Chelsea Heritage Park
Chelsea Heritage Estate 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.
The main entrance for vehicles is on Colonial Road, while walking tracks connect the park to Chelsea Bay (via Telephone Road), Huka Road and Rawene Road. Parking is available on Colonial Road or at the Chelsea carpark, beside the lake.
Walking tracks connect to neighbouring reserves and neighbourhoods. Some tracks may be temporarily closed due to slip repairs or kauri dieback prevention. To access the Kauri Point Kendall Bay track, walk up the Manager’s driveway (pedestrian access only). Track entrances are signposted.
The Chelsea Sugar grounds, across the road bridge, is private but open to the public to enjoy the lakes, access Chelsea Bay and visit the cafe.
The Chelsea Bay cafe is open Monday to Friday 7am - 4pm, and Saturday to Sunday 8am - 4pm. Tours of the sugar factory (Monday to Friday) and tennis court hire can be booked by visiting the Chelsea Sugar reception or visiting the Chelsea website - chelsea.co.nz.
Chelsea Regional Park Assn Inc. (CHERPA) is a volunteer group involved in restoration and advocating for better park management. If you are interested in joining or learning more about the park, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or find them on Facebook.
CAUTION: Please keep an eye out for trucks when crossing Colonial Road. It is not safe for people or dogs to swim in the lakes due to silt build-up. Because of the presence of toxic algae and botulism in warmer months, feeding ducks or fishing without a permit is also prohibited.”