Explore Wellsford

Wellsford, north of Auckland, New Zealand


The town of Wellsford sits at the intersection of State Highway 1 and State Highway 16 and it's the northern-most town in the Auckland region. It's midway between Auckland and Whangarei - about a 60 minute drive from both cities - so it's an ideal place to break your journey, grab a bite to eat and stretch your legs.

At first glance, Wellsford can seem a bit utilitarian but there's a lot more under the hood than you might imagine. Here's your quick visitors' guide to Wellsford town.

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Tomarata Lake


Tomarata is an area of rolling green farmland to the north east of Wellsford town.  It's special for Tomarata Lake, one of three dune lakes that sit between hills and forestry and provide a beautiful, tranquil setting for walking, swimming, water sports or a picnic.

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Port Albert, Wellsford

Port Albert

If you're coming up State Highway 16 heading north, just look for the signs off to your left for a spectacular detour. If you're in Wellsford, head west on Port Albert Road because Port Albert is worth every one of your few minutes travel.

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Te Hana marae

Te Hana

The tiny town of Te Hana is another that's easy to drive straight through but in fact, it's home to a world class cultural gem.

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Pakiri Beach


Spanning kilometres of white sandy coastline to the south east of Wellsford is Pakiri. It's a location made to enjoy, with every kind of beach activity available, a beautiful regional park and plenty of places to stay. 

Pakiri lies at the southern border of the Wellsford area and lies within easy readch of Goat Island, renowned for some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving conditions on earth as well as Matakana Village.

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Te Arai, Wellsford

Te Arai

Te Arai lies at the furthest north east point in the Wellsford region. It offers pristine white sandy beaches at the end of picturesque rural roads and a glorious campground within the regional park.

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If you're looking for an experience that's well off the beaten track, yet not too far from civilisation, Tapora is perfect. It sits to the west of Wellsford on a peninsula that sprawls out into the Kaipara Harbour and is unspoiled and incredibly beautiful.

It's home to one of the Wellsford area's most stunning parks, Atiu Creek Regional Park, which covers over 800 hectares and has a series of excellent walking and mountain biking tracks that are open to the public. 

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