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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!

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The Art Centre
Basement, Helensville War Memorial Hall, Commercial Road, Helensville.
Monday: 10am to 2pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 2pm to 4pm; Friday closed; Saturday, Sunday: 11am to 3pm.
Ph 021 158 6859, email:

Dining Out

The Cafe
Open for breakfast and lunch 7 days.  
46 Commercial Road, Helensville.   Ph 09 420 8615   
Email   [ Full listing ]




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




Flight Training & Flying

West Auckland Airport
Introductory flights, flight training, aircraft hangarage, aircraft maintenance, recreational flying, sport aviation & skydiving.
76 Green Rd, Parakai.  Ph 09 420 8010.


Garden Visits

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:


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 Cruises
Kaipara Harbour and River cruises, from three hours to two days.
Phone: 09 420 8466 or


Horse Riding and Treks

Tasman Rides
Fabulous horse riding over a 300 acre working farm and Woodhill Forest. We offer a fun-filled, safe horse riding experience for all levels of riding ability.
Fordyce Rd, Helensville.   Ph: 09 420 8603   Mob: 027 2222 601


Hot Pools

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



Helensville Public Library
Commercial Rd, Helensville (in Helensville War Memorial building). 
9.30am - 5pm weekdays, 9.30am - 4pm Saturdays. Internet access available.



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



Helensville Museum
Riverside Reserve, Mill Rd, Helensville.  Ph 09 420 7881
Features historic South Kaipara buildings plus a hugely varied collection of historic memorabilia.

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 11am to 3pm, Saturday and Sunday. Website:



Maori Bay - turn left at bottom of Muriwai Beach Rd. Surfing, views.
Muriwai - access through Woodhill Forest via Rimmer Rd 3km south of Helensville. See 'Forestry' below for access details.
Muriwai - turn-off into Muriwai Beach Rd at Waimauku on State Highway 16. 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.

Woodhill Forest
There is a public easement to the 10-mile carpark for access to Muriwai beach (Rangatira). The forest however is on private property and is an operational forest. All access must be permitted by Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara.
Visit for further information.
Phone: 09 420 9566, Email:

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)

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)
Woodhill Forest - There are currently no walking tracks in Woodhill forest, though a safe area for walking, dog walking, running etc is planned and will be clearly sign posted. Maps will be available at: There are various other licensed recreational activities within Woodhill forest.

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



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.



Skydive Auckland
76 Green Road, Parakai. Ph 0800 921 650.



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: Southern entry in Mill Road (opposite Mitre 10); central entry point at Creek Lane (beside Unichem, Commercial Road); and the Northern entry is between the historic Post Office and the old Bank of New Zealand buildings, Commercial Road. 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: Website:

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: There are currently no walking tracks in Woodhill forest, though a safe area for walking, dog walking, running etc is planned and will be clearly sign posted. Maps will be available at: There are various other licensed recreational activities within Woodhill forest.