Arts & Culture

Although quite a young city in terms of age, Takapuna is home to some gems of architecture, heritage and history.

In Takapuna you will find numerous heritage sites including 14a Esmonde Road, once the home of one of New Zealand's most famous writers, Frank Sargeson, and currently a literary museum looked after by the Frank Sargeson Trust. Along Hurstmere Road, check out the Old Post Office at 187 Hurstmere Road which was opened in 1914 and design by John Campbell in an Arts and Craft style.

Further down the road, is Algie's Castle at 253 Hurstmere Road. Algie's Caste was built in 1924 by Captain John Alexander Algie after a trip to his ancestral Scotland where he found a love for all things Scottish. It's a two-storey baronial home with fortress-style battlements, turrets and basalt stone walls.

Check out the Takapuna-Milford Heritage Trail that takes you to see numerous historical buildings and sites.

The arts is also strong in Takapuna, whether you're into theatre, ballet, stand-up comedy, music, or dance you will find it all at two prominent venues, the Bruce Mason Centre and Pumphouse.

The Bruce Mason Centre in The Promenade in the heart of Takapuna, was opened in 1996 and is named after one of New Zealand’s greatest playwrights Bruce Mason, best known for The End of the Golden Weather. Visitors can see memorabilia on site, including his desk and typewriter. Check out the current shows, both local and international artists and performers, on their website.

The Pumphouse, located in Killarney Park on the shores of Lake Pupuke, is formerly a water pumping station, built in 1905 it provided North Shore's settlers with drinking water from Lake Pupuke. Today it is a Category II Historic Building and is still put to great use hosting a diverse range of performances all year round, from plays, musicals and dance, outdoor Summer Shakespeare shows, book launches, psychic mediums and poetry readings.

For more art treats visit the Lake House Arts Centre located in Barry's Point Reserve not far from the motorway. The heritage buildings that house this vibrant community arts centre are rich with history and well worth a visit. Originally a Victorian/Edwardian seaside boarding house built in the late 1800s at the northern end of Takapuna beach, it was moved to its current location in the early 1990s to preserve its heritage. The Lake House Arts Centre holds regular art exhibitions and art classes for all ages.