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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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  • This is a great place to stop and explore. There are some child friendly spaces, and a little gift shop at the visitor centre. Clean toilets downstairs in the visitor centre. I also loved the geckos. 
  • We started with the Arataki visitor centre where there is a breathtaking view of the Auckland area and Tasman Sea. The visitor centre has a lot of info about the area and a shop with quality items. A ...  more »
  • The Ranges aren't the most advertised attraction in the Auckland area, but if you want to explore the beauty of The North Island, they are with the effort. Bring your hiking boots and be prepared to s...  more »