In the 10 weeks I am here now, I have spent the most of my time in the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. The Waitakere Ranges Regional Park is a place where pristine bush, thriving native wildlife and rugged black sand surf beaches come together. The ‘wild west’ feels like another world away, but is only a 40-minute drive from the city of Auckland.
With over 250 kilometres of walking tracks, the ranges are a wonderful place to explore on foot, surrounded by spectacular scenery. Favourite scenic spots like the Karekare Falls, just a few minutes’ walk from Karekare beach, are very accessible.
The Waitakere Ranges Regional Park has a lot of different walking tracks. The smallest track will take you 15 minutes and the longest one will take you to the whole Regional Park and the track will take 4 days!
I already did some of the amazing walking tracks. If you walk this tracks, you will go back to the nature, and you will probably see nobody else than your company until the end of the track.
The Waitakere Ranges Regional Park has a lot of great (surf) beaches to offer, Whatipu, Karekare, Piha, Bethells and Muriwai. The beaches are all black sanded. Piha beach is the oldest beach that is founded in 1934.
The best way to visit the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park is to drive to the Visitor Centre, get all the information you want about every track there is. Go to the track you want to do and enjoy! You will see so many different tree’s, waterfalls, beautiful nature and if you are really lucky, some wild animals!
It is also an option to some the tracks with INTERNeX! The INTERNeX surf trip is almost every time at Piha Beach and we make some other stops at Waitakere as well! The first stop is the Visitor Centre with a great view of Waitakere, after the surf lessons on Piha Beach we are doing a small track from 30 minutes to visit a waterfall.