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See New Zealand’s coastal rainforest and black-sand beaches on a full-day shore excursion from the Auckland port. Visit Waitakere Ranges Regional Park for a guided bush walk and marvel at traditional Maori carvings and thousand-year-old kauri trees. Enjoy views over the Tasman Sea and savor a Kiwi-style picnic lunch on this small-group tour, with personalized attention from your professional guide.


  • Coast and rainforest small-group tour from Auckland
  • See breathtaking panoramic views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean
  • Walk on the soft black sand of an awe-inspiring west coast beach
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch before taking a stroll in a lush rainforest and see 1,000-year-old kauri trees
  • Enter the Arataki Visitor Center, gateway to the Waitakere Ranges
  • View traditional Maori carvings
  • Small-group tour ensures a personalized experience with your guide
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Auckland Shore Excursion: Small-Group Coast and Rainforest Tour

Auckland Shore Excursion: Small-Group Coast and Rainforest Tour

When your ship pulls into port in Auckland, enjoy a full-day shore excursion exploring the rugged west coast of the North Island. After pickup near the cruise terminal, climb inside a comfortable vehicle for the drive to the Waitakere Ranges, Auckland’s largest regional park.

You’ll make a stop at the Arataki Visitor Centre, where customary Maori carvings stand guard. From the outdoor decks, take in a coastal panorama of the Tasman Sea, with views reaching all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

At your next stop, disembark for a moderate walk through a coastal rainforest. Follow your guide on a forest path alongside burbling streams and gaze up at giant tree ferns as you get acquainted with New Zealand’s native flora and fauna. Finish with a stroll along a black-sand beach and work up an appetite for your picnic lunch at a picturesque spot.

After you’ve refueled, continue your journey to an untouched forest of virgin kauri trees, some as mature as 1,000 years old. Listen for birdsong amid the canopy and hear from your guide some fascinating tidbits of New Zealand natural history. Feel free to ask any questions about the country’s unique plant life, 70 percent of which evolved in isolation and are found nowhere else in the world.

Your shore excursion ends with the return drive to Auckland and drop-off at the port. 

Worry-Free Shore Excursion: 
We will ensure your timely return to the Auckland cruise port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

Sarah H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Wonderful tour around Auckland. Our guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable. We saw some beautiful beaches and rainforest. Lovely small group. Amazing trip

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