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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 47 Reviews

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  • Location:Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration:5 hours (approx.)

Waitakere Ranges Wilderness Experience Eco-Tour from Auckland

Explore the Waitakere Ranges and the North Island’s rugged west coast, including Black Sand Beach, during an afternoon tour with a guide who is knowledgeable about New Zealand flora and fauna. From the Arataki Centre, admire sweeping views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Learn about Maori history, stroll the beach and take a nature walk through a lush rainforest while you experience Auckland's largest regional park. 

Highlights

  • Admire the amazing Waitakere Ranges on this afternoon tour from Auckland
  • Visit Arataki Center, gateway to the Waitakere Ranges
  • Breathtaking panoramic views of the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean
  • Enjoy light refreshments
  • See native wildlife
  • Local english-speaking guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from centrally located Auckland hotels

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What You Can Expect

Waitakere Ranges Wilderness Experience Eco-Tour from Auckland

Wilderness Experience Eco-Tour from Auckland

After pickup from your centrally located hotel, depart Auckland on a 30-minute drive west to the Arataki Centre — gateway to the breathtaking Waitakere Ranges. Snap photos of traditional Maori carvings that stand sentinel as you soak up breathtaking views, from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean.

Learn about the region’s history from your guide during your visit to Auckland's largest regional park, followed by a drive all the way to the North Island’s wild coastline. Here, get out of the vehicle to walk along the shores of Black Sand Beach and marvel at the namesake sand beneath your feet. 

You’ll continue to experience the awe-inspiring power of New Zealand’s nature with a short trip to a lush rainforest setting. Enjoy an easy bush walk along a path through giant tree ferns and as you listen for the calls of local birds. Your guide identifies native flora and fauna before returning you to Aukland with drop-off at your hotel. 

This tour operator won the 2007 New Zealand Small Tourism Business Operator Award.

Customer Reviews

Angelica P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

I loved our tour guide, he was well informed and came ready to share so many jokes..dad type jokes, my favourite! We saw so many beautiful sights and walked away with endless knowledge. We took our time and enjoyed everything to the max! Thank you!

Mark D M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

For a five-hour tour, it was packed with sights and information. Loved the forest walk, which combined history and nature. The driver John was excellent and very informative.

Debra G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Just loved it, was more than I expected. Dave our tour guide was full of information, not only about the tour but recommended places to eat whilst we were in Auckland. Loved the wilderness and the hike to the waterfall was worth the walk.

Bowpad.007

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our tour guide Wayne, was very knowledgeable and fun. He enjoys what he does and been doing it for 25 yrs according to him. I believe you, Wayne. We had fun though it was somewhat wet from a little rain. Was well worth it.

Kathleen N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I loved the tour. Our guide was friendly and full of stories. We saw a beautiful waterfall and beach, and I would highly recommend this trip for anyone with limited time in Auckland who wants to see more of the island!

Lisa Martini Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Great tour! Pick up was on time. We visited the Waitakere Ranges lookout, had a quick walk to a nice waterfall, went to the black sand beach and went for a walk through a rainforest. Plenty of time for photos at each stop and walks were quite easy to suit to all fitness levels. Definitely recommend

Christopher B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Fantastic experience. Incredibly knowledgeable guide. We absolutely loved it. My wife and I agreed this was the best thing we did in Auckland. Book without hesitation.

James K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Pick up was right on time. The group was small. The experience was very interactive with an excellent guide. The sights were varied and the beach was spectacular. It was well worth the money.

Pam S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Great tour! The tour was informative and contained a variety of experiences including visiting a magnificent waterfall, black sand beaches and a trail through the Waitakere Ranges. Our guides were locals and loved what they do… it was a wonderful afternoon.

R K S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

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