Police, Ambulance, Fire, Search and Rescue ... 111
National Directory Assistance ... 018
International Directory Assistance ... 0172
Waitakere City Council ... (09) 839 0400
Auckland Visitor Information ... 0800 282 552
Bus, Ferry, Train Information ... (09) 366 6400
Auckland Airport ... 0800 247 767
Air New Zealand ... 0800 737 000
New Zealand Customs ... (09) 275 9059
New Zealand Immigration ... (09) 256 8545
Hospital and emergency clinicS
Waitakere Hospital, Lincoln Road, Henderson.
Telephone: 0800 809 342
Henderson Accident and Medical Clinic – 24hrs
131 Lincoln Road, Henderson.
Telephone: 836 3336
New Lynn Accident and Medical Clinic
2140 Great North Road, New Lynn.
Telephone: 828 8912
Waitakere experiences a temperate, sub-tropical climate.
GMT +12 hours.
230/240 volts, 50 hertz. Wall sockets accept flat, two-prong
or three-prong plugs.
Currency and Banks
The currency is the New Zealand Dollar. There are 100 cents
to the dollar. All major credit cards are accepted. Bank
trading hours are Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 4.30pm.
Post Shops are open Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm,
and Saturday from 9.00am to 12 noon.
Goods and Services
New Zealand has a 12.5% goods and services tax (GST). This
is normally included in the price of goods and services
unless otherwise stated.
Most public telephones use pre-paid telephone cards. These
can be purchased from visitor information centres, convenience
stores, service stations and post shops. You will also
find phone booths that accept major credit cards and coins.
Tips for outdoors
- If you decide to go and enjoy
our bush first hand, please let someone know where you
intend to go and a return time. It is safest to go on
one of our many marked tramping routes. Wandering off
the beaten track could result in getting lost! Do not
drink water from lakes, streams or rivers without boiling
first. Be well equipped, you do not want to get caught
out with inadequate supplies.
- Please leave our bush and
beach as you found it - place your rubbish in bins provided
or take your rubbish with you.
- Making fires is prohibited.
- Swim only at lifeguard patrolled
beaches and always swim between the red and yellow flags.
- Listen to advice from lifeguards
and take heed of safety signs. If you get into trouble,
raise your arm for assistance, float and wait for help.
- Never swim alone, do not
leave children unattended, never run and dive into water
- check water depth first.
- Avoid alcohol. This affects
your judgment and the ability to hold your breath.
- Do not depend on flotation
devices, such as boogie boards, as you can lose them
in large waves.
- Be aware of rips. Regularly
check your position against a landmark, such as lifeguard
flags, to help maintain a fixed position and alert you
to dangerous currents.
- Do not wear street clothes
in the water.
- Stay out if you are not sure
about the surf conditions or your own ability.
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.
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 Boer.
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
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, cafes,
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.