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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
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"waitakere ranges"
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"scenic drive"
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"nature trail"
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"interesting displays"
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"info centre"
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"forest canopy"
in 3 reviews
"small gift shop"
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"informative place"
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"small cinema"
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"overseas visitors"
in 8 reviews
"photo ops"
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"walking track"
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"awe inspiring"
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"new zealand"
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"great information"
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"kids area"
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"auckland city"
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Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

Beautifully built and commanding panoramic views of the Waitakere Ranges from it’s many observation decks, The Arataki Visitor Centre is a great place to start your adventures in the Waitaks. Features include a children’s play area, education facilities (including an AV room) as well a...More

1  Thank matt3477
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Reviewed 20 October 2017

Loved this visitor center and the nature trails at it's location! The views were amazing with well maintained trails. The staff inside the center go above and beyond to answer any questions you might have. Make the effort to get to this beautiful site!

Thank Ranger145
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Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

The staff at this visitor centre was very helpful and friendly. Great views and photo ops outside. Definitely worth checking in before taking any hikes in the area (and there are some nice easy hikes directly starting here).

Thank meggyk939
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Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

We only visited this information centre because the road to piha beach was closed. It was one of our best decisions! It's a beautiful multi purpose centre where both children and adults could have lots of fun. The staff there were really friendly. There are...More

Thank Jane Z
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Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

This us our local must go to place for a wonderful easy going nature walk at Arataki which is a pleasant 6km drive from the small village called Titirangi.. and the gateway to the Waitakere Ranges in Auckland. The Nature Trail at Arataki starts by...More

Thank stephenf71
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Reviewed 10 August 2017

Arataki Visitor Centre is the best place to go for up to date information about the tracks in the Waitakere Ranges. The rangers are always friendly and helpful & know a lot about their area. A lot of information is available here. Just on the...More

Thank UppsalaGal
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

I found the Arataki Visitor Centre fascinating and my overseas visitors delighted in the recording of the native bird sounds and history. Staff were very obliging when purchases were made at the counter. There is also a walk in the bush nearby which is quite...More

Thank kathyon
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Reviewed 9 June 2017

This place is absolutely lovely, lots to do here from sight seeing to rock hunting! There is also lots of useful information available.

Thank dandyash
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Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

Very family friendly , arataki visitor centre has a little museum type area as well information on the various trails/ treks you can do. Just before the entrance, on the left you will find one of 10 golden frames, this are situated in different parts...More

Thank Paul R
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Reviewed 9 May 2017

Nicely laid out visitor centre with the usual coffee, toilets and gifts. Good information on the local area and hiking trails. A bit of history on the area and the people. Unexpected information relative to movies and filming in the local area.

Thank David J
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