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Waitakere Ranges

Arataki Visitor Centre | 300 Scenic Drive, Titirangi, Auckland Central, Auckland 0604, New Zealand
+64 9-817 0089
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This scenic drive takes you past bush scenery, to observation points for spectacular views and to gorgeous beaches.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good24%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“scenic drive” (31 reviews)
“piha beach” (46 reviews)
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Arataki Visitor Centre | 300 Scenic Drive, Titirangi, Auckland Central, Auckland 0604, New Zealand
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"arataki visitor centre"
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"scenic drive"
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"kauri trees"
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"kitekite falls"
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"hillary trail"
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"lion rock"
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"west coast beaches"
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"beautiful area"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We drove to karekare beach and stopped off on the way back for a quick picnic. The flora is beautiful from all the ferns to the nikau palms along the road and at the campsites. Everything is well signed. Go to arataki I site to...More

Thank Lissf1976
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Reviewed 18 April 2018

If you have the time, take a drive to this scenic drive and enjoy the Waitakere Ranges. If got time, do drop by Arataku Visitor Center

Thank joanadventure
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

The visitor center has great vistas. Took a couple short walks. Interpretive exhibits are well done. Enjoyed the variation in foliage.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

This is a beautiful place and so close to Auckland city. You can see every variety of fern and the views from here are amazing.

Thank onthemoveBangalore
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

Waitakere Ranges is a fairly nice park with some good waterfall hikes, plus Lion Rock and the nearby Piha Beach are visually stunning. We stayed in the area for one night which was unnecessary, a day trip from Auckland would have been sufficient.

Thank puablo
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Reviewed 24 March 2018

The Waitakere Ranges are Auckland's most accessible and precious forest. The ranges are home to many native birds and trees, as well as spectacular waterfalls. They are obviously well worth a visit. However, the forest is in crisis. The Kauri tree - a forest giant...More

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Reviewed 23 March 2018

We only had a brief stop here, but a group photo in the frame was essential, and the visitor center is very well done indeed, and a nice gift shop

Thank ManilaKwan
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

Beautiful ranges; we drove through these ranges during our road trip. It was an amazing experience. There are also good breakfast joints on the way with amazing views. Do make a pit stop for a good English breakfast with awesome view. View of clouds touching...More

1  Thank TravlQ
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

On Good Friday in 2017, we went to Piha beach, Piha beach is a popular place in the west Auckland. It was cloudy, we walked along the stream for half a hour and reached Kitekite falls, It was quite challenging but fun at the same...More

Thank TravelsWithPhillip
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

The Waitak's as the locals affectionately refer to it are home to many Native birds and species of skinks and insects . It also has some tree groves of old Kauri trees that take on the aspect of a forest cathedral made up of green...More

1  Thank Colin C
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gaojing
20 March 2018|
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some are more are not. go to the visitor centre on Scenic drive for detailed information on specific walking tracks, trails.
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Mui Hui Y
26 November 2017|
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Response from Deborah J | Reviewed this property |
There are older people who are extrememly fit and do a lot of hiking, same as there are young people who are not fit and not used to walking. Good paths, lovely bush. If you know your limitations, wear the appropriate... More
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Wendy K
20 June 2017|
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Response from guggetravel | Reviewed this property |
It's great anytime of year. Nice and cool in summer and in the wet weather the bush gives off a really special aroma. But have waterproof jackets and good walking shoes, because you will get everytning wet
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