Take the road less travelled

Take the road less travelled

4, 11, 18 & 25 MAY AT 5PM, 6PM, 7PM 


Venture down the road less travelled with our actor-led ‘Detours’ and uncover the glossed-over, swept-under-the-carpet stories of the people and places that have shaped our Auckland.

Your colourful ‘Detour Guide’ will lead you through our new Tāmaki Herenga Waka Stories of Auckland galleries and bring to life the vibrant histories and herstories of the Tāmaki you may not know about. 

Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty as you sift through the past with a slightly cynical and unashamedly 21st-century sensibility. We’ll make you wince, smile and rouse your curiosity as we look back at the times and trials of Aotearoa’s biggest city.

Time-travel is thirsty work, so when the tour is over enjoy a complimentary beverage (bubbles, beer, cocktail, wine or non-alcoholic) at Tuitui Museum Bistro & Café. Tours last 45 minutes. 

The tour meeting point will be in Te Ao Mārama South Atrium. Please go to the ticket desk where staff will scan your tickets and show you the tour meeting spot.

We encourage you to arrive 10 minutes before your tour begins.

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Adeline Esther

Meet your Detour guide

Adeline Esther

Adeline is a graduate of the Actor’s Programme, and has trained in physical theatre at the John Bolton Theatre School. She has a history of working with Auckland Theatre Company (Watch Party, 2019 and The Master Builder, 2020), as well as devising and collaborating in many of her own productions. Adeline says, “I’m a born-and-bred Aucklander, but the stories on this Detour have opened my eyes to my city’s past!” Adeline’s verve and charming delivery make every Detour a treat.


"What a great experience. The material was clearly well-researched, and the balance was appropriate for the topics. However, what made the tour superb was the quality of the presentation, with the right balance of humour, enthusiasm, and engaging narrative. I would certainly recommend this to anyone interested in Auckland’s history."

- Professor Paul Moon
Professor of History, Auckland University of Technology