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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.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good25%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Arataki Visitor Centre | 300 Scenic Drive, Titirangi, Auckland Central, Auckland 0604, New Zealand
+64 9-817 0089
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We had a full day before our flight back to the US, and spent it at the Waitakere Ranges Park. We started at the outstanding Arataki Visitor Center, and the ranger directed us to several hikes into the surrounding rain forest. We drove down to...More

Thank karen B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went there with the kids and we just love the view and a bit of a hike... It was a bit foggy... for sure the scene would be more wonderful with clear blue skies.

Thank Agiepee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth the visit. A very interesting visitors centre with viewing platforms. Just outside the main entrance ti the right is a small track that takes you to another viewing area and the start of the Sir Hilary Track.

Thank Erica L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Almost one hundred different tracks. Waterfalls, huge Kauri, coastal views etc. Start your visit at the aratake centre 5-10mins from Titirangi village. Now closed due to local iwi rahui. Kauri Dieback. Please stay away until further notice.

Thank RunPeteRun
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a chance for a good uphill/downhill workout amongst some outstanding native bush including a few Kauri trees. These tracks are not amongst the ones closed due to the Kauri die-back disease which a serious problem in the Northern part of the island. Our...More

Thank jonspil
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Arataki Visitor centre is on the scenic drive which runs along the top of the Waitakere Ranges. The centre afford the visitors views of both sides of the Auckland isthmus which is the narrowest part of New Zealand's north Island.It has beautifully sculpted decks...More

Thank Hardworkingteacher
Reviewed 9 January 2018

Waitakere Ranges Regional Parkland covers more than 16,000 hectares of native forest and coastline. The park includes 250km of walking and tramping tracks, beaches, breathtaking vistas, spectacular rocky outcrops, waterfalls and cliffs. Check out the information centre. Try to always wear good footwear as the...More

Thank 422iana
Reviewed 3 January 2018

Been there numerous times, plenty of medium rated hikes, all with great view of the Tasman sea, Piha,Muriwai and Bethell beach. Beautiful waterfalls on some of the hikes.

Thank richkams
Reviewed 27 December 2017 via mobile

It’s very convenient because it’s only 30 min from Auckland. There were 2 trails to walk - one a nature tail which was a lot of greenery. The Hillary walk had a lookout point. Main reason to come here is for the view.

Thank youke_worldwide
Reviewed 22 December 2017

Plan a whole day to visit the Waitakere Ranges and also Piha, Bethells and Muriwai beaches, you will not be disappointed!

Thank KentLeKiwi
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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
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
12 October 2016|
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Response from collinz0188lsnt | Reviewed this property |
Hi there. There are 2 waterfalls great for swimming in. The first is easily accessible and is in a picturesque setting and beautiful for a swim however I am not recommending jumping from the falls as you never know, like any... More