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  • Location:Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration:8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Auckland Highlights combined with Wilderness Experience Eco-Tour

Experience the highlights of Auckland on a city sightseeing tour in the morning combined with an afternoon wilderness experience in Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. Learn how Aucklanders live and play as you explore the City of Sails with an informative guide. Then discover native flora and fauna on a beach stroll and forest walk, including a glimpse of the North Island’s giant kauri trees. 


  • Discover the highlights of Auckland and escape to the rainforest on this full-day tour
  • Visit the Arataki Center, gateway to the Waitakere Ranges
  • Admire traditional Maori carvings
  • Breathtaking views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Auckland

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What You Can Expect

Auckland Highlights combined with Wilderness Experience Eco-Tour

Auckland Highlights combined with Wilderness Experience Eco-Tour

Setting out from your hotel in Auckland, your morning tour takes you sightseeing in the City of Sails, while the afternoon tour delivers you 18 miles (30 km) outside the city to the Waitakere Ranges.

Discover the highlights of this unique urban landscape, set on 48 dormant volcanic cones. You’ll have plenty of photo ops from vista points overlooking the two harbors — Waitemata and Manukau — and witness how the locals live in New Zealand's busiest city, site of the world-renowned America’s Cup. 

Light refreshments are provided, and lunch can be purchased (own expense).

In the afternoon, depart downtown for the Arataki Visitor Centre, and step out on the deck for views of the cityscape and harbors all the way to the Tasman Sea. Learn of the traditional Maori carvings that guard this gateway to the Waitakere Ranges, Auckland’s largest regional park. Your guide enlightens you on the region’s natural and cultural heritage.

Continue on to the wild and rugged west coast where you have the opportunity to stroll on an unspoiled beach. A short journey brings you to the lush rainforest. Gaze up at giant tree ferns and listen for native birdlife on your walk, and see an outstanding specimen of New Zealand's ancient kauri trees — a classic Kiwi experience — before returning to Auckland. 

This tour operator is a winner of the New Zealand 2007 Small Tourism Business Operator Award.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was absolutely amazing and the guides were great. With the city tour then the rainforest and beach in the afternoon, was so worth it, We seen so much and was definitely not disappointed with having such a short amount of time in New Zealand. This trip was worth it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great one day tour to get an overall picture of Auckland.
Tour guides were very informative and friendly.
I was extremely fortunate with the weather and the views were spectacular.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

What a great trip and beautiful scenery with a great , knowledgeable and friendly guide, Allan Clark

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

the tour was great and the people in charge were really helpful and made it an all round great day .

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Great experience, awesome tour! Our guides Dawn and Allen were very informative and funny

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

I really enjoyed the combination of City and Wilderness experiences offered by this tour. Our guide/driver Tony was hugely enthusiastic and knowledgeable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Amazing tour. Guides were excellent and I would go again if I get back to Auckland.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

We truly enjoyed this tour. It was a wonderful introduction to NewZealand.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

My friend and I loved the combo Auckland Highlights and Wilderness Eco-Tour. Dion was our guide in the morning. He was very kind, professional and enthusiastic about showing us a great overview of Auckland. Sean was our guide in the afternoon. He was equally as nice, informative, enthusiastic and professional. We loved every minute of the tour. It was a great way to spend our first day in New Zealand and our only day in Auckland. I would highly recommend this tour company and would definitely look them up again when returning to N.Z.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Our guide, Dawn, picked us up promptly from our hotel and proceeded to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for Aukland the entire time! We made fun stops and felt we had a wonderful overview of Aukland including the coast, suburbs, fish market, eco sanctuary and so much more. Great day and one we would really recommend to those on short visits to Aukland.

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