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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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Fantastic free slice of nature for families

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... read more

Reviewed 8 February 2017
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Reviewed 8 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 ranges and the tracks you can go on. Directly across the rd from the centre... More 

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outdoorwestie, Manager at Arataki Visitor Centre, responded to this review

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

Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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!

1 Thank David C
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Reviewed 10 January 2017

The staff here are incredibly helpful in planning your day trip or tramp in the Waitakere Ranges. The views are stunning and the nature trail loop is beautiful. Safe secure parking if you are doing overnight tramps. Interesting information about the local area and displays of local artwork. Well worth the 40 minute drive from central Auckland. Bring a picnic... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Arataki visitor centre is one of the best visitor centres I have ever been to! So many interactive learning experiences available at the centre ! A great place for kids and families ! Stunning views too! There are different trails catering for people of various fitness levels ! Highly recommended!

1 Thank Jessieterry2010
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

The 11m high Maori post at the front of the Visitor Centre is one of the largest of its kind in NZ. It gives the Centre a very outstanding looking. Upstairs is where all the resources are: knowledgeable staff, information brochures, art gallery, kid's corner, viewing deck, and even coffee machine . AV room downstair provides a free 12 minutes... More 

Thank LilyChak
Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

We popped in here because we saw the sign for danish ice creams! Firstly the ice creams were delicious and the gentleman serving them even took our photo in the frame next to his stall (good customer service!) Then we went into the AV room and watched the 12 min video on the Waitakere's. What a great short clip showcasing... More 

Thank Daneka_NZ
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Reviewed 7 December 2016

The views over the two harbours from Arataki are amazing. I would definitely recommend coming here for the view. There are also some fun activites for the wee ones insdie the Visitor Centre. If you are up for a walk, I would recommend the walk across the road. There are some impressive Kauris and views over the city. It's well... More 

Thank Tennille S
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Reviewed 24 November 2016

Stunning 360 degree panoramic views, clean, modern, informative, great friendly staff. Small gift shop and ice cream stand too. Great history lessons and gifts too (local). The views and walks are what got me, simply stunning in every way. Here, you can see both sides of New Zealand in one place at one time. Quite cool that way. As someone... More 

Thank finesilver
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Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

A great place to visit to get a look into west Auckland walks views and history. You can easily spend 40 mins here and even go on a short or long walk from here or just enjoy the great views while enjoying a yummy danish icecream which is always a favourite with the kids There is a separate area for... More 

Thank Peter C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

I took a walk from Titirangi along the Expedition track and Beveridge Trail to Arataki. The centre is an impressive construction with amazing views over the forest canopy towards Manukau Bay. The displays are well put together: not so much information as to overwhelm, and the downstairs film gives a great introduction to the Waitakerie Range. The plant trail is... More 

Thank AlDaMo

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