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Chelsea Heritage Park

Chelsea Estate Heritage Park combines a relaxing walk around lakes, grassland and bush walks with panoramic views across the inner harbour to the Auckland city centre. The park boasts excellent picnic spots, off-leash dog exercise areas, heritage buildings and a wide variety of ecological habitats and wildlife. 

Car parking is available on Colonial Road, or park in Birkenhead Village and take a short walk down Rawene Rd and enter the park via Pine forest track (top) or Chelsea Bay track (bottom). Take a stroll around the park and lakes, visit the Sugar Cafe and Chelsea Sugar Discovery Centre or choose one of the many bush walking tracks that connect to the adjacent reserves.

Walking tracks and times: Rawene Rd to Chelsea Bay (10mins); Rawene forest to Chelsea lakes via dog park (30mins); Chelsea track, - Duck Creek and heritage dam (45 mins return, entrance at carpark on Colonial Rd); Chelsea track loop via Fishermans Track (1hr loop, ends at tennis court); Kauri Point to Kendall Bay walk (2hr return, unformed track. From Chelsea carpark, walk past factory and up driveway marked Private Property (pedestrian access allowed) via track entrance on left, after Horse Paddock.

Be aware: Chelsea Sugar Refinery trucks on Colonial Road; lakes, dam and stormwater outlets; steep cliffs, fallen trees; and predator control. No watercraft, hunting or fishing allowed without a permit. Please report any pollution, illegal dumping or vandalism to the Auckland Council hotline (09) 301 0101. To join CHERPA (Chelsea Regional Park Assn Inc) or join our restoration volunteers - email

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