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Welcome to the Waitakere Ranges

Your guide to living in the ranges

A special welcome to the Waitākere Ranges (Te Wao Nui a Tiriwa) from Te Kawerau ā Maki (mana whenua of the Waitākere Ranges), Waitākere Ranges Local Board and Pest Free Waitākere Ranges Alliance. 

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Did you know that you’re living in a heritage area, protected by legislation?

The Waitākere Ranges is home to rare native plants and wildlife, rugged coastlines, spectacular natural landscapes and many wāhi tapu (sacred sites).

We feel that those of us who have the privilege of living in this unique environment also have a responsibility to look after it. By taking a few simple steps, you can play an important role in caring for our native forest, rivers, coastline and wildlife.

At Home

Here are some simple things you can do now to care for our unique environment. 

Our Heritage

Learn more about the unique heritage of the Waitākere Ranges heritage area,
and what the current rahui means for you.

Get involved

Connect with your local volunteer group to seek advice on invasive weeds (and native plants to replace them with), get assistance with baiting or trapping pest animals, participate in community projects, access subsidised resources (like traps) and attend conservation workshops.

Discover Waitākere

We’re incredibly lucky to have the Waitākere Ranges in close proximity to our largest city.  Explore our area by visiting the Arataki Visitor Centre, Lopdell Precinct in Titirangi, or discover our forest on the Pou Heritage Trail.

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We would love to answer any questions you have about living in the Waitākere Ranges.

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