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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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  • Worth to visit, and great for a half day walk. Suitable for all ages (well the short walks) I done one of the long ones (2 and half hours return) and it can be stepy or even slippery, so depending of ...  more »
  • If it wasn't for a few trees in the way we could see the Arataki Visitors Centre, at the top of the Waitakere Rangers, from our own house on the beach 5km away. We always take overseas visitors to Ara...  more »
  • A very picturesque drive to Piha beach. The visitor centre offers lovely views and a taste of the bushland and forest trees and shrubs in the area. Some nice walks fom there of varying time and length...  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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