Not only is your new place within walking distance of shops and cafes, the local gym and sports grounds, you have regional parks, lakes, beaches and playgrounds on your doorstep. Here's our guide to a selection of the best things to do within 30 minutes drive of Wellsford Country Estate.

Pakiri Beach
Pakiri Beach

With incredibly beautiful beaches within easy reach on the east coast and the Kaipara Harbour to the west, you're spoiled for choice when it comes to getting sand between your toes.

Your nearest east coast beaches are Te Arai and Forestry (20 minutes) and Pakiri (30 minutes). Both are well known for their consistent surf conditions and endlessly long stretches of white sand.

The world renown marine reserve at Goat Island is just 10 more minutes from Pakiri and offers some of the best scuba diving and snorkelling around.

If you're looking for a sedate beach swim, head for the old quarry hole at Te Arai beach, which offers a perfectly sheltered swimming area.

The Wellsford market runs on the first Saturday of the month from 9am to 2pm at the OWL Community Hub right in town, so it's an easy stroll to get there and a great place to pick up gifts as well as local produce.

Further afield, the Mangawhai market runs every Saturday from 9am to 1pm in the Mangawhai village. Or, head towards Matakana where the weekly Farmers' market is also on  Saturday, 8am - 1pm.

Local fishing options

When you live midway between 2 coasts, there's no shortage of opportunity to go fishing from land or by boat.

Your nearest place to launch a boat is the boat ramp at Port Albert, just 15 minutes from Wellsford town. Alternatively, go fishing off the rocks at Atiu Creek regional park, where there are excellent surfcasting spots available.

On the east coast, you can fish off Pakiri and Te Arai beaches and if you're a keen boatie, head out from Mangawhai Heads boat ramp. There's often good fishing in Mangawhai harbour and the nearby Hen and Chickens islands and Sail Rock seldom fail to produce plenty of snapper and kahawai.

Views over the Kaipara Harbour from Tapora, near Atiu Creek
Views over the Kaipara Harbour from Tapora, near Atiu Creek

For keen walkers and explorers, there's an excellent line up of local walking tracks that let you truly appreciate the beauty around you. 

Within Wellsford
Currys Bush circular walking track takes you through kahikatea forest for a gentle 20 minute stroll and is then just another couple of minutes walk to the nearest cafe for your post walk reward.

To the west
Head 30 minutes west to Atiu Creek 843 hectare regional park for panoramic views over the Kaipara and a variety of well defined walking tracks for all fitness levels. 

To the east
Tomarata Lake - the largest of 3 inland dune lakes - lets you walk right around the lake and also has a walking track that will take you all the way to Te Arai beach. Alternatively, try Te Arai to Mangawhai. Further south, Pakiri regional park presents a climb, with views that are worth every step.

Tomarata Lake
Tomarata Lake

Just east of Wellsford are 3 dune lakes, with the largest - Tomarata Lake - being publicly accessible.

It has a boat ramp and jetty and is a popular spot for swimming, water skiing, jet skiing, boating and paddleboarding.

The lake has good public facilities, excellent walking tracks and plenty of spots for a picnic.

Allow about 30 minutes to get there from Wellsford.

Plenty of choices for golf around Wellsford

Your nearest golf course is just a couple of minutes drive south of Wellsford town and is an absolute gem. Wellsford's own golf course is a picturesque 18 hole course with green fees that will see you there every chance you get.

If you're looking for variety, 40 minutes will get you to the Tapora golf club, offering 9 holes and views over the Kaipara Harbour.

Mangawhai golf course is 30 minutes away and is commonly regarded as one of the best golf courses in New Zealand.

 

 

Sand Island, Tapora
Sand Island, Tapora

Just 5 minutes north of Wellsford is the world class Maori cultural centre Te Hana Te Ao Marama.

An exploration of Sand Island, at the end of the Tapora Peninsula, is an experience to save up for a gloriously sunny day.

For outstanding chocolates, head to Bennetts Chocolate Factory in Mangawhai.

The Matakana Coast is packed with excellent wineries offering tastings, sales and restaurants.

Matakana Cinemas is your nearest option for movies and there's no shortage of good places to eat within a couple of minutes walk of the cinema.

For very local events, keep an eye on the Visit Wellsford event calendar, which will let you know what's happening on your doorstep.