Arataki Visitor Center Tours

Sandwiched between the city of Auckland and the westward-facing beaches, the Waitakere Ranges are forested hills which separate the beach from the city. These hills provide a forested escape from the urban bustle of Auckland, and the best place to begin such a journey is at the popular Arataki Visitor Center.

Located 30 minutes west of downtown Auckland, the Arataki Visitor Center is the official gateway to the surrounding Waitakere Ranges. Not only does this informative stop offer views looking east towards Auckland, but there are numerous bushwalks which depart from the center and explore the surrounding forest.  Stare in wonder at towering kauri trees which explode from Earth towards sky, and soak in the simplicity of getting back to nature despite being so close to Auckland.

Inside the center itself, visitors can peruse the informative placards to learn about the region’s history, and various displays also discuss the park’s unique flora and fauna. This is also the stop to get the latest trail info as well as inquire about backcountry camping. From here, it’s only a short drive to the wonders of the park from waterfalls and trails to the fog-lined coast.

The center itself is set conveniently on the side of aptly-named Scenic Drive, and the Arataki Visitor Center is a must-stop destination for anyone exploring Waitakere.
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Address: 300 Scenic Dr, Oratia, New Zealand
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Hours: Daylight savings (Summer): 5am-9pm; Non daylight savings (Winter): 5am-6pm.
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Half-Day Wild West Coast Tour including Lunch from Auckland

See epic views of the North Island’s coastline on this 5-hour tour to the Waitakere Ranges, led by a professional photographer with a passion for the outdoors and knowledge of local history. Stop by the Arataki Visitor Centre to view the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea, stroll the black-sand Piha Beach, see 1,000-year-old kauri trees in a pristine rainforest and swim at Karekare waterfall. Lunch and round-trip transport included.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Full-Day Wild West Coast Photo and Discovery Tour including Lunch from Auckland

Photograph your way around Auckland's rugged West Coast during this full-day tour. With a professional photographer guide, visit the coastline's black sand beaches, like Karekare and Piha. Trek through rainforests filled with 1000-year-old Kauri trees. Get as much photographic advice as you like, and listen to commentary about the area's ecology, culture and history. Lunch and round-trip transportation from Auckland are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Tour of Piha and KiteKite Falls from Auckland

Escape the city for a customized day among West Auckland’s spectacular natural playgrounds with a private tour to Piha Beach and KiteKite Falls. Learn about area history at the unique Arataki Visitor Centre, and then enjoy a flexible itinerary swimming or surfing at black-sand Piha and exploring the many Waitakere Ranges walking tracks that wind along waterfalls and sea cliffs.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Auckland Highlights combined with Wilderness Experience Eco-Tour

Experience the highlights of Auckland on a city sightseeing tour in the morning combined with an afternoon wilderness experience in Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. Learn how Aucklanders live and play as you explore the City of Sails with an informative guide. Then discover native flora and fauna on a beach stroll and forest walk, including a glimpse of the North Island’s giant kauri trees.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Auckland City and West Coast Tour

Stroll the black-sand shoreline of Piha Beach and sample award-winning wines at top local vineyards during this day trip from Auckland. Spend time at the Arataki Visitor Centre and photograph the sentinel of Lion Rock in the Waitakere Ranges Regional Parkland, which boasts stunning harbor views. Your knowledgeable guide accompanies you to lunch at a cafe, followed by wine tasting.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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West Coast Gannet Colony and Wine Tour from Auckland

Experience a two-in-one day tour of Auckland’s west coast black sand beaches and gannet colonies, as well as a vineyard tour. This coast is rugged and hilly, with pounding surf and winding roads. Focus on the views and the spectacular nature of the region rather than navigating the roads or worrying about who will be designated driver by joining a guided tour.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Piha and Karekare Rainforest Wine Tour from Auckland

Volcanic beaches, native rain forest and vineyards abound on this full-day tour of West Auckland. Begin with a wine tasting in Henderson Valley, then continue to the Waitakere Ranges, where more than 40,000 acres (16,000 hectares) of coastline and forest await you. Get elevated views of the reserve from the Arataki visitor center, explore the black-sand beaches of Piha and Karekare, and get close to the Karekare waterfalls. Then, enjoy an included lunch before finishing your tour with wine tastings at West Brook Wines and Kumeu River Wines.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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Full-Day Piha and Waitakere Ecotour from Auckland

Escape the concrete jungle of Auckland for a natural adventure along the North Island’s west coast during this 6-hour trip to Piha and Waitakere. Explore this eco-region’s wealth of rugged sea cliffs, black-sand beaches, towering ‘Kauri’ trees and gushing waterfalls, learning about local Maori traditions and native wildlife along the way.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Waitakere Ranges Guided Walk from Auckland

Visit the Waitakere Ranges on an easy day trip from Auckland, including a 4- to 5-hour guided forest walk among New Zealand’s ancient kauri trees to a hidden waterfall and cliffs, black sand beaches and native sub-tropical rainforest. The vast stretch of rocky outcrops and western coastline belonging to the Waitakere Ranges Regional Parkland lies only 40 minutes outside the city. See views of Manukau Harbour and amble along the shoreline of a black-sand beach overlooking the Tasman Sea, then refuel with a picnic lunch.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Full-Day Piha and Waitakere Eco-Tour with Surf Lesson from Auckland

Explore Piha, the West Coast, and the Waitakere Ranges on a tour that includes a surf lesson at a famous New Zealand surf destination. Only 30 minutes drive from Auckland, discover subtropical wilderness, tall waterfalls, panoramic views of the city and Waitakere Ranges, and Maori culture at the Arataki Visitor Centre, and then learn to surf at Piha beach with an expert instructor.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Auckland City and West Coast Full-Day Tour

Discover the best of urban and rural New Zealand on this full-day Auckland city and West Coast tour. Travel by luxury vehicle through attractive districts such as Devonport, Titirangi, and Tamaki Drive, and admire colonial homes in Parnell. Check out views over the Waitakere Ranges and explore black sand beaches and dense rainforests, where pohutukawa trees thrive. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Piha Beach and Rainforest Day Tour

Travel with a small group on a guided tour to Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, including a rainforest walk and a stroll on Piha Beach. This day trip heads west from Auckland with a stop at the Arataki Visitor Centre for harbor views. Dig your toes into the black-sand beach pounded by large surf and walk to a cascading waterfall for a swim. Your knowledgeable guide points out native flora and birdlife along the way.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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