The Arataki Visitor Centre is the gateway to the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, with more than 16,000 hectares of native rainforest and coastline. Free entry to the Visitor centre for everyone.


An 11m kauri pou (post) welcomes you on arrival to Arataki. Carved by tribal members, the pou depicts the ancestors of iwi Te Kawerau ā Maki. This reaffirms their mana and guardianship of the ‘Great forest of Tiriwā’ (Waitākere Ranges). The pou is one of the largest of its kind in New Zealand.


The centre boasts interactive environmental and heritage displays, audio-visual theatre, camping permits, ranger-guided walks, books and merchandise. Also, great views and a selection of cultural art.

Bird view of Lower Nihotupu Dam surrounded by Waitakere Ranges from Arataki Visitor Centre in West Auckland.