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Discover Waitākere

We’re incredibly lucky to have the Waitākere Ranges in close proximity to our largest city.  

Discover Waitākere by visiting the Arataki Visitor Centre, Lopdell Precinct in Titirangi,
or explore our forest on the Pou Heritage Trail.

Entrance to the Arataki Visitor Centre

Arataki Visitor Centre

Arataki is the gateway to the Waitākere Ranges. Visit the centre to gather information about walking tracks, see interesting exhibitions and take in the impressive 11m kauri pou depicting the ancestors of Te Kawerau ā Maki outside the entrance to Arataki. 

Pou Heritage Trail

Pou (large significant carvings) can be found at six places throughout the forest. Each pou, handcrafted by Te Kawerau ā Maki, has been placed at significant sites, allowing you to learn about the history of the ranges as you explore each of these walking tracks. 

Maori Pou carving in front of flax bushes
Maori pou carving on the Pou Heritage Trail

Lopdell Precinct

Our wonderful arts and culture centre, where you’ll find contemporary art exhibitions, community art projects, local theatre productions and a rooftop terrace that overlooks the Manukau Harbour.

Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area

The Waitākere Ranges Heritage Area Act aims to protect and restore the area’s heritage features. Any development, subdivision or landscaping work carried out within this area needs to be of an appropriate character, scale and intensity, and is subject to legal requirements. 

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