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A Charming Rural Town on Auckland's Doorstep



Historical Charm and Heritage

Helensville is steeped in history, with a rich heritage dating back to the early days of European settlement in New Zealand. Take a stroll down the town's main street and admire the beautifully preserved heritage buildings, such as the Helensville Museum housed in the historic courthouse, or the Helensville Railway Station, which now serves as a charming café. Learn about the town's fascinating past at the Helensville and District Historical Society, or visit the nearby Minniesdale Chapel, a quaint wooden church built in 1867.

Outdoor Activities and Natural Attractions

Surrounded by picturesque farmland and native bush, Helensville offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to explore and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Take a leisurely walk along the Kaipara River Walkway, which winds through lush forest and offers stunning views of the river and surrounding hills. For a more adventurous outing, head to the nearby Woodhill Forest, where you can go mountain biking, horse riding, or try your hand at archery or paintball. The town is also a great base for exploring the wider Kaipara Harbour, with fishing, kayaking, and boat tours available.

Arts, Crafts, and Local Produce

Helensville is home to a thriving community of artists, craftspeople, and local producers, and visitors can discover a range of unique and high-quality products at the town's many galleries, studios, and markets. Browse the exquisite handcrafted jewellery, pottery, and woodwork at the Helensville Art Centre, or visit the Helensville Farmers Market on the first Sunday of every month to sample delicious locally grown produce, artisanal food, and handmade crafts. Don't miss the annual Helensville A&P Show, a celebration of the town's agricultural heritage featuring livestock competitions, equestrian events, and traditional Kiwi entertainment.

Relaxation and Rejuvenation

For those seeking a relaxing and rejuvenating getaway, Helensville offers a range of options to unwind and pamper yourself. Soak in the natural geothermal waters of the Parakai Springs, a popular local hot pool complex, or indulge in a massage or beauty treatment at one of the town's many day spas. Take a peaceful stroll through the beautifully landscaped gardens of the Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens, or simply sit back and enjoy a delicious meal at one of Helensville's charming cafes or restaurants, such as the Porcini Cafe or the Ginger Crunch Cafe.

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