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Last updated
October 23rd, 2014

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Helensville and the surrounding area offer the visitor a huge variety of things to do and places to visit. Attractions range from peaceful garden visits to heart-stopping sky diving, insightful museum visits to horse trekking along stunning beaches. There are cruises, natural hot pools, golf, tours, walks - check the listings below and come enjoy Helensville!

And don't forget to check out What's On for special events.

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Arts

The Art Centre
Karaka Street, Helensville.
Monday: 10am to 2pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 2pm to 4pm; Friday closed; Saturday, Sunday: 11am to 3pm.
Ph 021 158 6859, email: admin.arts@gmail.com

Dining Out

Ginger Crunch Station Cafe
A unique cafe experience at the historic Helensville Train Station
2 Railway Rd, Helensville.   Ph 09 420 9133   [ Full listing ]

Pita Pit
Fresh Thinking, Healthy Eating. Every meal made for you - you pick what you want.
25 Commercial Rd, Helensville.   Ph 09 420 7261   [Full page listing]

The Cafe
Open for breakfast and lunch 7 days.  
46 Commercial Road, Helensville.   Ph 09 420 8615   
Email u-crust@ihug.co.nz   [ Full listing ]

 

 

Entertainment

Helensville A&P Show
The biggest event on Helenville's annual calendar, the Helensville A&P Show has run for more than a century and is held on the last Saturday of every February.
Click here to visit the Show's website

 

Fishing Charters

Ali-Kat Charters
Experience fishing on the mighty Kaipara Harbour with friendly Skipper Wayne on board Ali-Kat.
Ph Wayne: 021 258 5431 or Sharon: 021 848 388 or Bus: 09 420 8285
Email: info@ali-katcharters.co.nz
Website: www.ali-katcharters.co.nz

 

Flights

Parakai Airfield
Introductory flights, Aerial Photos, Skydiving.
76 Green Rd, Parakai.  Ph 09 420 8010.
Email: info@ParakaiAirfield.co.nz
Website: www.ParakaiAirfield.co.nz

 

Garden Visits

Greenlaw
Garden visits and homestay.
29 Rogan Ave, Helensville.  Ph 09 420 8915 Fax 09 420 8839   [ Full listing ]

Kaipara Coast Plant Centre & Sculpture Gardens
Stunning sculptures set is beautiful gardens
1481 Kaipara Coast Highway, Kaukapakapa, Auckland 0843 (4km north of Kaukapakapa on SH16, approx 15 mins north of Helensville).
Ph 09 420 5655, fax 09 420 5654, mob 027 272 3604 Web: www.sculpturegardens.co.nz

(For gardens outside the Helensville area visit NZ Gardens Online)

 

Golf Courses

Helensville District Golf Club
Peak Road, RD 2, Helensville.  Ph 09 420 5454

South Head Golf Club
South Head Road, RD 1, Helensville.  Ph 09 420 2838.

 

Harbour and River Cruises

Kaipara Harbour Tours
Mill Rd, Helensville.  Ph/Fax 09 420 8466
Email: kaiparacruises@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.kaiparacruises.co.nz    [ Full listing ]


 

Horse Riding and Treks

Dune Lakes Lodge
Equestrian vacations, children's camps, guided forest and beach rides, natural horsemanship, horse starting and training, barefoot trimming, equine-facilitated corporate team building.
470 Wilson Road, RD1, South Kaipara Head, Auckland. Ph 09 420 2040 Email info@dunelakeslodge.co.nz    [ Full listing ]

South Kaipara Horse Treks and Riding Holidays
Day, overnight and multi-day escorted treks. Farm stays.
South Head, RD1, Helensville.  Ph 09 420 2835  Fax 09 420 2798
email rodbevhedley@xtra.co.nz  Website: www.horserides.co.nz

Tasman Rides
Farm, forest, beach and night rides plus all-day treks.
Fordyce Rd, Helensville.  Ph 09 420 8603  Fax 09 420 8332
email info@tasmanrides.co.nz  Website: www.tasmanrides.co.nz    [ Full listing ]

 

Hot Pools

Parakai Springs
Parkhurst Rd, Parakai.  Ph 09 420 8998 Fax 09 420 8909    [ Full listing ]

 

Library

Helensville Public Library
Commercial Rd, Helensville (Community Centre building) (photo).  
10am - 5 pm daily, late night Friday, Saturday morning. Internet access
available.  Ph 09 420 8645

 

Miscellaneous

Helensville Railway Station
Features cafe, specialty shops and occasional steam train visits
Railway St, Helensville.

 

Museums

Helensville Pioneer Museum
Riverside Reserve, Mill Rd, Helensville.  Ph 09 420 7881    [ Full listing ]

Helensville Railway Museum
1 Railway Street, Helensville (adjacent to rail station). Purpose-built museum displaying Helensville's rail heritage. Static displays and large working Helensville rail model. Open 10am to 3pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Website: www.helensvillerail.org.nz

 

Nature

Beaches:
Maori Bay - turn left at bottom of Muriwai Beach Rd. Surfing, views.
Muriwai - access through Woodhill Forest via Rimmer Rd 3km south of Helensville.
Muriwai - turn-off into Muruwai Beach Rd at Waimauku on State Highway16. Swimming, gannet colony, typical wild west coast beach.
Shelly Beach - off South Head Rd, South Kaipara Head, 20 minutes north-east of Helensville. Boat ramp, fishing, camping, swimming.

Forestry
Woodhill Forest, open daily 8.30 am until sunset. Access via Rimmer Rd, 3km south of Helensville. Picnic areas, lookouts, trails, walks, lakes, motocross, orienteering, lagoon, fishing and swimming.

Gannet Colony
Follow directions above to Muriwai Beach

Picnic Areas:
Kaipara Harbour Lookout, Kaukapakapa
Maori Bay, Muriwai (see 'Beaches' above)
Muriwai Beach
Omeru Reserve - on Kaipara Coast Highway (SH 16), 20 minutes north of Helensville.
Parakai Domain - Parkhurst Rd, Parakai. Camping, hot pools.
Shelly Beach - Shelly Beach Rd, off South Head Rd, 20 minutes north-east of Helensville. Camping.
Woodhill Forest (see 'Forestry' above)

Walks:
Goldie's Bush, Constable Rd, Muriwai
Helensville River Reserve, Mill Rd, Helensville. Approx 10 minute walk.
Helensville Heritage Walks - trace Helensville's past and how it relates to present day. Brochures with directions available from the Museum, Visitor Bureau and New Horizons.
Mt Auckland, Kaipara Coast Highway (SH 16), 30 minutes north of Helensville. Approx 3 hour track one-way.
Muriwai/Maori Bay Headland - turn off near Muriwai Beach (see above)
Omeru Reserve (see 'Picnic Areas' above)

A brochure on most walks is available from the Helensville Visitor Bureau.

 

Shopping

Retail in Helensville
There is a broad selection of retail outlets in Helensville, from giftware and fashion, jewellery to antiques. Click here for retail listings on our main business page.

 

Skydiving

Skydive Auckland
76 Green Road, Parakai. Ph 0800 921 650.  Email:info@skydiveiveauckland.com
Website: www.skydiveauckland.com

Visitor Information

Visitor Information Centre
27 Commercial Rd, Helensville. Ph 09 420 8060, Fax 09 420 8069. Hours: Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm, Saturday 10am - 2pm. Email: hvlinfo@xtra.co.nz

 

Walkways

Helensville-Parakai: Mill Road to Parkhurst Road. Starts with a circular track around the Helensville Riverside Reserve, Mill Road, then follows the cycle/walkway to Parakai. Turn right into the reserve by Te Moau Stream, follow stream around to Wharf Reserve and back into Parakai Ave. 45 min one way.

Helensville Riverside Walkway: Entrances at Creek Lane (beside Unichem, Commercial Road) and in Mill Road next to Poland Motors. Features tracks, boardwalks and bridges, plus a lookout over the Kaipara River and extensive planting of native trees and shrubs.

Lake Ototoa: South Head/donovan Roads, South Head. Short track to dune lake stocked with trout. Can walk around lake shore depending on level.

Mosquito Bay: at end of South Head Road, South Head. Steep track to small bay near head of Kaipara Harbour. Beware strong currents close inshore. 15-30 min. Views.

Omeru Scenic Reserve: Kaipara Coast Highway, 5km north of Kaukapakapa. Bush reserve with two streams, waterfalls, pa site and picnic area. 30-40 min.

Point of View: Very scenic native bush walks (including glow-worms at night) on private property. Approx 1km of very well established (mostly mown) tracks with many bench seats and fabulous birds-eye views over Helensville, the Kaipara River and valley and Kaipara Harbour. Suitable also for mountain biking. A donation towards track maintenance is appreciated. Tea or coffee available. Please phone first, 09 420 7331. Email: travel@pointofview.net.nz. Website: www.pointofview.net.nz

Shelly Beach Reserve: Kaipara Harbour Beach Road, Shelly Beach. Large reserve on harbour shore featuring informal walks around tracks and clifftop clifftop stairs and foreshore. Pa site at north end. Views, historic site, toilet, playground, store, boat ramp. 45-60 mins.

Waionui Inlet ‘The Lagoon’: South Head Peninsula. Trig-Tasman Rd. Beach walk, low tide only. Go right towards lagoon entrance. (1-3 hours return)

Woodhill Forest: Rimmers Road, Woodhill (5 mins from Helensville/Parakai). Various walks in extensive pine forest, including Rotokowhai Track (3.5 hrs) at the lagoon; Ngapapuketuru Track (5hrs), Hodges Basin Biological Reserve Walk (2.5hrs)