Local places of interest, attractions and activities
Bethells Beach ( Te Henga ) is approximately 30 kilometres north-west of Auckland City, at the mouth of the Waitakere River where it flows into the Tasman Sea.
The Waitakere Ranges Regional Park is home to some of Auckland’s most visited natural treasures. Explore the lush native rainforest, scenic coastline and windswept black-sand beaches. Waitakere Ranges walks are the best way to experience the area’s beauty and there’s a huge range of other activities on offer.
Get off the beaten track next time you head out west and you won’t be disappointed. At the southern end of the Waitakere Ranges lies some of the region’s most spectacular coastline, walking tracks and beaches.
Waitakere Golf Club is situated only 30min from the city centre. It is nestled amongst truely magnificent native bush surrounds in the renowned Waitakere Ranges and is adjacent to the Cascades Kauri Park Reserve.
The golf course has been developed with little or no change to the natural landscape with breathtaking views of some of NZ's well known native bush.
The course is only 5140 metres long but this belies the challenge it presents.
Once you visit this haven it will leave many fond memories. Whether your golf is bad or just plain terrible, Waitakere can't be faulted as a venue of pure pleasure.
The Hillary Trail follows a variety of terrain and scenery – many claim a magical pull of the trail and keep coming back for more. Stunning views throughout the trail, rugged West coast beaches, magnificent native bush including the hundreds of year old native Kauri trees. Past large waterfalls and sand dunes, along cliff tops or through marshlands – there is something for everyone. The 80km course follows the Hillary Trail from the Arataki Visitors Centre West of Titirangi all the way to Muriwai, via Huia, Whatipu, Karekare, Piha and Bethells. There is no denying, this is a tough challenge – mentally and physically. With 3,700m climb, the current fastest time is 8 hours 23 minutes. Many would think this seems a long time for 80km but, those that have done would agree – this is no ordinary 80km.
Forest & Bird’s Waitakere is restoring Te Henga wetland in West Auckland by removing pest species and re-introducing native wildlife.
The Waitakere River is small and provides good fishing for brown trout in a beautiful environment.
Cascade Kauri, Lake Wainamu and Fairy Falls are located in the northern part of the Waitakere Ranges and offer great places to explore. Walk through ancient forests, along streams and see giant Kauri trees, huge sand dunes and spectacular waterfalls.
Crystal Mountain museum - Where you will find New Zealand's largest selection of rare and exquisite crystals and minerals directly imported and sourced from mines around the world & beyond.
Arataki Visitors 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.
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Waitakere Ranges video