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Arataki Visitor Centre

300 Scenic Drive | Titirangi, Waitakere City, Auckland 2004, New Zealand
+64 9-817 0077
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The Arataki Visitor Centre is the gateway to the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, with more than 16,000 hectares of native rainforest and coastline. It's 250km of walking and tramping tracks provide access to beaches, breathtaking views, and spectacular rocky outcrops, including the Hillary Trail, black sand beaches, waterfalls and giant kauri trees. The Park Rangers here will help you make the most of your visit. They know the latest track and weather conditions and the directions to the best places in the Park. If you are staying in the Park overnight, ask for the best camping & campervan sites.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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300 Scenic Drive | Titirangi, Waitakere City, Auckland 2004, New Zealand
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+64 9-817 0077
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"scenic drive"
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"interesting displays"
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"info centre"
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"small gift shop"
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"informative place"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Arataki Visitor Centre is a very relaxing place and the visitor centre itself provides a spectacular view of the mountains and sea as you follow the wooden path on the left side of the entrance to the centre. There were a few easy trails nearby...More

Thank travelwithting
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Reviewed March 10, 2018

This is a stunning experience like no other in Auckland and it's free. A beautiful scenic drive halfway to Piha beach the Arataki Visitor Centre sits on the side of a hilltop overlooking the Waitakere Ranges, a native New Zealand forest. The visitor centre itself...More

Thank terangi706
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Reviewed March 6, 2018

We planned to go to KareKare beach. But it was raining so we stopped over at the Arataki Visitor Center. We hanged out there for a little while and filmed a bit. Then we headed over to the beach. After we came back, we decided...More

Thank TravelsWithPhillip
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Reviewed February 17, 2018 via mobile

No idea this was here, driven past so many times and never stopped I am so glad I did............. won’t hesitate against

1  Thank Mdggnz
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Reviewed February 15, 2018

Tucked away in the Waitakere Ranges is this magnificent centre. The views are breathtaking. There are walks from the centre into the bush if you so choose. We settled for a good look at the centre, we pressed every button in sight and read every...More

1  Thank reubenmilner
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Reviewed January 22, 2018

The view is basically the mountains and facing bay west of Auckland City. You can see the airport and a little bit of Mangere. This place is educational and looks like a living museum. There are labeled trees and a deck with a supreme view....More

Thank Fernando S
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Reviewed January 13, 2018 via mobile

Popped here as part of a Scenic Wine Tour. The place is well laid out, kept very clean and provides fantastic views of the surrounding areas.

Thank Paul M
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Reviewed January 9, 2018

Great views over the south of the Waitakere's. There is a walk that heads down the hill. The inside has informative displays and a kids area. The most important is the toilets especially if you are walking in the local area.

Thank 422iana
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Reviewed December 27, 2017 via mobile

Nice views. Comfort with good toilets. 12 minute free movie of the Scenery around. Good info to start out track.

Thank youke_worldwide
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Reviewed October 21, 2017 via mobile

Beautifully built and commanding panoramic views of the Waitakere Ranges from it’s many observation decks, The Arataki Visitor Centre is a great place to start your adventures in the Waitaks. Features include a children’s play area, education facilities (including an AV room) as well a...More

1  Thank matt3477
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