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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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Reviewed 2 days ago

If you are a nature lover, this is the place to be. You can be on trails that take days to hours. Please keep your rubbish with you and do not litter.

Thank CastelloPikkard
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are in the area, this is a definite stop. Would suggest staying at the Waitakere Resort while there. Rooms are spacious with nice view over the valley to Auckland. Meals are super and deserts are to die for. The park is just a...More

Thank kcnc2
Reviewed 12 August 2018

love walking all the different trails with my boyfriend and taking the family for overseas show forna and fauna.

Thank well5
Reviewed 8 August 2018

We hiked 3hrs around the loop track and seen some amazing sites including some falls. Stop and take a picture in the famous frame.

1  Thank Adam E
Reviewed 6 August 2018

The ranges were the last place i visited whilst in NZ and the phrase of saving the best till last certainly applied her as it was a fantastic place too visit with excellent views and i would say is a must visit place if you...More

Thank Simon D
Reviewed 23 July 2018

This is only 15 km from where I live and I have been there many times. At the front is a wooden Maori warrior and inside are mementos of the kauri logging that used to occur in the past. There is a good view down...More

1  Thank David L
Reviewed 17 July 2018

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 12 July 2018

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

2  Thank Neal C
Reviewed 8 July 2018

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

3  Thank nh993
Reviewed 24 June 2018

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
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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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