Geography of the Waitākere Ranges Local Board area
Surrounded on the west and south by outstanding coastlines and popular beaches, the ranges are covered with mostly regenerating lowland and coastal rainforest.
The area is home to a diversity of habitats for indigenous flora and fauna including kauri snails, glow worms and long-tailed bats.
Amenities in the Waitākere Ranges Local Board area
Titirangi is home to the Lopdell Precinct. This includes the restored heritage building, Lopdell House, and Te Uru, a new regional art gallery focusing on contemporary art and hosting New Zealand's premier ceramic awards.
Nearby is the former home of internationally known artist, Colin McCahon, now a museum and artists residency.
Hoani Waititi Marae, in Parrs Park, is an important site for urban Māori in the area.
The Waikumete Cemetery provides a significant regional service and is the only cemetery in Auckland providing burial facilities for those of the Jewish faith. The urupa also provides burial plots for urban Māori.
Titirangi and Glen Eden are key town centres which play a role in the servicing of needs in the south of the area, whilst Swanson is the key retail focus in the north.
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