Waitakere Ranges represent hilly areas of Auckland. These are a part of the western coastline of the city and are known for their forest cover with the native rainforest of more than 16000 hectares. The regional park in the Waitakere Ranges sets a perfect example of an ecosystem that supports both the flora and fauna and the black sand surf beaches that attract tourists for a myriad of adventurous activities. Not only beaches but the walks and waterfalls are also incredible viewpoints with easy accessibility. Be it be the sound of the mighty waterfalls or the sight of a beautiful beach sunset or walking on a rugged coastline - this place can be anything you ask for.
The Waitakere Ranges lie 25 km to the west of central Auckland. It's a mere 40-minute drive from the city centre. They owe the ruggedness to the volcanic eruptions that occurred millions of years ago. The area is considered sacred by the Maori community who feel they have to preserve the forests for future generations. Waitakere Ranges are managed and administered by the Auckland Council which at the behest of the Maoris closed several trails for regeneration purpose - to give the forests time to heal.