Recreation in the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Park

Action adventure or serene relaxation, Auckland’s Waitakere Estate has it all on our doorstep.

If you like to get out and about on your holiday, make sure you take advantage of the local activities, there’s so much to see and do:

Outdoor Adventures and Activities

Rainforest Walks
Auckland's Waitakere Estate is located in the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Park. The surrounding park area covers 16,000 hectares and has over 250 kilometres of walking and tramping tracks. The tracks range from shorter easier walks to longer walks, some for more esperienced forest walkers.

The walking trails cover everything from spectacular coastal walks on the rugged West Coast to waterfalls, dense forest walks and water reservoir dams. There are walks suitable to all ages and levels of fitness. Check with reception for maps and some recommendations.

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AWOL Canyoning Adventures
AWOL Canyoning Adventures offers a memorable sub-tropical canyoning experience, taking you on waterfall abseils, jumps, slides, beautiful pools of blue and green surrounded by fern covered rock caverns.  Only 15 minutes from Auckland’s Waitakere Estate, it’s an experience you’ll never forget.  See our Auckland team building options offered by AWOL Adventures on site at Auckland's Waitakere Estate and see this link for Canyoning esperiences at nearby Piha Beach.


A number of golf courses are located within 20 minutes drive of Auckland's Waitakere Estate.
  • Redwood Park Golf Club
    The Redwood Park Golf Club is located in Swanson on beautiful parkland in the foothills of the Waitakere Ranges. The club has reasonable greens fees and reasonable availability for tee off times.
  • Other courses include the Titirangi Golf Course, re-designed by internationally known Dr Alister MacKenzie, and the very scenic Waitakere Golf course.
For further details please see our reception staff - or contact us here. 

Mountain Biking
Feel the freedom. Ride through stunning forest surroundings amd enjoy some of New Zealand's best bike trails at Woodhill Forest.

Woodhill forest is approximately 40 kilometres drive from Auckland's Waitakere Estate. At Woodhill there is over 100 kilometres of purpose built single track with over 250 man made features. 

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Hire bikes are available.


Wine Tour
Tours of the local West Auckland vineyards can be arranged with Auckland's Waitakere Estate's own guided wine tours for groups of three or more persons. These tours include a guide with considerable knowledge of the local vineyards. Self drive tours of the vineyards can also be done based on a wine trail map available at the Estate.

West Coast Beaches
For a stunning scenic drive not far from Auckland's Waitakere Estate, journey to the spectacular black sand West Coast beaches including Piha, Karekare, Bethels and Muriwai.

Arts and Crafts
In nearby villages there are some art galleries displaying the work of a number of local artists.

Tours of the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Park
Bush and Beach operate tours of the Waitakere Ranges Heritage Park. Their tours cover spectacular West Coast Beaches, large Kauri Trees and waterfalls.

We can arrange for guests of the Hotel to meet the Bush and Beach tours at the Artataki Information Centre.

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