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“Information in the Hills” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Arataki Visitor Centre

Arataki Visitor Centre
Scenic Drive | Waitakere City, Waitakere City 2004, New Zealand
+64 (0)9 303 1530
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Auckland Highlights combined with Wilderness...
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Information in the Hills”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

situated on the Scenic Drive, high above Auckland in the Waitakere Ranges the centre on only provides information on the New Zealand flora and fauna but the views from the walkways are spectacular.

Visited January 2013
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“A must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

Brilliant service, have all the info you need on the area especially all the walks you can do. They did tell us however to have lunch at the cafe nearby called Elevation. An amazing view but the cafe was very tired looking. Food was average though and decent service. I think they possibly do well purely because they are the only ones from there to Piha.

Visited January 2013
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“Great centre and views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

We went here following a drive through the lush native forest area of the Waitakeres and both the centre and the views are magnificent. Apart from having large displays and information about the area, there is currently an exhibition of paintings related to Sir Edmund Hillary of Mt Everest fame, and commissioned by him.

Apart from external walkways and viewing points which provide panoramic views to the city of Auckland, the Manukau Harbour and a lake related to Auckland's water supply, there are extensive views of the forest from above and the centre offers a starting point for walking tracks. Nearby there is a bush railway as well.

Visited January 2013
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“Good for young ones!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Good for young ones! All get to know a lot about the environment. Animal and plant kingdoms. There bush walks and interactive displays

Visited June 2012
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“Another iconic place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

Love the views from here, looks over where I live. There is a good overview about the Ranges and a good little gift shop. The Danish icecreams are lovely too, though a bit expensive.

Visited October 2012
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