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Waitakere Ranges, Auckland

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Scenic Drive National Park
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. Take a look at our Auckland tourist route planner to schedule your visit to Waitakere Ranges and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • After a meeting in Auckland a colleague suggested to go here - and I enjoyed a whole day of hiking, the views, but also the (last part of the) drive there. If you have half a day to a day, go here and...  more »
  • Myself and my partner thoroughly enjoy hiking and as recent expats to Auckland, we wanted to explore some local hikes. We parked at the end of Falls Road and got ready to start. My best recommendation...  more »
  • The waitakere ranges offer fantastic hiking opportunity with breathtaking views. It offers different levels of fitness so check walks in this area for your fitness level and enjoy what we have to offe...  more »