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. 


  • 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

Dale S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Allen and David did a great job

Omotayo I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was one of the better tours of my trip. Our tour guide Sean was AWESOME He gave so much history about NZ that I came away a better feel for New Zealand's History and peoples. Very easy to talk to accommodating. Would refer to friends and family.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

A fabulous afternoon with knowledgeable guide. Really enjoyed everything about the day. The beach was fantastic ands the rainforest walk was great. Wish I'd taken the full day.

Hideharu E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great guides, really showed and explained the real New Zealand. Thank you to the local tour company

John B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

I was very impressed with my guide. He was calm and professional in spite of the cats he was herding.

Elisabeth K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Super tour. Wonderful forest, amazing beach. Friendly tour guys. Learned a lot and had great fun.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Thanks to Doug, this was excellent tour that provided great insight into the flora and fauna of the rainforest. The views from the north and south harbor overlooks were magnificent. Piha, with its black iron beach and stunning scenery, was a standout. As an educator, I truly appreciated the handout at the end of the tour which highlighted the sights of the day!

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.

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