This full day tour goes firstly to the Arataki Visitor Information Centre situated within Auckland's largest regional park, Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. The breathtaking panoramic views from the sweeping decks extend from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Absorb the area's history and admire the magnificent traditional Maori carvings that stand guard there.
- Travel to New Zealand's wild and rugged west coast on this scenic and relaxing full day tour from Auckland
- Breathtaking panoramic views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean
- Enjoy a picnic lunch
- Visit the Arataki Center, gateway to the Waitakere Ranges
- See traditional Maori carvings
- Hotel pickup and drop off from Auckland
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What You Can Expect
Continue further West with your knowledgeable and highly experienced guide to New Zealand's wild and rugged West Coast where you get to experience the isolation of the area. The guides walk you through an area of Auckland's coastal rainforest where they explain the local flora and fauna of the area with its giant tree ferns growing alongside picturesque streams in regenerating rainforest. You then get the opportunity to visit a magnificent rugged West Coast beach where you can stroll along and experience the uniqueness of the black sand and the clear ocean breeze.
A kiwi style picnic lunch at a scenic location, before your journey takes you to an area of untouched original rainforest with mature 1000 year old Kauri trees. New Zealand has existed for millions of years separate from the rest of the world so has evolved in isolation to produce its own unique flora and fauna - 70% of the native plants are found nowhere else in the world. The guides explain about native species as you walk amongst New Zealand's famous Kauri trees and native birds.
This unique small group tour operator is a Qualmark Endorsed Visitor Activity and provides expert guided eco-tours in the greater Auckland region - a company delivering a quality product focusing on the natural and cultural heritage of the area. Winner of the New Zealand 2007 Small Tourism Business Operator Award.
I had a great time. I was on a small tour of five people and was able to walk around and feel the atmosphere of the place. There are no shopping trips though only nature walks around the black sanded beaches and the forest.
Excellent tour. Guide was very good and really liked the packed lunch.
great tour. It was a small group of 5 so we were able to go where larger groups and buses could. Beatiful scenery and great exercise. Not for someone who doesn't want to walk!
Highly recommended. Wayne (the tour guide) was hilarious and gave the group a fantastic commentary!
Everything about this trip was incredible. The guide was knowledgeable and interesting. It exceeding our expectations. I would recommend this trip for anyone who loves nature and wants to see the west coast near Auckland.
Excellent guide, well informed, it's great to see the other side of the north island
It was a GREAT Tour, and our tour-guide - David Woodhouse - was very knowledgable and gave us a splended Tour. He made this one of the best - if not the VERY BEST tour of the 7 or 8 tours we had during our recent visit to Australia and New Zealand.
This tour was excellent. It gave us a good understanding of the native flora and the history of Auckland and the Maori. Our guide Alex was outstanding very knowledgeable and passionate about New Zealand. This is a great way to get out of Auckland and see the surrounding beauty of the North Island.
It was an excellent tour. The tour was interesting and the Guide was very so knowledgeable. This is not to be missed!