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Arataki Visitor Centre

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Address: 300 Scenic Drive | Titirangi, Waitakere City 0604, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 9-817 0077
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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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Must see as driving Waitakere ranges.

This is a great stop while driving the Waitakere ranges. The scenery and location is breathtaking. What a view!! There is multiple spots at the centre to view and each all have... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great stop while driving the Waitakere ranges. The scenery and location is breathtaking. What a view!! There is multiple spots at the centre to view and each all have individual beautiful aspects to look at. The centre is also great and interactive for families attending with small children. Well worth the visit and grab yourself a lovely... More 

Thank Rosskeir
Broadmayne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The centre is great and very informative about the local area. The views from the platforms are stunning in all directions. We stayed overnight in the car park in our self contained camper van and were the only ones there, the views in the evening of downtown Auckland were great. It is $8 per person to stay overnight, there are... More 

Thank Gary B
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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, history, etc., very helpful staff, information on the wildlife, brochures and an outside area with... More 

Thank James K
Waitakere City, New Zealand
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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
Melbourne, Australia
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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 fantastic as well. There is a viewing platform which enables you to view the entire... More 

Thank Eugene F
Dallas, Texas
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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 itself is very lovely with lots of great exhibits and a sweet little gift shop... More 

Thank ameliabsmith
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Reviewed 1 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
Wilmington, Delaware
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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.

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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.

Thank wwjd1947
Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 15 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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