Ranges Regional Park and the internationally
renowned and prolific art community it inspires make
Waitakere a special place to visit. These drawcards
provide a backdrop to all the accommodation, activities, cafes, vineyards and shopping you
would expect from an urban centre.
Ranges Regional Park includes more than 16,000
hectares of native temperate rainforest and includes
250km of walking and tramping tracks.
is framed on its western side by Auckland’s
wild west coast. Popular coastal destinations include
the black sand surf beaches of Whatipu, Karekare,
Piha and Te Henga/Bethells.
The park offers an abundance of
recreational activities including
swimming, surfing, tramping, fishing, boating, horse
riding, running, walking, picnicking, camping, canyoning,
sightseeing or simply relaxing. The sunsets are nothing
short of spectacular.
movies like Jane Campion’s ‘The Piano’ and the popular
TV series ‘Xena’ and ‘Hercules’,
all filmed here give the park an international profile.
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. Talk to the staff about how to
get the best out of your visit to the park or book
a guided walk or campsite. Alternatively, the approved transport
operators in this brochure provide scheduled
and/or customised tours.
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
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
Today’s artists find tranquility
and inspiration in that same exquisite environment
but they are, by and large, a different breed. They
are professionals, producing state of the art work
for a national and international audience. They are
people such as Ann Robinson, John Edgar, Fatu Feu’u,
John Madden, John Parker, Neil Miller and Andrew de
At the foot
of the ranges, in Titirangi, sits the iconic Lopdell
House, home to the city’s
regional gallery. This four story, Spanish mission
building dominates the village skyline and shows the
work of the cutting edge artists of the country.
Across the city on the historic Corban
Estate a new arts precinct is growing. The old
winery homestead has a complex of galleries which
focus on local and heritage exhibitions. There are
artists’ studios, a top quality arts and crafts
retail outlet and a flourishing Pacific
Islands arts centre.
Both these arts precincts are points
of contact foci for the visitor wanting more information
on the creative talent of the region.
New to the city are a scattering
of smaller dealer arts outlets. Of note are the Signal
Gallery in Swanson and the West
Coast Gallery at Piha; all evidence of a thriving
arts economy in this beautiful rainforest area. Mix
all this with wine, food and wilderness and Waitakere
can be seen as a mecca for true hedonists.
There is a great variety of accommodation, activities,
restaurants and entertainment featured in this
brochure. Days can be filled with plenty of interesting
places to entertain the family such as farmyard visits,
art galleries, wineries to sample, canyoning for
the more adventurous, cafes for the more relaxed.
We invite you to stay with us and enjoy everything
Waitakere has to offer.