See & Do


Māori settlement

Like all of Aotearoa New Zealand, Māori had a well-established lifestyle, well before European colonialists arrived in the Howick region.

The local iwi, Ngai Tai people of Tainui descent had lived throughout the coastal region for around 300 years with pa (fortified villages) at Ohuia Rangi (Pigeon Mountain), Te Waiarohia (Musick Point) and Tuwakamana (Cockle Bay).


Howick’s European history

Back in the day, Howick’s first British settlers weren’t too happy about being plonked in a coastal outpost, where they were paid bugger all and weren’t allowed to work in better parts of Auckland.

In 1847, New Zealand was rough terrain and the Royal New Zealand Fencible Corps were settled in Howick, and told to defend the land and knock it into shape.

Life was tough but throughout the years the Fencibles built the communities, families and businesses that founded Howick, as it is today.

The place that the bog poor Irish settled in 1847 is now a sought-after suburb with a wealth of history, that is largely unknown. 


Fun fact: The name Howick came from the Third Earl Grey who was called Viscount Howick when he was a boy. He is famous for the Earl Grey tea enjoyed around the world today.