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clock-o6 hours (Approx.)
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Escape the concrete jungle of Auckland for a natural adventure along the North Island’s west coast during this 6-hour trip to Piha and Waitakere. Explore this eco-region’s wealth of rugged sea cliffs, black-sand beaches, towering ‘Kauri’ trees and gushing waterfalls, learning about local Maori traditions and native wildlife along the way.
  • Discover the beauty of the Piha and Waitakere regions near Auckland
  • Admire the natural beauty of the areas' black-sand beaches, waterfalls, forests and local wildlife
  • Learn about traditional Maori culture and creatures like the weta at Arataki Visitor Centre
  • Hike to Lion Rock or watch the waves on a black sand beach in the Piha area
  • Great outdoor escape near Auckland
You’ll make your first stop of the day at the Arataki Visitor Centre, where you can gaze out at the panoramic vistas of Auckland and its two harbors. This cultural center also offers unique insight into Maori culture thanks to a variety of Maori carvings on display. You can also learn more about local wildlife in the area, including the ‘weta’ insect and the sky-high ‘Kauri’ trees.
Continue deeper into this wilderness area by heading to the nearby Piha region. You’ll take a short walk to visit a picturesque cascade of waterfalls, and search for native creatures such as the long fin eels and the ‘Keruru’ bird. Make your last activity stop of the morning at one of Piha’s black-sand beaches, a site where you can explore the famous Lion Rock, take a quick dip, or simply sit back and watch the pounding surf.

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, Sep 2018

We had an amazing time with Dave! He arrived to pick us up on time. He kept the drive out to the visitor center interesting with information about where we were going and what was coming up. Facilitated some awesome pictures of the rainforest, the waterfall, and the black sand beach. We were never rushed, he gave us the time to really take in the environment. There was a little rain when we set off from the hotel but it cleared off. Overall, it was a fantastic day! Dave was like a friend who took us around for a day out of the city.

K
, Aug 2018

First of all - the amount of people going on our tour consisted of a whole whopping two of us. The fact that the company didn't cancel the excursion because of that is amazing. Dave, our tour guide, was waiting for us in the lobby on time and ready to go. Since it was just my friend and I, Dave allowed us to tailor the day to what best fit our interests. He was very knowledgeable, and had several funny anecdotes about the areas we were visiting. He was also friendly and easy going. Bless his heart, we must have changed the plans on him no less than 5 times, and he happily rolled with the punches each time. We were able to see everything we wanted to, including two truly gorgeous waterfalls, and Dave made it so that we were able to experience the beauty of New Zealand in the way that appealed to us the most. Even if we did have to share this tour with others, the places we visited were stunning, and ended up being some of the top highlights of our trip overall. Great day, impressive scenery and wonderful tour guide.

K
, Mar 2018

Mylo was an amazing guide! He was knowledgeable, friendly and fun. He took us on a great tour of seeing coastline, waterfalls and beaches. I highly recommend him and his company.

c
, Mar 2018

This was a really good tour, made the better by MIlo. He at no time rushed us along, and kept things going at our pace, not his. That was appreciated. The cultural centre was interesting, and the surf beach fun. But the highlight for us was the opportunity to swim in a waterfall which was only a short stroll from our parking spot. Milo's knowledge, being a local, and story telling added to the day immensely. Would recommend this tour for people of all ages.

G
, Jan 2018

Milo was a great host and showed us some super scenery. Waterfall was highlight but the day was well worth the price and time.

D
, Dec 2017

A truly flexible small group tour. Outstanding vistas, beaches and local information. The option of eating at the store next door, rather than waste time at a busy restaurant was an excellent decision by the tour guide. And the food was great!

D
, Nov 2017

Great tour of the western outskirts of Auckland, and Piha with the black sand beaches. The Aratiki visitor center was also interesting.
Milo was a great guide! Had a good lunch at a cute and quaint cafe near the beach.

p
, Jun 2017

The tour guide was exelent! Surfer that lives in piha. Realy nice and interesting chat. Lovely place todo visit.

W
, May 2017

Our guide Paul was really friendly, knowledgeable and entertaining. Our group was nice and small, only about 7 of us. Piha beach was beautiful and the walks were reasonably easy, even with the need to carry our 2yr old all the way up the cliff. I'd probably wish for a bit more time there, to relax by the beach and enjoy the breeze. Otherwise the duration of the tour was just nice and the views were stunning.

K
, May 2017

GREAT tour! Our tour guide Paul was amazing. Picked us up right from our hotel. He was a very nice guy and very informative about New Zealand. You get to see many great things in this tour including a spectacular waterfall. Piha of course is stunning.


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