Sunday, January 4, 2009

Arataki Visitor Centre 2

Te Kawerau-a-Maki, are the tangata whenua and kaitiaki (guardians) of the Waitakare Ranges. Their mana is symbolised by an imposing 11 metre high pou, carved from two kauri trees, which dominates the entrance of the Visitor Centre. Five of the most significant tipuna (ancestors) of Te Kawerau-a-Maki are represented on this exterior pou. A further four pou, representing other significant tipuna, are located in the Visitor Centre.

Sorry I could not take the whole pou. The sun was very bright, and I tried my best.I didn't do justice to such a magnificent structure.

What you can do
Easily accessed from the Visitor Centre are self-guided short walks and walking tracks.
Interactive displays, maps, an audiovisual movie on the Waitakere Ranges, and the popular "kids corner".
"Learning through experience" programmes cater for school groups and young adults. Take this link to find out more about "Learning through experience."
Arataki Kid’s Day - held in November each year.
"Water for Survival" walk around the Nihorapu Dams - held every Autumn to help raise funds for Oxfam Water for Survival projects. For more information visit Oxfam New Zealand.
Take a ride on the Rainforest express, a miniature train service. For more information take this link - Watercare Services Limited.
Or you could try the Waitakere Tramline. For more information visit The Waitakere Tramline Society
For more ideas on what you can do visit activities and events.

Arataki statue

The geographic location of Scenic Drive, on a mountain ridge, lends well to the provision of viewing bays, allowing visitors in vehicles to pull over and enjoy the beautiful vistas.

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