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Arataki Visitor Centre

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Address: 300 Scenic Drive | Titirangi, Waitakere City 0604, New Zealand
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+64 9-817 0077
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The Arataki Visitor Centre is the gateway to the Waitakere Ranges Regional...

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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A great place to take your visitors. Good balance between history and views. Also great place to view very interesting Maori sculpture

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Waitakere City, New Zealand
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Waitakere City, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great place to take your visitors. Good balance between history and views. Also great place to view very interesting Maori sculpture

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Before venturing further into the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, stop by the Arataki Visitor Centre to obtain all the relevant information that you will need to make your trip as enjoyable as possible. Not only do you get information, the view from up here is fantastic as well. There is a viewing platform which enables you to view the entire... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to the Visitor Centre the other day and had the most wonderful conversation with the park ranger working. She gave my boyfriend and I the best advice about the walks to do and to stay away from in the Waitakere Ranges. The information centre itself is very lovely with lots of great exhibits and a sweet little gift shop... More 

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Fordingbridge
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This purpose built centre, high up in the Waitakeres is definitely worth a visit. Beautiful building with native sculptures, viewing decks overlooking the bush, dams and harbour. Helpful staff along side interesting displays, art and small gift shop. Coffee and ice cream stall outside.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is a wonderful stop, with gorgeous views and walking trails. It is very child friendly with many activities to engage children. This center is housed in a lovely building and was overall educational and enjoyable.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

We were visiting Auckland from the US and made our way to the Arataki Visitor Center. This is a beautifully maintained visitor center and is free. There is a nice 12 minute film about the area and there are several viewing areas of the landscape. If you like to hike you have several choices of hikes.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

We stopped here on our way to the west coastline. The facility has nice views from their porches. Inside is a history of the area and a few small displays of animals and insects. They have an area geared to kids and of course a place to purchase a gift. Restrooms are downstairs and were clean.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

The Arataki visitors centre is easy to get to and great for kids and adults. There's free tea and coffee, a huge space with decking and bean bags and deck chairs to rest in the sun. The ranger staff are very knowledgeable about the Waitakere ranges and the tracks you can go on. Directly across the rd from the centre... More 

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outdoorwestie, Manager at Arataki Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your wonderful review. Just so people don't get confused coffee is available but costs $3. Many thanks More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

A fantastic location, with walking trails branching off. Some are quite steep and rugged, others much more gentle — so there's something for everyone. It's also a great place to have a picnic. So don't miss it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

The staff here are incredibly helpful in planning your day trip or tramp in the Waitakere Ranges. The views are stunning and the nature trail loop is beautiful. Safe secure parking if you are doing overnight tramps. Interesting information about the local area and displays of local artwork. Well worth the 40 minute drive from central Auckland. Bring a picnic... More 

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