Waitakere Range Park covers more than 16,000 hectares of native rain forest and coastline. All the pictures above were taken from the multi level Arataki Visitor Center. Local iwi Te Kawerau a - Maki's ancestral association goes back to this area 700-800 years. We made the right decision to visit Waitakere and stay clear of the typical tourist attractions in Auckland. There were very few visitors and it is off the radar as a tourist attraction. Other than a few profession hikers, we were the only visitors that afternoon.