First stop Arataki Visitor Centre nestling high up in the Waitakere Ranges with expansive views to the Manukau Harbour in the South and the Waitemata Harbour in the North. Learn about the unique fauna and flora of this Regional Park, and the significance of the huge Māori totem that overlooks the Centre. An easy walk into the lush rainforest will surround you with giant tree ferns and pristine streams tinkling through the wilderness. Also see NZ’s famous Kauri trees, the history of which your guide will tell you all about.
Moving further west you will see a spectacular black sand beach at Karekare & the magical beauty of the Karekare Falls, a little-known gem where you can swim in the cool waters of the pool and get some wonderful photos.