Lush native rainforest, rugged coastline and windswept, black-sand beaches.


Explore over 250 kilometres of walking tracks, from short, easy walks to the famous four-day Hillary Trail tramp. Discover the rainforest’s magical waterfalls – Kitekite Falls, Fairy Falls and Karekare Falls. For a short walk that’s suitable for the whole family, try the Kitekite Track. 

As tranquil as the Waitakere Ranges area is, it’s also one big playground, with surfing, swimming, fishing, walking, picnicking and camping. For the more adventurous there’s mountain biking, quad biking and even canyoning.

On your way in, stop at the Arataki Visitor Centre for brochures and detailed walking maps, and take in the spectacular views across the forest back towards Auckland’s city skyline. Start or finish your day with a stroll through Titirangi village, the gateway to the regional park, for great local cafés and Kiwi art.

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