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This scenic drive takes you past bush scenery, to observation points for spectacular views and to gorgeous beaches.
Arataki Visitor Centre | 300 Scenic Drive, Titirangi, Auckland Central, Auckland 0604, New Zealand
+64 9-892 4789
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 14 October 2004

Just minutes northwest of Auckland's harbor, the Waitakere range is a great place to spend a relaxing day out of the city. Good road, well marked, super trails, a very good visitor center, splendid views in all directions! It is a wonderful area in which...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 31 August 2011

Fairy falls is accessable from Scenic Drive, between the Piha beach and the Bethells beach turn off, it is well signposted and has a small car park by the road. The path down to the falls is well maintained and has steps in the steep...More

4  Thank Paul_n_Cris
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Reviewed 27 January 2012

See that frame - that's at the Arataki VIsitors Centre.... walk the Waitakeres, breath the air... well worth the journey out of Auckland

Thank intrepidtraveller004
Reviewed 26 January 2012

What a fantastice area for hiking out in the protected bush.

Thank monty339
Reviewed 23 January 2012

climbing through bush clad hills to get to the top with views of Auckland and its surrounds, very pretty

Thank lulu1106
Reviewed 23 January 2012

Very close to Auckland city, a place to have a bushwalk and unwind, smell nature and enjoy the bush. Can also be enjoyed on your way to Piha Beach.

Thank TVAdelaide
Reviewed 22 January 2012

The bush, the birds, the waterfalls and the sea or city views. good to walk, run, bike etc...

Thank dromerauxantipodes
Reviewed 22 January 2012

From the end of Glenesk Road, Piha ( turn right at the bottom of Piha Road hill)Take the kitekite waterfall track which runs for about half an our beside bubbling stream to a beautiful waterfall and waterhole or a walk on the beach exhilerating -...More

Thank onebushbabe
Reviewed 20 January 2012

I have spent many, many hours hiking through parts of the Waitakere Ranges over a lot of years. Wonderful stands of Kauri's, and other native trees with lots of birdlife. If you like hiking well worth taking the time out to explore. Anything from 30...More

Thank Christine5203
Reviewed 8 January 2012

What a fantastic place, walking, hiking or climbing superb

Thank Divejet
Reviewed 8 January 2012

For those not able to get out into the Real NZ Wilderness, this at least gives you a taste. Hike for a couple of hours or even overnight, and don't miss the awesome west coast beaches as well.

Thank sodafin
Reviewed 6 January 2012

The Waitakere ranges covers a big are, in includes bush, beach mountains. Start at the visitors centre, for great views, try Piha, for a black sand surf beach. The Huia area, for amazing clean and quiet beaches. Stop at Titirangi for a coffee or snack...More

Thank Leslie D
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26 October 2018|
Response from DavidCoyle69 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure with Kauri Dieback Rahui and haven’t been out for a while.
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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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