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Address: Arataki Visitor Centre | 300 Scenic Drive, Titirangi, Auckland 0604, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 9-817 0089
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This scenic drive takes you past bush scenery, to observation points for...

This scenic drive takes you past bush scenery, to observation points for spectacular views and to gorgeous beaches.

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Waitakere Ranges Guided Walk from Auckland

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A hidden jewel, off the beaten path

The Ranges aren't the most advertised attraction in the Auckland area, but if you want to explore the beauty of The North Island, they are with the effort. Bring your hiking... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Ranges aren't the most advertised attraction in the Auckland area, but if you want to explore the beauty of The North Island, they are with the effort. Bring your hiking boots and be prepared to see miles of gorgeous scenery and landscapes as you commune with nature. The Ranges run the gamut from rainforests to rolling hills, waterfalls and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This place is well known and has a great visitor center (Arataki). There is a mild 15 minute hike which takes you to a view point platform that lets you see both sides of New Zealand, with Auckland clearly in view also. Part of this view is seeing the Waitakere Ranges which span out from the platform. I even took... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited in November when all was a lovely green carpet. The view from the Visitor Centre was well worth the stop on our tour of the area. If one enjoys scenic views, this is a must.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely beautiful views, fascinating walks, New Zealand flora and fauna galore and stirring drives along bush lined roads. Well worth a visit!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I didn't go into the visitor centre as it was too early in the day but still got to see the amazing views and took the obligatory photo through the picture frame. Worth a visit while on a day trip from Auckland.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a great introduction to NZ as there are 360 degree views frm here. Nice stop on the way to Piha Beach and tells you all about the black sand, history of the area and something of the wildlife.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Driving through neighborhoods made it very hard to believe we were going to see rainforests, but we were very pleased with the hiking path and the visitor center and loved being immersed in plant life. Then we went to Piha Beach on the Tasman sea and it was incredible-wild and windy, black sand very rural vibe.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing views, friendly staff, interactive and informative display on creepy crawlies and other cool things in the area. Lots of great advice on appropriate walks for every group and plenty of free brochures to complement the more details bought maps. Short video playing of the ranges from the air well worth the viewing. Toilets lovely and clean and plentiful as... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can see a lot of work has gone into this place to incorporate the nature and culture of NZ. Plenty of parking and great for school groups. Excellent views

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our daughter took us here just before we flew home. A real crown jewel on the island. The visitors centre and walks were for all abiilties.

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