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.
Following the decision by the Environment and Community Committee to close a number of tracks and implement a further programme of high and medium risk track closures, staff and rangers have been working hard to identify more tracks for closure.
A rāhui has been placed over the Waitākere Ranges by iwi Te Kawerau a Maki. This cultural restriction by the mana whenua of the area urges people to stay away from the ranges to allow the forest to heal. The council supports the principles of the rāhui and recommends alternative walking and tramping tracks across the Auckland region.
The list below includes additional tracks identified since the committee meeting on 5 December.
Long-term closures are in place for the following tracks:
The following tracks, which have been temporarily closed for more than five years, are now permanently closed and will be decommissioned.
If visiting open areas of the ranges, or any kauri forest:
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.
9am - 5:00pm Everyday, except Christmas day.
Click here for information about which regional parks allow restricted dog walking
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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Free WiFi available at Arataki Visitor Centre.
The Waitakere Ranges are renowned for their natural beauty. There is limited mobililty access at Waitakere Ranges Regional Park.
There are 40 spaces available in the main car park, 18 in the depot and 9 in the Parkinsons Road area.
Arataki Visitor Centre
Click here to obatin rules and guidelines for flying UAVs and drones. In particular pay attention to the code of conduct.
For Volunteering at 'Ark in the Park', see www.arkinthepark.org.nz or contact us on (09) 810 7014.
The Arataki nature trail is accessible from the Visitor Centre and provides a great introduction to the flora of the Waitakere Ranges, including a beautiful Kauri grove. Click links below for track information:
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