Waitakere Ranges, Auckland Central

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#1 of 8 in Scenic Drive in North Island
One of the nation's greatest natural treasures, Waitakere Ranges encompass more than 16,000 hectares (39,537 acres) of native forest and sweeping coastline. The diverse and rich landscape offers a wide choice of activities, from bird-watching to surfing off one its famous black-sand beaches. It's easy to explore this breathtaking region: simply set off on a portion of its 250 km (155 mi) of walking and hiking trails, or cruise the aptly named Scenic Drive. If you decide to go swimming off the coast, be aware of dangerous riptides and large swells. An information center with brochures and detailed walking maps can be found near the Titirangi end of the ranges. Find out how to plan Auckland Central trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • October 4, 2017
    Only a short drive from Auckland gets you to the Arataki Visitor Centre and it magic views. Very friendly staff at the centre who will show you the special display set up of the locations used for fil...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    This side of Auckland, 20 km far from the city centre, is interesting. Go with a tour. I did with Bush and Beach, very good. Devious paths, pretty cool, by woods and forests, mountains, trails, waterfalls to the famous Piha surf beach, which is located in the Tasman Sea.
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  • October 2, 2017
    This is a MUST DO attraction for any visitor to New Zealand. The views over the valley are amazing. There are a number of information stations that give a rich history and understanding of NZ.  more »

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As a modern and cosmopolitan city, Auckland benefits from a range of accommodations. From downtown luxury and boutique hotels to suburban bed and breakfasts, motels, and campsites, visitors of all persuasions and budgets can find something to suit them. A cluster of accommodations around the airport make convenient stops for those traveling late, while the popular harbor area offers rooms with a nice view. RV parks on the edge of town make a great basecamp for getting out into the surrounding landscape.
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