Wellsford is tucked into the northern outskirts of Auckland, providing a nature-filled escape with sandy beaches and water sports. Museums, retro shops and heritage centres showcase historic roots, while the nearby Kaipara Harbour offers fishing expeditions and marine ecosystems.
Things to do in Wellsford
Discover the region’s significant contributions to New Zealand society at the Albertland & Districts Museum. Devoted to understanding the 1860s vision of a nonconformist and classless society, the museum chronicles the journey of migrant ships from London to the Albertland Settlement. You’ll find artefacts, memorabilia and comprehensive archives.
Hit the waves at Te Arai Beach for surfing and stand-up paddleboarding or sign up for lessons with gear provided. If you’d rather stay dry, saddle up for horseback riding at Pakiri Beach, about a 20-minute drive from Wellsford.
Browse the retro shops, such as Retro on Rodney. Dig to your heart’s content while unearthing treasures, including bone china, antique linens, wine decanters and bone-handle cutlery. The most distinctive items are the unsplit angora, calf and deer hides sourced and prepared in New Zealand.
Travelling with young children? Take a break with gentle walking paths and picnic areas at Atiu Creek Regional Park. Sitting on the Tapora Peninsula just west of town, the park offers scenic views of Kaipara Harbour. Older kids will enjoy climbing sections of the Dome Forest Walkway through groves of kauri trees.
Getting around Wellsford
You can rent a car at Whangarei Airport, about 90 kilometres from Wellsford. Buses, taxis and bike rentals offer transport within town.