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Waiatarua, West Auckland

About Waiatarua:

Waiatarua is a small settlement near the top of the Waitakere range, bordering New Zealand's largest city, Auckland.

Waiatarua means "song of two waters," likely referring to the opportunity to see both the wild west coast and the still-shimmering waters of the Manukau and Waitemata Harbours.

At the 2018 New Zealand census, Waiatarua had a population of 2,148 with 735 households.

Tourism 

The Rose Hellaby House in Waiatarua is an elegant 'English cottage' style house designed in 1939 and now leased to Aranui Antiques and Collectibles.

Set on nine hectares of land, the site is an excellent vantage point overlooking the varied scenery of West Auckland, the Manukau and Waitemata Harbours and beyond. Breathtaking views can be taken from the viewing platform on the back of the lawn.

The nearby Arataki Information Centre, which offers information on the local flora, fauna and geology, is the starting point for a number of well-maintained walking trails in the area.

The Waiataru area includes the Upper and Lower Nihotupu water reservoirs. The paths leading to these reservoirs are scenic walking trails through native forests past waterfalls. These trails are linked to the broader network of walking trails within Waitakere Regional Park.

Education

Local state primary schools are Oratia School and Henderson Valley School, and local state secondary schools are Kelston Boys High School and Kelston Girls College.

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In remembrance of all the fishies we’ve lost too soon. Gone, but never forgotten. RIP.
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Muriwai! This is a phone snap edited in Snapseed that I grabbed when first visiting the place back in 2018. A lot going on in the sky on this day!
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How cute are the monarch butterflys 😍 love when clients want something totally different.
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2018. Muriwai beach. I took this shot without even realising this rock pool was shaped like a fish. It had to be pointed out to me 🤣
Canon 5DIII, 17-40mm f/4L. Lee big stopper. 240sec exposure if I recall correctly.

Still one of my favourite shots.
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The hawks fly high above the Waitakere Ranges. This was beginning its journey upwards. In seconds it was up so high I could not get another photo. #kahu #hawk #swampharrier #harrier #harrierhawk #australasianharrier #goldenhourphotography #sunsetphotography #birdsinflightphotography #birdsinflight #birdcaptures #birdbrilliance #raptor #raptorofinstagram #newzealandbirds #naturephotography #ornithologyphotography #waitakereranges #westauckland #lumixnz ...

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New horizons.. ✨ || 📷: joshilliam ...

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Level Two means getting back to some of the work I love the most.
A visit to The Hunting Lodge as part of my research for a magazine feature on Wineries out West - late afternoon sunset segueing into an evening of fine dining.
Notebook and palate primed and ready.
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Spring is heralded by the Kowhai flowers. The Tui are mad for the nectar. The Kereru eat the flowers. The Tui attack the Kereru as well as each other. #kowhai #kowhaitree #kereru #kererū #woodpigeon #pigeon #birdcaptures #birdbrilliance #birds_bees_flowers_n_trees #springflower #naturephotography #westauckland #lumixg9 #lumixnz ...

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Lockdown reflections on another beautiful day, courtesy of Auckland’s West Coast 🌊
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