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COVID-19 Alert Level 2 – Parks and facilities information

Under Alert Level 2, all public toilets, playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, golf clubs, skate parks, pump tracks, BBQs and other facilities within our parks and open spaces will reopen to the public. 

Aucklanders planning to use these facilities should wash or sanitise their hands before and after use, and keep two metres away from other users. Do not use these facilities or equipment if you are feeling unwell. Where safe physical distancing may not be possible, the use of a face mask is recommended.

Use the NZ COVID Tracer app to manually record your visit to our parks, beaches, toilets and open spaces. Follow the latest government advice on

Chelsea Heritage Path


Some areas on or near the path are closed to prevent the spread of kauri dieback. Read more about how to Protect our kauri trees.

Walking time 30 mins

Walking steps 2340 steps

Distance 1.8 km

Starts at 60 Colonial Road, Birkenhead

Get directions on Google Maps

About the path

Explore Chelsea Estate Heritage Park, a unique coastal reserve in Birkenhead that's home to the iconic Chelsea Sugar Refinery.

Start at the Colonial Road entrance to the park (car parking is available). You'll be walking mainly on concrete paths and roadside grass areas. The paths down to the coastal edge are steep but worth it for the views.

Don't miss the impressive sculpture by Bill Hayes. The artwork was designed from a ships 'grab' (mechanical jaws), that gathered more than 8.5 million tons of raw sugar.

Enjoy spectacular views of the inner Waitematā Harbour, Auckland Harbour Bridge and city centre.

The George Giles Walkway offers a short side walk down to Chelsea Bay, for more spectacular views.

In the trees above the main pond you may see nesting shags. Throughout the park there are a variety of native birds such as tūī and kererū (wood pigeon). The lakes are home to native fish including short and long-finned eels, common bully and banded kokopu.

Pack a picnic or enjoy a bite to eat at the new cafe. After your walk, relax by the scenic ponds or take your dog to enjoy the dedicated off-leash exercise area.


  • Dog off-leash area near this path
  • Drinking fountain
  • Public artwork
  • Public toilet

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