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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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Wilmington, Delaware
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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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.

Thank swiftmi
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

Thank 8littlefeet
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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Aqualibra1
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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