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This scenic drive takes you past bush scenery, to observation points for spectacular views and to gorgeous beaches.
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Arataki Visitor Centre | 300 Scenic Drive, Titirangi, Auckland Central, Auckland 0604, New Zealand
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+64 9-817 0089
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Wow! The Waitakere ranges were beautiful, we spent 4 hours hiking around the range, with multiple walks it was the perfect place to visit for the day!

Thank Katie S
Reviewed 1 week ago

The ranges are beautiful but it is important to know that because of kauri dieback, most trails are now closed and could be closed for the next 50 years. The Arataki visitor centre says that the 250km of trails have now been reduced to 20km,...More

Thank Neal C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Arataki Visitors centre is a must first stop! Very interesting and informative exhibitions inside. They also have some great viewing areas outside (getting a photo with the giant picture frame is a must do as well). The staff are lovely and will help anyway...More

Thank nh993
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Arataki visitors centre is wonderful. It has an amazing view out over the Manukau and the Ranges. They have exhibitions to view and information about creatures that live in the area. Sadly now that many of the tracks have been closed because of Kauri...More

Thank Glenda N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

nice views. interesting shop with souvenirs. good track for walking. recommended to try ice-cream there :)

Thank Anastasya D
Reviewed 14 June 2018

Piha beach is beautiful and a must visit. We tried surfing lessons there and loved every moment of it. Even the drive from auckland is pretty scenic among the mountain ranges.

Thank Tridip C
Reviewed 1 June 2018

Great visitors centre, with awesome views of the immediate area. Launching point for a wide range of walks of as long as you want to make them.

Thank DavidCoyle69
Reviewed 30 May 2018

Nice short trip, allow half a day. Nice walks in the forest and great waterfalls with good views. Beach nearby.

Thank keith b
Reviewed 7 May 2018 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 lisstravelsalot
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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gaojing
20 March 2018|
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Response from johnmI9975NB | Reviewed this property |
It's pretty hilly so a sling or backpack type of baby carrier would give you a good exercise routine. The heavier, the more training you'll get :-)
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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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