Visit Helensville On Your Auckland Campervan Rental Road Trip

Helensville - Photo by Natalia V, Flickr Creative CommonsHelensville - Photo by Natalia V, Flickr Creative Commons

Helensville is a township known to Maori as Te Awaroa, or the valley of the long river. Helensville is home to nearly 2,500 people, and even though it is only a 40 minute drive from Auckland, it’s still a country town at heart.

In the past Helensville played a huge role in the development of the city, with ships first entering the Kaipara Harbour in the 1800s, their crews seeking strong kauri spars, and so a trade in timber and gum grew. The first early settlers to build permanent structures here, made their way into the region from Auckland, travelling on bush tracks to Riverhead, and paddling down the Helensville River by canoe.

The town’s European name came about when an early pioneer timber miller named John McLeod and his wife Helen, built a single-storey kauri homestead in 1862 overlooking a mill they had established. Their home became known as "Helen's Villa" - a name which was quickly adapted and adopted by the town. The town’s Pioneer Museum offers a fascinating glimpse into the past, as do the town’s wealth of eye-catching kauri villas and commercial buildings.

To visit Helensville, you can Hire Campervans in Auckland which is only 40 minutes away.

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