Get an authentic taste of the country at The Butcher Baker, a new farm-to-table eatery, or pop in to Ginger Crunch Café for a cuppa and cake in Helensville’s old railway station building. If you’re into beer, grab a delicious pale ale or American IPA over at Liberty Brewing Taproom.
Ready for adventure? Wedged between forest and the base of the harbour on the Kaipara River, the Helensville surrounds boast a huge array of outdoor activities. Zipline or mountain bike through Woodhill Forest, take a guided cruise around Kaipara Harbour or gently trot through the countryside on horse. Ever wanted to go sky diving? Get the adrenaline racing on the highest tandem skydive in New Zealand, based just outside of Helensville.
That’s not to say you can’t find calmness in this neck of the woods. Take a beautiful one-kilometre stroll along the Helensville Riverside Walkway. Did you know Auckland has hot pools? Warm up the natural thermal pools at Parakai Springs, a hugely popular spot with an open-air pool, two hydroslides and private spas. Helensville is also close to beaches, golf courses, vineyards and farm stays, as well as a diverse number of riverside parks dotted around the grand Kaipara Harbour.
Location Te wāhi
HelensvillePlan your route
Getting there Te huarahi ki reira
Helensville is a 40-minute drive from Auckland and is best accessed by car.
Local tip He tīwhiri mō te rohe
Swim in the Kaipara Harbour by heading over to Shelly Beach, a beautiful little spot on the South Head peninsula and only 25 minutes from Helensville.