foundation of the Blind.


St Mary’s Church, Parnell

Next I walked down to the La Cigale French Farmer’s Market. It is a nice walk down the green leafy tree lined Parnell Road, past the old Saint Mary’s Church. This wooden gothic church was built in 1886, and moved to its current site in 1982 as part of the new Cathedral of the Holy Trinity complex. The walk takes just over 15 minutes, turn right and walk down Saint Georges Bay Road to Raskin Road, where you can enter through the car park to the back of the market.


K’Rd Market, Karangahape Overbridge

I then jumped on another Inner link bus to Karangahape Road. The K’Rd Street market takes place on the Karangahape Overbridge. There is something unique about looking at brightly coloured clothes fluttering in the breeze as motorway traffic hurtles by below you.


Silo Markets

From K’Rd I made my way to the waterfront and along to Silo Park. Vendors were setting up for the Silo Markets, not a Saturday morning market in the traditional sense as this food, art and craft market does not officially start until noon.

I was home by lunch and devoured my fruit loaf and cherries I picked up along the way.

Essential Details:

City Farmers’ Market at Britomart
Saturdays, 8:00am – 12:30 pm
Behind Britomart Station, Gore St

Parnell Farmers’ Market
Saturdays 8am – 12 noon
Jubilee Building car park, 545 Parnell Road, Road

La Cigale French Farmer’s Market 
Saturdays 8 am to 1:30 pm
Sundays 9 am to 1:30 pm
69 St Georges Bay Road, Parnell

K’Road Street Market
10am – 4:30 pm
Karangahape Road Overbridge

Silo Markets
Noon – 6 pm
Silo Park