Visiting Auckland? Do you want to make the most of your time?
Here are some great half and full day Auckland guides on where to go and what to do with your visit to St Heliers, your village by the sea.
A DAY AT ST HELIERS
Whether you have a whole day free to explore St Heliers and the Eastern Bays, or only a few hours we’ve got you covered! Located close enough to the city, yet far enough away to feel like you’re on a beach holiday, St Heliers is the perfect place to visit.
Take in the breath-taking views of Auckland’s Waitemata harbour, and mysterious yet breath-taking Rangitoto Island as you bus, drive, walk or bike your way along Tamaki Drive- Auckland’s top-rated walkway, which leads you right to our gorgeous village by the sea.
With buses leaving every 10 minutes from Britomart, getting to enjoy all that the Eastern Bays has to offer is easy. Remember to catch the big blue bus that leaves every 15 mins and brings you straight to St Heliers, or hire a car. Either way, you’ll enjoy the scenic drive to our gorgeous village by the sea.
Auckland’s Iconic Aquarium
Kelly Tarlton’s (which the blue bus stops at directly), is a large aquarium, housing some of the ocean’s most dangerous predators and beautiful fish. Don’t forget the adorable sub-Antarctic penguins, offering the opportunity to see these birds up close in their icy domain. A particularly good stop for the whole family, and if the weather isn’t particularly great.
Bastion Point – Where history meets boundless views
If you are driving or fancy a walk with panoramic views, then just beyond Kelly Tarlton’s is Bastion Point – an elevated historical reserve that provides excellent views across the Waitemata Harbour, Rangitoto and the Auckland city skyline. Bastion Point is remembered in NZ history for its role in the 1970s Maori protests against forced land alienation. It also features the home of the Savage Memorial, built for NZs first Labour party prime minister, Michael Joseph Savage. The memorial features a beautiful garden and spectacular views. There are also carparks and toilets suitable for families at no charge.
Fun for Hire
Just around the corner is a famous waterfront store called Fergs Kayaks, here you can hire a bike, roller blades or merely get out on the water and try an hours’ worth of Kayaking or paddle boarding. Check out their website for prices.
You’ll pass other Eastern Bays, like Mission Bay with its spectacular fountain, and buzz of activity, and Kohimarama, with its quiet sandy beach. If the weather is nice and you fancy a stroll, it is an easy 15 min walk from Kohimarama to St Heliers’ generous beach, playground, shops, and eateries.
Our Village by The Sea
Once you’ve arrived, sit back, relax and indulge in an array of delicious wines and beers, while enjoying delectable local cuisine or flavours from all over the world at any one of our amazing restaurants (full list here). All just a stone’s throw from the clear blue water and sandy beach. There are also plenty of cafes to pick up some goodies to create your own picnic, with amazing coffee and delicious all-natural handcrafted ice cream. Let the children loose at the playground while taking in the relaxed atmosphere and the fresh sea air.
Rather hit the shops than lay on the beach? We have a plethora of different shops from boutique clothing to fabulous shoes, as well as books and gifts aplenty! You’ll be met by friendly faces and a real community vibe as you spend the day here. We are very child-friendly offering a safe environment for your entire family to relax and have fun in.
With plenty of free and accessible parking, wonderful shops, cafes, and restaurants as well as a beautiful, easy to swim in beach – St Heliers is the perfect beach-side escape. Relax and enjoy!
Take a look at this video to see all that St Heliers has to offer. We look forward to seeing you soon!