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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

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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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