• Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
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See the untamed beauty of New Zealand’s west coast on this North Island day trip from Auckland. Travel with a guide 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.


  • Travel to New Zealand's rugged west coast on this scenic and relaxing full-day tour from Auckland
  • 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

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.

Customer Reviews

Tracey B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

This was a wonderful tour. Dawn was our guide. I was a little uncertain about the trip because the weather promised rain during the day, but we still were able to see a lot of nature as the rain came and went. Very easy going tour. We hit the major highlights but never felt like I was on a schedule or someone else's schedule. Learned a great deal about the areas we visited and a lot about New Zealand during short hikes and our van rides. I would recommend to anyone who was interested in getting away from Auckland for a day, but doesn't want to commit to a lot of travel time to do so. So many wonderful pictures. A very calm, fun, beautiful day.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great all-day tour outside Auckland to a surrounding temperate rain forest and to the west coast. David was a excellent driver/tour guide, and found a wonderful secluded place for us to have lunch away from the beach because it was a day with unusually high winds.

Amy O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This tour was fantastic. Scenery was beautiful and the hiking was perfect. Our tour guide, Kevin, was amazing---knowledgeable, friendly, and enthusiastic. We loved it.

Maxwell R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very knowledgeble guide with enthusiasm for his trip. A good choice

Maxwell R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very knowledgeble guide with enthusiasm for his trip. A good choice

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..


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!

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