West Auckland Attractions in Auckland

Westies. That is the name given to people who live West of Auckland and there has even been a recent TV show based around this area. Stereotypes aside, the areas west of Auckland have a variety of things to do for visitors, many of them in beautiful native bush. You can take the kids out to the zoo, or the social history museum known as MOTAT. Or you can get down and dusty on a walking trail in the Waitakeres. Check out the Arataki Visitors centre first to get a feel for where you'd like to hike and bring your lunch. And, don't forget the beaches. Despite being only about an hour's drive out of the big smoke, the west coast beaches are undeniably wild and beautiful. Practice your engineering skills by building a sandcastle out of black sand, or check out the rock pools. If you are a surfer, this is where you need to bring your board. Piha is a great option if you want to surf but you have family in tow who would just like to go for a paddle as the beach is suitable for both. At Muriwai there is also a gannet colony. Depending on the time of year you will either see adults alone, adults with eggs, or adults flying round looking for food for the fluffiest chicks this side of the Tasman (That's a joke since they migrate once a year over to Australia). But then, there's always the wineries...

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MOTAT (Museum of Transport & Technology)

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1002 Great North Road
Western Springs

Technology and social history... read more

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Auckland Zoo

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Motions Road
Western Springs

Up close and personal with the animals... read more

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Piha Beach

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Waitakere

Surf's up and it's a blast!... read more

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Whatipu

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Whatipu Road
Waitakere

West Coast beach... read more

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Waitakere Ranges (The)

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Waitakere City

Take a hike in the hills out west... read more

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West Auckland Wineries

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Lincoln Road and Henderson Valley
Henderson

World class wines... read more

Arataki Visitor Centre

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Scenic Drive
Waitakere

Educational introduction to the Waitakere Ranges...
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Karekare Beach

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Karekare Road
Waitakere

Gorgeous black sand beach where "The Piano" was filmed... read more

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Bethells Beach (Te Henga)

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Bethells Road
Waitakere

Wild West coast beach... read more

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Muriwai Gannet Colony

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Muriwai Beach
Muriwai Beach

View up Muriwai Beach... read more
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