A beautiful introduction to the flora and fauna of the Waitakere Ranges and a great addition to any visit to the Arataki Visitor Centre. The track is really a network of three gravelled loop walks. The Identification Loop is short and level, while the upper and lower loops contain graded descents and ascents. Making your way to the kauri knoll at the end of the lower track is recommended as a great example of remnant Kauri forest.
Arataki Nature Trail details
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||Yes. The Identification Loop is accessible to wheelchair users with assistance - this is due to slope, surface and weather conditions. The other loop walks have stairs and steep slopes.
||Yes. The track has a wide gravel surface and the Identification Loop is level; however, other loops do have steep sections and there are steps at the kauri knoll.
The start of the track is accessed near the Education Centre via tunnel which runs underneath Scenic Drive. There are three loops all clearly signposted.
What to expect
Short walks are suitable for most people including families with young children and some mountain buggies; however, please check the individual track descriptions for detail. All short walks are part of the path classification of tracks and are suitable for people of most ages, mobility and fitness.
Short walks will:
Have easy to moderate grades with all weather track surfaces.
Have a high level of signage with directional signs at the track entrance and all junctions.
Have permanent water courses culverted or bridged.
Short walks may:
Have seats and viewing platforms at areas of interest.
Have limited numbers of steps or areas of broken surface.
Theft from vehicles is not common but unfortunately can happen.
You should take the same reasonable precautions you take when parking at other locations and remember to lock your vehicle and take your valuables with you.