Things To Do

St Heliers has some of the most iconic walking routes around Auckland. There are routes for all difficulty levels, all with incredible vistas to enjoy. The most renowned walk being Ladies Bay, named after Lady Grey, the wife of George Grey, an early Governor of New Zealand. Further along is Achilles Point - Te Pane o Horoiwi. The headland known as Te Pane o Horoiwi was named after Horoiwi who arrived on the Tainui waka (canoe). He remained here while the waka continued on to Kawhia. Today this is known as Achilles Point, which commemorates the 1939 battle of the River Plate where the New Zealand crewed HMS Achilles engaged with other allied vessels to defeat legendary German cruiser Graf Spee. Another walk of interest is Glover Park, as you stroll down it’s walkways you are entering the crater of an ancient volcano. Also known as Whakahumu, the St Heliers volcano erupted about 50,000 years ago. The surrounding houses and concrete water tower are built on a high "tuff" ring formed from ejected materials and ash. The seaward side eroded to form high cliffs that were once the site of a Maori pa (ancient village or fort).