The Waitakere Ranges Regional Park is home to some of Auckland’s most visited natural treasures. Explore the lush native rainforest, scenic coastline and windswept black-sand beaches. Waitakere Ranges walks are the best way to experience the area’s beauty and there’s a huge range of other activities on offer.
Discover more than 16,000 hectares of lush rainforest and sweeping coastline. Walk through the forest’s thriving native flora and fauna and stop for a spot of birdwatching.
Stretch your legs
Explore over 250 kilometres of walking tracks, from short, easy walks to the famous four-day Hillary Trail tramp. Walk beneath the beautiful tree canopy past tranquil streams and gushing waterfalls
Find the falls
Discover the rainforest’s magical waterfalls. Kitekite Falls, Fairy Falls and Karekare Falls are spectacular sights you don’t want to miss. The Kitekite Track is a great short walk that’s suitable for the whole family.
Be wowed by the beaches
Travel through the Waitakere Ranges to Auckland’s wild west coast beaches. Drive or walk to Piha Beach or Karekare Beach and watch the pounding surf crash on the smooth black sand.
Find out more
Stop in at Arataki Visitor Centre to pick up information brochures and detailed rainforest walking maps. Take in the spectacular views across the forest back towards Auckland’s city skyline.
Discover a flourishing subtropical rainforest just 40 minutes from the city.
The Waitakere Ranges are a playground for outdoor enthusiasts, with surfing, swimming, fishing, walking, picnicking and camping. For the more adventurous there’s mountain biking, canyoning and quad biking too.
Stop off at Titirangi village, the gateway to the regional park, for great Kiwi art, markets and a coffee at a local café.