Arataki Visitor Centre

Arataki Visitor Centre

In which the Arataki Visitor Centre gets its own post.

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The Auckland Council’s directory of regional parks  lists the Arataki Visitor Centre as a regional park.  It is more than just an exceptional visitor center, with a number of short walks of up to an hour accessible from the grounds, including several that offer views of large kauri trees.

When arriving at the visitor center you can’t miss the large Pouwhenua in front of the building.

Arataki Visitor Centre and Pouwhenua
Arataki Visitor Centre and Pouwhenua

The main entrance is on the second floor, and is accessed via long looping ramps on either side of the Pouwhenua shown above.  The ramp to the left leads past a viewing platform that offers very impressive views over parts of the Waitakere Ranges and eastern Auckland.

View of east Auckland
View of east Auckland

Inside is what amounts to a small museum.  The doors in back offer access to a raised wooden walkway through the native forest behind the visitor center with info plaques helpfully located along the way.

Arataki Visitor Centre
Arataki Visitor Centre

If you plan to visit any location within the Waitakere Ranges, it cannot hurt to drop in at the visitor center to see what helpful information they may have to offer.  It may well be right on the way to your destination.  And it may save you some serious time or trouble.  This winter they have helped me find various walks that aren’t too muddy and dangerous, for example.

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.
http://regionalparks.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/aratakivisitorcentre

I had some time on a recent visit, and decided to walk a short distance to a viewing platform above the visitor center.  It offers 360° views over the Waitakere Forest and Auckland.

East Auckland, Waitemata Harbor, CBD and Sky Tower, Rangitoto, and Hauraki Gulf
East Auckland, Waitemata Harbor, CBD and Sky Tower, Rangitoto, and Hauraki Gulf
East Auckland
East Auckland
Waitakere Forest
Waitakere Forest
East Auckland, Waitemata Harbor, CBD and Sky Tower, Rangitoto, and Hauraki Gulf
East Auckland, Waitemata Harbor, CBD and Sky Tower, Rangitoto, and Hauraki Gulf

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