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See the untamed beauty of New Zealand’s west coast of this North Island day trip from Auckland. An informative guide transports you to the Waitakere Ranges, with a stop at the Arataki Visitor Centre overlook for views of the Tasman Sea out to the Pacific Ocean. Admire Maori carvings before a guided rainforest walk, then visit giant kauri trees and one of the area’s magnificent black-sand beaches. Picnic lunch and light refreshments are included.

Highlights

  • Travel to New Zealand's wild and rugged west coast on this scenic and relaxing full day tour from Auckland
  • Breathtaking panoramic views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch
  • Visit the Arataki Center, gateway to the Waitakere Ranges
  • See traditional Maori carvings
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from Auckland

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What You Can Expect

Coast and Rainforest Walk Eco-Tour from Auckland

Coast and Rainforest Walk Tour from Auckland

Start your day trip to the windswept western coastline north of Auckland with pickup from your city hotel. After a short drive, you’ll arrive at the Arataki Visitor Centre, considered the gateway to the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, which contains more than 39,500 acres (16,000 hectares) of rugged coast and rainforest.

From the panoramic decks, enjoy sweeping views of the Tasman Sea extending all the way to the Pacific. View traditional Maori carvings on display while your guide focuses on the natural and cultural heritage of the area.

Continue further west to the coastal rainforest and learn about native flora and fauna unique to New Zealand — 70 percent of which can be found nowhere else in the world! Walk alongside giant tree ferns growing near the stream, then dig your toes in the black sands of one of the region’s notorious beaches, bordered by rocky outcrops. 

Enjoy a picnic lunch, served at a scenic location, before continuing your journey to an old-growth forest of giant kauri trees, some of them 1,000 years old. Listen for native birds as you walk among thee majestic giants, then re-board your vehicle for the return to Auckland.

This tour operator is a winner of the New Zealand 2007 Small Tourism Business Operator Award.

Customer Reviews

Anne M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent tour. Sean was very friendly and knowledgeable. I had a wanderful day, probably the best one day tour in my trip to NZ!

Mae F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This was one of the highlights of my holiday in NZ. Our guide was knowledgeable and was able to answer our queries. We went to 3 different locations which showed us the main features of the sub tropical rainforest and it was hard to believe that we were so close to urban Auck!and. If you want to get up close to the natural environment of this area then this is the trip for you.

Jane S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Excellent in every way! Our tour guy Warren was the best and a great communicator. He was intent on making our experience memorable and managed our time so well. We all really enjoyed the day!

Shawn A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

We had a great tour with our tour guide Tony. Tony was great and very knowledgeable of the area. The sites were breath taking. We had a great lunch at the beach as we watched surfers do their thing. It was a great trip and I recommend it to everyone..

Pratit

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

It was a private tour organized for our group of 4 persons. The tour was well organized and very informative. The nature was so pristine. We were very happy that we made the trip. The day was well spent!

alehtsan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

I had a great time. I was on a small tour of five people and was able to walk around and feel the atmosphere of the place. There are no shopping trips though only nature walks around the black sanded beaches and the forest.

Janet G Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Excellent

Thomas A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Excellent tour. Guide was very good and really liked the packed lunch.

William W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

great tour. It was a small group of 5 so we were able to go where larger groups and buses could. Beatiful scenery and great exercise. Not for someone who doesn't want to walk!

Gathoni N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Highly recommended. Wayne (the tour guide) was hilarious and gave the group a fantastic commentary!

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