Business School creates University architecture trail

09 September 2011


A new guide to many of The University of Auckland's landmark buildings has been published in time for the expected influx of visitors to the city for the rugby tournament.

Produced by the Business School, The University of Auckland Architecture and Heritage Trail features specially-commissioned photographs and historical research along with a fold-out location map. It offers insightful glimpses into the often unfamiliar histories of more than 30 cherished buildings and structures in and around the University's City Campus. All have significant architectural or heritage value and some contain exceptional interiors which are accessible to the public.

The buildings on the self-guided walk range from one of the oldest houses in the Central Business District, dating from 1850, to contemporary Polynesian structures and award-winning teaching and research facilities. A rich variety of architectural styles are also represented, including Colonial Georgian, Queen Anne, Edwardian Baroque, Art Deco and an Arts and Crafts interpretation of Perpendicular Gothic.

"The University traces its roots to the early years of colonial Auckland, and the trail captures the remarkable journey that has seen our city grow from a collection of small villages to become the country's commercial powerhouse," writes the Business School's Dean, Greg Whittred, in the guide's introduction.

The city's entrepreneurs, traders, merchants, industrialists and visionaries left a legacy of inspiring stories and memorable landmarks, he adds.

"Their ideas, enthusiasm and determination helped to build our nation's economy and encourage talent for enterprise."

The Business School established the original trail as its gift to the City of Auckland in 2005, the University's centenary year.

For details on the availability of The University of Auckland Architecture and Heritage Trail please contact:

The University of Auckland Call Centre
: +64 9 373 7599