Please note: I received a discount for this attraction for the blog post…. But I sought them out as I really wanted (and hubby really wanted!) to go here either way! 🙂
Sometimes, you just have to do something slightly out of the “ordinary”. This place isn’t typically on the tourist agenda when you are thinking of “what can I do in Auckland”. But Isaac (aka hubby) had asked to go to a historical place or similar, so off to Google I headed. Wonderfully, this place was one of the few that popped up and it was off for a visit (on holiday of course!). We’d been to the Buried Village a week earlier and Isaac and I were to see another part of New Zealand History.
It was beautiful wander around the village. It is based on the Fencible period – retired soldiers who came to NZ to protect the European populations in Auckland areas. There are a number of buildings that have been moved here from other areas and the families that lived in them are described so vividly. We complain about our cramped housing conditions… But we don’t have a clue compared to these families. A house, split in half with thin walls between… Housing two families with children on each side. I struggle to get MY kids to sleep and there are no children on the other side of the wall.
The kids had a blast as they ran between different building, Isabelle pushed the hanging cradle with a baby and played on the horse cart. Pity we weren’t there to experience one of their live days that they have. It would be a total experience I imagine!