Wellsford is a town on the Northland Peninsula in the northern North Island of New Zealand. It is the northernmost major settlement in the Auckland Region, and is 77 kilometres northwest of the Auckland CBD.
Wellsford is close to a narrowing of the Northland Peninsula caused by an arm of the Kaipara Harbour on the west coast extending inland for 20 kilometres from the body of the harbour, stretching to within 15 kilometres of the east (Pacific Ocean) coast.
The town has a population of only 1,671 but is a major regional centre, being located at the junction of State Highways 1 and 16. Its location almost exactly halfway between Auckland and the northern city of Whangarei also makes it a more notable regional centre.
According to local tradition, the name Wellsford is an acronym based on the surnames of the first families who settled in the region. The names were Watson, Edger, Lester, Levet, Simpson, Foster, Oldfield, Ramsbottom and Dibble.
In the early 1860s, English settlers arrived, establishing themselves at Port Albert, on the Kaipara Coast about 10 kilometres west of Wellsford. These settlers called themselves the Albertlanders, after Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's consort. They were a "breakaway group from the Anglican Church looking for a new world"  However, not many of the settlers arrived at Port Albert and the ones who did found it difficult to make a living. The majority of the Albertlanders moved inland, to more fertile areas in the region. As a result, Wellsford was founded.
Wellsford was part of the Rodney District during its existence from 1989 to 2010.
Rodney College is a secondary (years 9-13) school with a decile rating of 4 and a roll of 321. Wellsford School is a full primary (years 1-8) school with a decile rating of 4 and a roll of 343. Rodney College's Board of Trustees was dismissed in August 2008 and a ministry of education commissioner appointed. Following the appointment of a commissioner by the Ministry of Education, the College experienced rapid improvements partly enabled by the commissioner and new senior management staff, including currently existing principal Dave Ormandy. Rodney College has repeatedly performed exceedingly well in students' NCEA results, with the percentage of students completing NCEA Level 3 12.9% above the national average.
Living Way Christian School is a composite (years 1-13) school with a decile rating of 6 and a roll of 34. It is a private school which provides an education based on a "God-centred, Biblical perspective".
Tapora School is a full primary (Years 1-8) school with a decile rating of 6 with a roll of 45. The roll is split into three classrooms, Room 3 (Years 1-3), Room 2 (Years 4-5), Room 1 (Years 6-8) each with one teacher supervising. It is a public school located west of Wellsford.
Wellsford, Tauhoa, Pakiri and Mangawhai Primary Schools all cater for students from year 1-8, and collectively contribute to the annual in take of roughly 80 year 9 students at Rodney College.
All these schools are coeducational.
Being a rural town, sport plays a big part in Wellsford's day-to-day life with rugby, soccer, netball, cricket, tennis and athletics being amongst the more popular sports played. The Wellsford Golf Club is popular among the locals and also houses squash courts. Rollerskating, archery and bowling, (indoors and outdoors) are also available, while equestrian is also popular in the area.
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- Quickstats about Wellsford
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