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Waitakere Ranges, Auckland

(4.9/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
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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  • I wanted to see the major attractions in 1 afternoon,and the staff here gave me lots of advice and maps so I could. I saw the black sands,the kauri trees,the forest walks,the cascade falls 
  • Definitely take a day trip here and go for an amazing walk in the ranges. The info centre is also top class. 
  • This area of native bush is only 30 minutes away from the City suburbs. A choice of well over 100 tracks are available to explore, as most link up with each other. For the really keen try the Hillary ...  more »