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Arataki Visitor Centre

300 Scenic Drive | Titirangi, Waitakere City 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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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
300 Scenic Drive | Titirangi, Waitakere City 2004, New Zealand
+64 9-817 0077
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
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
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
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
Reviewed 8 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
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Just a short 30 minutes from Auckland, the Arataki Visitor Center is a great way to begin a tour of New Zealand. Great views of the Tasman Sea and super exhibits. .Very informative.

Thank Jimbo02110
Reviewed 5 May 2017

Great location to get a general introduction to the local area trails, history, etc. Coffee, souvenirs and toilets available.

Thank davejohnbiking
Reviewed 18 April 2017 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...More

Thank Rosskeir
Reviewed 17 April 2017

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...More

Thank Gary B
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
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