Nestled in the heart of the Waitakere Ranges, Arataki Visitor Centre is a fantastic place for locals and visitors alike to learn all about Auckland's rainforest and the natural fauna and flora that live within the Auckland regional park. There are rangers on-site to answer questions and a view that stretches across the wide isthmus of the majestic Manukau Harbour.

If you are planning on taking a tramp through the Waitakere Ranges or looking for fun and free things to do in Auckland during the weekend then this well-known information centre should be your first port of call. Plus, there's a great gentle family walking track just across the road that leads you down into a natural grove of native plants. Get amongst it!

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It’s wonderful great views. And the children love it. We are going to the bee thing that’s on in the school holidays. :-)

Cool events happening when it comes to nature awareness! Love it!

Comment by Kylie B.
I love Arataki Park Visitor Centre too - such a cool way to experience nature.

Great place to go for a walk! Amazing view of the Waitakere Ranges!

An awesome place to get a sense of perspective, start a walk, glimpse the panorama of the Waitakeres and recharge your city batteries.

Took the kids up there the other day after personal not visiting the center in AGES and was pleasantly surprised that they have done it up really nicely. Both the kids, my partner and I had a ball reading the info, doing the puzzles, playing with the puppets, and checking out the awesome views over the Waitakere Ranges. Afterwards we enjoyed a great walk.

Surround yourself in beautiful greenery and learn the interesting animals that resides in them.

beautiful walks, great ideas for tracks through the Waitakeres - kids love learning about dams, pests and survival

Great views, tasty food!

You'll experience breathtaking views of the Waitakere Ranges. The visitor centre is full of useful information should you want to learn more.

If you're out this way, the Arataki Visitors Centre is well worth a stop.  It's a great place to get up-to-date information on all the walks in the area.  Especially handy if you're going for a walk with kids and want to check on what the tracks are like at any given time (eg if they're muddy etc).  We had trouble actually tearing our kids away from here to go on a bush walk.  There's a nice little kids area with toys etc.  The deck area around the building is lovely with beautiful views.  The public toilets were clean and handy, given that we weren't going to be near any for a while.  On the sunny day we were there, they even had an ice cream and coffee cart in the car park.  They were doing a roaring trade.

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