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  • Address: Waitakere Ranges, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Hours: Open 24 hours

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Waitakere Ranges Tours

Many equate the city of Auckland with sailboats cruising along the famous waterfront. While there is no denying the city’s maritime heritage, few realize that the “City of Sails” also has bushwalks and tumbling waterfalls which are tucked away in a forested hideaway.

In the Waitakere Ranges—a string of hills which rise to 1,400 feet and stretch for 15 miles—rural hiking tracks weave their way through native wilderness and bush. Set only 30 minutes west of the downtown city center, the park offers everything from twenty-minute loops to multiday trails delving deep into the forest. Along the way, hikers will pass along numerous streams and walk beneath a canopy which teems with birdsong. Of all the trees which grow in the forest, none are more famous than the towering kauri which regularly stretches to over 100 feet in height.

The park has more than just trails, however, and the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park extends to the shoreline of Auckland’s west coast. The sunsets from here are particularly stunning, and the thundering surf crashing into the bluffs casts an eerie spray over the black sand beaches.

While public transport extends to the beaches, exploring the hills and the various hiking tracks will require the use of a personal car. Along the aptly-named Scenic Drive, visitors can stop at the Arataki Visitors Center and peruse displays which teach about the park. Or, for one of the best views of Auckland, there are numerous places along the side of the road where the view stretches eastwards and looks back at the city.

Even though Auckland is a booming metropolis which houses a quarter of New Zealand’s population, the Waitakere Ranges provide a rugged escape where the serenity of nature is only a short drive away.

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Waitakere Ranges Guided Walk from Auckland, Auckland, null
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Waitakere Ranges Guided Walk from Auckland

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Veer off the tourist trail to experience Auckland's west coast on a full-day trip to the Waitakere Ranges. Only 40 minutes from the city, you can amble through ...  Read more

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

From USD $204.34
Waitakere Ranges Wilderness Experience Eco-Tour from Auckland, Auckland, Hiking & Camping
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Waitakere Ranges Wilderness Experience Eco-Tour from Auckland

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Explore and admire Auckland's largest regional park, the Waitakere Ranges on this afternoon eco-tour. You'll be picked up from your centrally located ...  Read more

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

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Full-Day Piha and Waitakere Ecotour Including Lunch from Auckland, Auckland, Day Trips
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Full-Day Piha and Waitakere Ecotour Including Lunch from Auckland

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Just 30-mins from the hustle and bustle of Auckland’s CBD lies the undiscovered West Coast. Rugged cliffs plunge into crashing surf, black sand beaches ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Piha and Karekare Rainforest Wine Tour from Auckland, Auckland, Day Trips
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Piha and Karekare Rainforest Wine Tour from Auckland

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Discover the famous wineries and top natural attractions of New Zealand’s North Island on this 7.5-hour Piha and Karekare rainforest tour from Auckland. Travel ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Coast and Rainforest Walk Eco-Tour from Auckland, Auckland, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Coast and Rainforest Walk Eco-Tour from Auckland

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This full day tour is for lovers of nature and walking, your experienced local nature guide will take you to a range of rainforest, beach and clifftop walks. ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

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Auckland Highlights combined with Wilderness Experience Eco-Tour, Auckland, Day Trips
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Auckland Highlights combined with Wilderness Experience Eco-Tour

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This tour combines the best of Auckland city with the best of Auckland nature in the afternoon. The Auckland City tour is an easy morning  introduction ...  Read more

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

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Private Tour: Full-Day Piha and Waitakere Eco-Tour Including Lunch from Auckland, Auckland, ... 
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Private Tour: Full-Day Piha and Waitakere Eco-Tour Including Lunch from Auckland

Enjoy this private tour for you and your family or friends. Enjoy this Piha and Waitakere day trip. Just 30-mins from the hustle and bustle of Auckland’s CBD ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible

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Full-Day Piha and Waitakere Eco-Tour with Surf Lesson from Auckland, Auckland, Private Day Trips
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Full-Day Piha and Waitakere Eco-Tour with Surf Lesson from Auckland

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Combine the Piha and Waitakere Eco-Tour with a fun surf lesson at the most iconic surf destination in New Zealand, for an ultimate day trip to the West Coast, ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

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Private Tour: Piha and Waitakere Eco-Tour with Surf Lesson from Auckland, Auckland, Day Trips
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Private Tour: Piha and Waitakere Eco-Tour with Surf Lesson from Auckland

Combine a Piha and Waitakere Eco-Tour with a fun surf lesson at the best surf beach in New Zealand, for an ultimate private day trip to the West Coast, just ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible

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Auckland Maori Tour, Auckland, Surfing & Windsurfing
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Auckland Maori Tour

See the very best sights of Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) and the wild West Coast with an indigenous guide. Explore some of Auckland’s amazing volcanoes, ...  Read more

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

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