Auckland | Tāmaki Makaurau High Court

The Auckland | Tāmaki Makaurau High Court is located on Waterloo Quadrant in the CBD.

The original structure is of a Gothic Revival style. Construction began in 1865 but was not completed till 1867. The design in red brick, by Australian architect Edward Rumsey, includes crenellated towers and gargoyles, which were carved by Prussian ship carpenter Anton Teutenberg. Originally called the Auckland Supreme Court, the name was changed in 1980 in deference to the newly formed Supreme Court of New Zealand.

"Two pōhutukawa trees behind the court mark the location of the General Assembly House, which was used by the New Zealand Parliament when Auckland was the capital of the country.

In the late 20th century, the court was expanded into a new larger complex, in addition to the original courthouse."

The Jacob Scott entry segues between old and new parts of the court.

The building is registered as a Category I heritage building by Heritage New Zealand.

Jacob Scott (Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Arawa, Ngāti Raukawa), ‘Waharoa’ (1990), Auckland High Court, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, photographed in 2018.

Photographer: Sean McCabe for Ministry of Justice