The Waitakere Ranges, which flank the City, are home to the Centennial Memorial Park, which offers some of the best bush tramping in New Zealand. Our accommodation in West Auckland is perfectly positioned for you to take advantage of these tramping tracks. Within this 8,000 hectares are some 200 km of walking and hiking tracks suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
Stay in our West Auckland hotels and discover the Kauri trees. Huge Kauri trees were the basis for most of the early industry, producing both gum and timber. These trees are now protected, and a magnificent example of this native giant can be seen close to the Arataki Heritage and Environment Centre just 6 kilometres from the Titirangi township. For the self drive tourist, the Arataki Centre, located just 10 minutes drive from Titirangi Village, is an ideal first stop for visitors. The centre provides the latest information of track conditions, weather and tides.
It is not surprising that the Waitakere Ranges and the West Coast beaches have long been a magnet for artists of all persuasions; from literary giants such as Allen Curnow and CK Stead to painters such as Don Binney and Dean Buchanan, to name but two of many.
The old image was the bush-clad hills of Titirangi as the haven of the bohemian artist and legendary weekend parties; or of Colin McCahon discovering the Kauri in the rain-drenched bush of French Bay.
Our Auckland West accommodation is a perfect base for exploring the beaches of the West Coast. Often referred to as The Wild West Coast for its raw natural beauty, the area is popular with surfers due to the powerful waves. While in the area, check out the black iron sand beach at Karekare, made famous by the film ‘The Piano’ by New Zealand director Jane Campion.
Waitakere was heralded as an up and coming tourist destination as early as 1902. The tranquil Waitemata Harbour on one coast contrasts severely with the rugged and sometimes wild beaches on the other, where the famous West Coast surf can offer the ultimate challenge to the most experienced surfer.
Relatively untouched and delightfully isolated, the most notable beaches on this coast include: Cornwallis, Huia, Whatipu, Karekare, Piha and Bethells (Te Henga). Book your West Auckland accommodation and flight to Auckland