The western coastline of the ranges consists of cliffs exceeding 300 m (984 ft), interspersed infrequently with beaches. The rugged upstanding topography is formed from erosion-resistant ancient volcanic conglomerate and lava flows laid down in eruptions from the large Waitakere volcano to the west 12–25 million years ago. The ranges are covered in native forest, most of which is in the process of regeneration since extensive logging and farming in the mid–late 19th and early 20th centuries.
In 1894 a group led by Sir Algernon Thomas (the first professor of natural sciences at Auckland University College, now the University of Auckland) persuaded the Auckland City Council to preserve 3,500 acres (14 km2) in the Nihotupu area of the ranges as a bush reserve. In 1895 the national Government vested the land, and several other smaller areas of the ranges, in the City Council as “reserves for the conservation of native flora and fauna”. The Waitakere Ranges Regional Park now contains about 39,500 acres (160 km2). The area is also protected under the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Act 2008.
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What to do in Waitakere Ranges Regional Park:
Wild Life: Morepork, Kingfisher, Shining Cuckoo, Tui, Kereru, Pied Tit, Green Gecko, Forest Gecko, Hochstetter’s Frog, Myna, Blackbird, Chaffinch, New Zealand Dotterel and Fernbird
Adventure: Abseiling, Swimming, Surfing, Tramping, Bushwalking, Fishing, Boating, Horse Riding, Running, Walking, Picnicking, Camping, Canyoning and Sightseeing
Where is Waitakere Ranges Regional Park:
Location: Waitakere district, Auckland region, New Zealand
When & how to get to Waitakere Ranges Regional Park:
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Getting There: From Downtown Auckland there are several ways to access Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. Huia Rd 18km (25 min): Signposted from Titirangi and leads to the southern region of the Waitakere Ranges including Cornwallis, Huia and Whatipu. From Little Huia take the 7km Whatipu Rd to Whatipu. (Caution: much of Whatipu Rd is gravel, winding and narrow). Scenic Drive 28km (35min): Extending from Titirangi to Swanson, Scenic Drive passes through the eastern fringe of the Waitakere Ranges. Piha Rd 23km (30min): From Scenic Drive, this road crosses the heartland of the Waitakere Ranges to Piha Beach. Road access to Karekare and Anawhata range off Piha Rd. Te Henga/Bethells Beach 25km (35min): Te Henga Road starts from Scenic Drive and joins Bethells Road to lead around the northern area of the Waitakere Ranges, including the popular Cascade Kauri area, ending on the West Coast at Te Henga.
Nearest Town: Titirangi
Nearest Railway Station:
Where to stay (Lodges / Guest Houses / Camps / Resorts / Hotels):
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Climate & Weather conditions in Waitakere Ranges Regional Park:
Temp: c to c
Rainfall: 2000 cm
Altitude: 474 m
Other details about Waitakere Ranges Regional Park:
Area: 160 sq km
Language: English and Maori