What's out West?
Wild black sand surf beaches, lush rainforest, cascading waterfalls, kauri trees, vineyards and cafes, artistic Westie urban culture.
Some popular West Auckland attractions
Arataki visitor centre, Titirangi village, Waitakere ranges forest walks and waterfalls, Manukau harbour beaches Cornwallis and Huia. West coast black sand beaches: Whatipu, Piha, Muriwai, Te Henga (Bethells), Muriwai gannet colony, Kumeu and Waimauku wine region, Woodhill Tree adventures and mountain biking trails, Crystal mountain.
The busy urban Western suburbs of Auckland City are engulfed by the lush bush covered hills of the Waitakere Ranges which are steeped in a history of Kauri milling operations. A regenerating rainforest which extends from the remote Northern head of the Manukau Harbour at Huia and Whatipu, to the popular surf haven of Muriwai Beach, which is also home to an impressive gannet colony between August and May. The Waitakere Ranges and adjacent coastline may be considered the playground of Auckland City, offering numerous bush walks and cascading waterfalls, beachside communities and dramatic bush and black sand beach vistas.
The rural heart of West Auckland boasts an historic vineyard region originally settled and established by early migrant Yugoslavian families. The vineyard region is complemented with an array of eateries featuring excellent local wines and boutique brews.
A little further north of Muriwai is the Woodhill forest with excellent mountain biking trails and facilities and a tree climbing adventure park. And just a little further up the road is the popular natural thermal park of Parakai Springs.