We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Very helpful!”

Arataki Visitor Centre
Book In Advance
More Info
$205.66*
and up
Waitakere Ranges Guided Walk from Auckland
More Info
$122.00*
and up
Half-Day Wild West Coast Tour including Lunch from Auckland
More Info
$83.66*
and up
Full-Day Piha and Waitakere Eco-Tour Including Lunch from Auckland
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Arataki Visitor Centre is the gateway to the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, with more than 16,000 hectares of native rainforest and coastline. It's 250km of walking and tramping tracks provide access to beaches, breathtaking views, and spectacular rocky outcrops, including the Hillary Trail, black sand beaches, waterfalls and giant kauri trees. The Park Rangers here will help you make the most of your visit. They know the latest track and weather conditions and the directions to the best places in the Park. If you are staying in the Park overnight, ask for the best camping & campervan sites.
Reviewed November 1, 2013

I stopped in to get some info about walks in the area and the staff were brilliant! They were very friendly and helpful, in the end I did not do the walk I thought I would as they recommended a different trail that would be better considering the weather, and it was a great walk! I would say to anyone visiting the area to drop in to the centre first, they can help make sure you walk a nice track, that is safe so you wont get lost, and has good views and wildlife.

1  Thank Tessa H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (172)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

105 - 109 of 172 reviews

Reviewed September 30, 2013

This place is possibly the best info centre stop. It has the best location which has stunning views of the surrounding area, lots of information available, knowledgeable staff and best of all its all FREE. Anyone who doesn't give this place a 5 star rating has unreasonable level of expectation.

1  Thank ElevationCafe
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 15, 2013

this was a pleasant short stop to use the toilets & have a look at the informative display in the visitors centre.
A bonus was the very good 360 degree lookout just a 5 minutes walk from the centre & the treetops boardwalk lookout towards the west behind the centre.
there are maps for everything & very healpfull staff inside.

1  Thank kimba38
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 7, 2013

I took a small class of students there. It was educational and a great opportunity to see some native New Zealand trees and birds in the park. There are loads of bush walks to choose from, but don't forget to book if you take a big group there.

Thank Hana D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Great place for information and maps of where to go for the best hikes and views. We told the staff we were looking for a couple of short hikes and the worker gave us 4 different short hikes which were completely different and gave us a good overview of the area. There is no cost to visit here and there is a small display about history, flora/fauna, and rest rooms.

1  Thank Joshua B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Arataki Visitor Centre also viewed

Auckland Central, Auckland
 
Waitakere City, Auckland
 

Been to Arataki Visitor Centre? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing