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Arataki Visitor Centre

300 Scenic Drive | Titirangi, Waitakere City, Auckland 2004, New Zealand
+64 9-817 0077
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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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300 Scenic Drive | Titirangi, Waitakere City, Auckland 2004, New Zealand
+64 9-817 0077
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

As we only had a short time in the Auckland area, we decided to visit the Waitakere Ranges and were told to go to the Arataki Visitor Centre for information. The building contained a small screening room which showed the story of the area, inhabitants,...More

Thank James K
Reviewed 14 March 2017

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

Thank BMoniqueB
Reviewed 11 March 2017

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...More

Thank Eugene F
Reviewed 9 March 2017 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...More

Thank ameliabsmith
Reviewed 2 March 2017

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.

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 17 February 2017 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.

Thank lovestotravel013
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....More

Thank wwjd1947
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...More

Thank swiftmi
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...More

Thank 8littlefeet
outdoorwestie, Manager at Arataki Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 11 February 2017

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

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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