Beauford House is recognised as a Category A scheduled historic heritage building with a rich history.
Its distinctive old-English and neo-Georgian architectural styles provide a unique contrast and a fitting backdrop to the folklore of its colourful past.
Once renowened as a luxurious hideaway for prominent and fashionable Aucklanders in the 1930's, 40's and 50's, it gained particular notorioty in the late 1950's for its glamorous and scandalous high-society parties.
About Totara Park.
Adjoining the Auckland Botanical Gardens, Totara Park is a 216 hectare reserve serving the wider Auckland region.
Totara Park is a much loved adventure destination for many Aucklanders given its accessability, stunning beauty and wide range of facilities including adventure tracks, bridle trails, mountain biking, tennis courts, an open air swimming pool, and the heritage Beauford House.
Central to Totara Park is the 4km Puhinui Stream Forest Trail. This is a pristine piece of original NZ native forest and one of the only remaining alluvial flat forests that were common in the Auckland area before human settlement.
The well maintained trail winds through many mature tōtara trees, rimu, kahikatea, miro, and mataī, plus 170 other species of native flora including rare trees such as kaikomako.
With many places to enter and exit the forest it's easy to take a short or a long walk alongside streams, through beautiful nikau palm and tree fern groves, and listen to the calls and songs of the many native bird species.
For wedding photography, Totara Park has you spoilt for choice.