Waitakere RangesCurrently Open
- Address: Waitakere Ranges, Piha 0772, New Zealand, Auckland
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 07:00 Hrs
- Tags: Outdoors, Waterfall, Family And Kids, Adventure, Nature
Waitakere Ranges - Review
Located 25 kilometre away from Auckland, the Waitakere Ranges touches an elevation of 1555 feet and offers a breath-takingview of the coastline of New Zealand. The range is nothing short of an adventure with major surf beaches, waterfalls, reserves, parks, flora and fauna- that come together to offer the heart of New Zealand.
- Lion Rock at Piha
- Black Sand beaches near Taranaki
- TeHenga (Bethells Beach)
- Kitekite track that include scenic waterfall, pools and streams and need about 45 minutes to explore.
If you are driving, take a ride from Titrangi to Swanson.
Waitakere Ranges Information
- Carry bottled drinking water and snacks.
- Do wear sturdy shoes for the hike.
- Wearing sunscreen will be helpful.
- You can start your visit from Arataki Visitor Centre where you can take track maps and enjoy the panoramic views.
- Do rent a Car to make the most of the trip or opt for a trip by a local tour organiser if you don’t want to explore the place individually.
Waitakere Ranges Ticket Prices
- Admission to the place is Free.
Waitakere Ranges Opening and Closing Hours
Timings of Arataki Visitor Centre:
1st May to 31st August:
- Monday - Friday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
- Saturday & Sunday: 9.00 am – 5:00 pm
1st September to 30th April:
- Monday - Friday: 9.00 am – 5:00 pm
- Saturday & Sunday: 9.00 am – 5:00 pm
Pedestrian access to the center is open 24 hours.
How To reach Waitakere Ranges by Public Transport
- By Bus: Woodlands Park Rd and Manuka (located 12 kilometers away)
- By Taxi
- By renting a Car.
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Things to Know Before Visiting Waitakere Ranges
39.91% of people who visit Auckland include Waitakere Ranges in their plan
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53.32% of people start their Waitakere Ranges visit around 07 AM - 08 AM
People usually take around 7 Hrs to see Waitakere Ranges
92.42% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Waitakere Ranges
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Waitakere Ranges, Auckland Reviews
Beautiful walk to the Nihotupu Damn is still open.
Waitakere ranges are one of the 2 mountain ranges Auckland has; this is a small walk off the Piha road to Upper Huia Reservoir which is 45 mins each way ; would recommend for evening walks
This was for the Nihotupu Dam walk. 10-15 mins in, its downhill but flat all the way to Dam itself. If venturing further it leads to a rest stop barbecue area (not very scenic as bushes are over grown) and further down to bottom of Dam where its a steep step climb to top of Dam - (For the serious walkers). However, going to the dam itself is fairly easy
We almost didn't make the journey after reading the angry review before this one, but thank goodness we did! Not sure exactly who the last reviewer talked to, but the people we encountered at the Arataki Visitor Centre (a good place to start if you need maps / advice) were nothing but kind and helpful. While it's true some parts of the Park are temporarily closed to protect against Kauri dieback disease, there are still plenty of places to explore. Based on the suggestions of the Visitor Center guide, we started off with the 1 hour loop Nature Walk trail, accessed from the parking lot of the Visitor Center, to see a grove of Kauri trees. From there we drove 20 minutes to the Piha region and did the 1 hour Mercer Bay Loop Walk for AMAZING cliff views! Next stop Piha beach - after grabbing a delicious sandwich, wrap, and cake from the Piha Store - where we climbed up Lion Rock for the spectacular panaromic views. Last stop, a five minute drive to the Kitekite Falls - another 1 hour hike to a beautiful waterfall. Kauri trees, cliff views, beautiful beaches, and waterfalls - there is still plenty to see. Don't let the last review dissuade you from visiting this beautiful area!!!
Great place for hiking and picnic with family.