• Parakai Hot Springs
  • Vineyards
  • Horse-riding


  • by car:

    45 min from Auckland

Helensville is a friendly place for a stop, or stay a while and use the town as a base for exploring the local countryside.

Helensville was named one of New Zealand's 'Top Ten Small Towns' by a national magazine. Only 40 minutes from downtown Auckland, Helensville has all the hallmarks of a classic country town – green pastures, historic architecture and a friendly population of down-to-earth people.

The town has two museums – one devoted to pioneer days; another that honours its railway heritage. Close to Helensville you’ll find Parakai Springs, a collection of naturally heated pools for swimming and water slides.

Other local attractions include vineyards, beaches, horse riding, golf courses and boats that can show you around the immense Kaipara Harbour.

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