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Waitakere Ranges

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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 4 days ago via mobile

This is a great day trip from Auckland as only 30/60 min drive depending on where you go as a big area. Would suggest making the visitor your first stop to find out which trails are open and get suggestions for the sort of hikes...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jasmine38Chichester
Reviewed 5 days ago

Its always a little difficult to know where to take your international guests to see a piece of NZ we are proud of. We all know Rotorua or Waiheke Island, both of which are great places, but don't overlook this spot. Easy to get to,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Luke M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just a few minutes drive up Titirangi Road and then on to Scenic Drive will allow you to experience the beauty of the Waitakere Ranges. Stop off at the Arataki Visitor Centre and learn all about its eco system. Admire the views across all of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Janice and Andy D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you’re around make sure to visit this place. Beautiful location, positive vibe and a lot to do. Even just walking up to the gallery upstairs from parking can be your guide through most of the famous trees of New Zealand. And the view... And...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Antalzoli1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you prefer the countryside to cities and are in the area this is a must. Bear in mind that roads can be narrow and windy, and the area apparently gets very busy at weekends.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Mythaluk
Reviewed 6 November 2018

We went to Arataki Visitor Centre to find out about local trails and what areas have been closed because of the Kauri dieback problem in northern New Zealand. The Centre is well-marked and has a big parking lot. You are greeted by a large Maori...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank PANC J
Reviewed 3 November 2018

At I-Site we booked the Habitat Tour that morning for an afternoon excursion. Tristan was great, showing my brother and I around, explaining the different trees and plants, and pointing out birds and identifying their calls; everything in New Zealand is so different from the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank awaw6
Reviewed 25 October 2018

Well worth spending some time (1 or 2 days) in this area of New Zealand. Whilst Piha township has not much to offer, nearby Kitekite Falls is spectacular, Mercer Bay loop walk worth the effort , Waitakere Dam is ok for a bit of exercise....More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank djb3280
Reviewed 12 October 2018

Several tacks are closed to prevent the spread of a disease that is killing our Kauri trees. If you are going to visit the area, follow the tracks and instructions to clean you foot wear. If the track is closed, stay away. The Arotake Visitor...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank iIngrid123
Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

This tour is absolutely amazing! I cannot describe the beauty of the coastline and the coast walk within this tour! The tour guide (Dave) is very knowledgable and friendly which as a solo traveller is really good! The tour is very well put together and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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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