Auckland’s 6th gift to the world: The Waitakeres

Quite simply, how many cities have a prehistoric rainforest as a next door neighbour?

The Waitakere Ranges Regional Park is a stunning wilderness area just 30 minutes from downtown Auckland.  You’ll see flora here that has hardly changed in 30 million years and, if you are lucky, rare fauna like threatened species like the Hochstetter frog, New Zealand dotterel, Long Tailed bat.  As for activities, you’re spoilt for choice: surfing, walking, environmental education, not to mention the Waitakere Tramline and the Rainforest Express.

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1 Comment so far

  1. Stephen (unregistered) on December 16th, 2006 @ 2:03 am

    It would be so awesome to have something like that within a short trip from Toronto…

    I guess they are doing a good job at preserving the park’s integrity? (Trash etc)

    Being at the Chichen Itza ruins in Yucatan,Mexico I saw old growth, dense forests but nothing that looked quite like that!

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