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 Winner of the Tourism Export Council 2016 Operator of the Year Award.