DAY TRIP FROM HELENSVILLE
A leisurely day exploring Kaukapakapa, a sculpture garden and walks where sweeping views over land and water complete a perfect day. Your destination is Kaipara Coast Plant Centre at 1481 Kaipara Coast Highway, Kaukapakapa, Auckland.
- Over 40 sculptures embedded into an easy 1 km garden pathway walk
- Lookout point of the Kaipara Harbour
- Sunday market day at the local memorial hall
Come and enjoy a relaxed art and garden experience strolling along a gentle 1km sculpture & garden trail set in a tranquil and inspirational rural oasis located at award winning Kaipara Coast Plant Centre. Listen to the birds as you enjoy the gardens and over 40 selected sculptures by leading New Zealand artists.
You can also walk Don’s Conservation track & the Harbour View Loop Track located in the Gardens. These two loop tracks take you on a winding 1km and 1.5km journey through native forest, beside streams and small waterfalls, with viewpoints of farmland and Kaipara Harbour. Sculptures are for sale and the display changes completely with the new exhibition opening in November each year to give you a fresh experience each time you come.
The award winning garden centre offers online deliveries and workshops ranging from bee keeping to fruit tree pruning.
On the third Sunday of every month Kaukapakapa Village Market has locally sourced produce, handcrafted bakery goodies, sweets and chocolates, The market is held in the local memorial hall.
Nearby the Kaipara Plant Centre is
- Gibbs Farm. Gibbs Farm is open to artists, educational institutions, charities and the public, by prior appointment only. Click here for further details. The farm is a world renown location for enormous outdoor multi-media art installations.
- Omeru Reserve. Omeru Reserve – on Kaipara Coast Highway (SH 16), 20 minutes north of Helensville is currently closed to prevent kauri dieback disease. There are a series of three waterfalls, Omeru Falls, Waitangi Falls and Waitangi Stream Cascade together with a public BBQ area, swimming areas and historic pa site.