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Waitakere Ranges, Auckland
Categories: Scenic Drives, National Parks, Tourist Spots, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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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Beautiful scenic point from the visitor centre. We drove around to Betthels Beach (Black Sand beach/Surf beach) and the other scenic points and were not disapointed. Definitely consider this when in A... read more »
Even being 30 minutes from Auckland CBD it's really good to go there and breath some fresh air, have a great scenery or go for a hike. Always bring visits there, just love it! And the ice cream guy is... read more »
Great views of Auckland and the harbour from here and the visitors centre is very informative about the local flora and fauna. A lovely day trip and some great places to eat in Titirangi on the way do... read more »
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