Regional parks

Remember to be a tidy Kiwi this summer

All our regional parks are rubbish free. Whether you call it rubbish, trash or garbage, please bag it all up and recycle it or throw it away when you return home.

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About Arataki Visitor Centre

For a map of the park, click here.

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.

The Park Rangers here will help you make the most of your visit.  They know the latest track and weather conditions and the directions to the best places in the Park.  If you are staying in the Park overnight, ask for the best camping & campervan sites.


Please remember:
  • Keep to the tracks and clean your footwear at every trackside cleaning station to help prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease
  • Don’t remove plants.  Even leaf litter is home to forest creatures.
  • Take your rubbish home with you
  • No solid fuel fires
  • No roadside (freedom) camping

Arataki Visitor Centre opening hours
1st May - 31 Aug 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday
  9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
1st Sept - 30 April 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Everyday, except Christmas day
  9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

For dog walking (with restrictions) information across regional parks, click here.

Opening hours

Pedestrian access: Open 24 hours
Summer gate opening hours:
6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Daylight savings)
Winter gate opening hours:
6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Non daylight savings)
Distance from CBD: 25 km
Physical address: 300 Scenic Drive, Titirangi

How to get to Arataki Visitor Centre

The visitor centre is at 300 Scenic Drive, 6km from Titirangi. From Auckland City, take State Highway 16 (north western motorway) and head west. Take Exit 2 onto Great North Road and follow signs to Titirangi. Drive through Titirangi Village and at the roundabout, take the Scenic Drive exit. Continue for 6km and the visitor centre is on the left.

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Maps

Park facilities

SCC campgrounds and designated parking areas
SCC campgrounds and designated parking areas Arataki SCC parking area
Cellphone coverage
Cellphone coverage
Free WiFi
Free WiFi

Free WiFi available at Arataki Visitor Centre.

Interpretation
Interpretation
Mobility access (partial)
Mobility access (partial)

The Waitakere Ranges are renowned for their natural beauty. There is limited mobililty access at Waitakere Ranges Regional Park.

Native bush
Native bush
Notice board
Notice board
Parking
Parking

There are 40 spaces available in the main car park, 18 in the depot and 9 in the Parkinsons Road area.

Picnic tables
Picnic tables
Potable water
Potable water
Ranger contact phone
Ranger contact phone
Sealed access road
Sealed access road
Security gates
Security gates
Security surveillance
Security surveillance
Shelter
Shelter
Toilet block
Toilet block
Visitor centre
Visitor centre

Arataki Visitor Centre

Park activities

Tracks