Albert Park & Auckland University

sights / Parks & gardens

Lonely Planet review

Hugging the hill on the city’s eastern flank, Albert Park is a charming Victorian formal garden overrun by students during term time, the more radical of whom have been known to deface the statues of Governor Grey and Queen Victoria. Auckland University's campus stretches over several streets and incorporates a row of stately Victorian merchant houses (Princes St) and Old Government House (Waterloo Quadrant). The latter was the colony’s seat of power from 1856 until 1865, when Wellington became the capital.

The University Clock Tower is Auckland’s architectural triumph. The stately ‘ivory tower' (1926) tips its hat towards art nouveau (the incorporation of NZ flora and fauna into the decoration) and the Chicago School (the way it’s rooted into the earth). It’s usually open, so wander inside.

At the centre of the campus is a wall of the Albert Barracks (1847), a fortification that enclosed 9 hectares, including Albert Park, during the New Zealand Wars.