After we walked around town looking at the old buildings we stopped in at the Helensville Pioneer Museum Open Day.
Helensville Primary School opened in June 1877, although this house, the home of school principals from 1883 to 1973, wasn't built until 1883.
Hedley Cottage, this Edwardian cottage was built in 1910-1912. It was opened as the offical museum for the Helensville & District Historial Society on 11 Dec 1970.
The Hec Nicholls Memorial Barn is dedicated to the first president of the Helensville & District Historical Society. This mural painted on the side of the barn is of Mr John & Mrs Helen McLeod, the founders of Helensville. The Maori carving I presume is of the local hapu of the Ngati Whatua iwi.
Aren't they cute? A couple of Alpacas from the Alpaca farm at South Head in Kaipara.
On the drive home we passed this Tuscan style farm house, I could have sworn we were in Italy! Shame about the power lines!
On the opposite side of the road were these beautiful creatures, sorry about the rear views!
And that's the final in the saga of our weekend to Helensville and Parakai. Next on the agenda is our long weekend trip to New Plymouth but first I have to sort through about 500 or so photos!
Have a very merry Christmas everyone.
Ka kite anō, mā te wā