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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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.
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.