Heritage Auckland Rooftop Pool Aerial
Heritage Auckland Hotel Wing Lobby
Heritage Auckland Hotel Wing Gym

Heritage Auckland

A Classic History

The Heritage Auckland building has a long history for such a young city as Auckland.

The Hobson Street site has been a business operation for over 100 years, the building originally being home to the much loved, landmark “Farmers” department store.

In 1914 the site was first developed by Laidlaw Leeds, as headquarters of a mail-order company, that later merged with another company, The Farmer’s Union Trading Co.

By 1917 the mail order business expanded into a retail operation with the building developed into a grand scale store operating over five acres of floor space.

“Farmers” as the store affectionately became known, quickly established itself as an institution for generations of New Zealanders, with no shopping expedition complete without afternoon tea at the rooftop Tea-rooms overlooking the harbour or a greeting from Hector the talking cockatoo.

The tradition continued until 1992 when the store was closed as shopping trends moved on to the suburban malls. The striking Art Deco detailed building and the prime position above the Viaduct Village was however too good to allow to go to waste.

Chronology of 35 Hobson Street