The Northern Club on Princes Street started out as a “Gentlemen’s Club” in 1869, and might be viewed as the epitome of conservatism in Auckland. It has to be said, however, that since 1991 the club admits women.
The building was constructed in 1867 as the Royal Hotel, designed by Edward Mahoney. Wikipedia has an image of the building (ca. 1900) without its cloak of foliage shown here.