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​Birkenhead is blessed with a sea view from every street, thriving native bush and birdlife and a dining scene offering delicious local and ethnic cuisine. This charming village is also home to the Chelsea Sugar Refinery, an Auckland landmark right on the water’s edge.

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Soak up some history
Explore the grounds around the Chelsea Sugar Refinery, an iconic building and part of Auckland’s fascinating Victorian history. Built in 1884, it once employed nearly all of the village’s population.

Take in the view
Climb high and reap the rewards. Sitting 360 feet above sea level, Birkenhead offers sea views that stretch across the Waitemata Harbour and all the way to Rangitoto Island.

Treat your taste buds
Grab a bite at one of Birkenhead’s many restaurants. Choose from a rich selection of local and ethnic cuisine, or indulge your sweet tooth at one of the many cafés in the area.

​Why visit?

Birkenhead combines a fascinating history with stunning views, lush native bush, award-winning dining and great coffee. Don’t miss one of the local walks to experience historic treasures like the Chelsea Sugar Refinery and the original workers’ cottage.

A bustling coffee-lover’s Mecca by day, this charming village literally sparkles at night, with twinkling fairy lights lining the main street. Birkenhead is just a short ferry ride from downtown Auckland, or just over the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

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