• Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
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Explore Piha, the West Coast, and the Waitakere Ranges on a tour that includes a surf lesson at a famous New Zealand surf destination. Only 30 minutes drive from Auckland, discover subtropical wilderness, tall waterfalls, panoramic views of the city and Waitakere Ranges, and Maori culture at the Arataki Visitor Centre. Learn to surf at Piha beach with an expert instructor, and have lunch at the Piha Cafe.

Highlights

  • 7-hour tour to Piha and the Waitakere Ranges, from Auckland
  • Take a 3-hour surfing lesson at a stunning Piha beach
  • Snap photos of Auckland and the Waitakere Ranges
  • Learn about Maori culture and look for New Zealand's native wildlife
  • Includes morning snacks and lunch at the Piha Cafe, all surfing equipment, and hotel pickup and drop-off

What You Can Expect

After morning pickup from your central Auckland accommodation, ride in a comfortable vehicle to Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, a scenic drive that takes roughly 30 minutes.

Stop first at the Arataki Visitor Centre, which offers sweeping views of Auckland. Then learn about Maori traditions, and see native plants and wildlife including the Kauri tree and the weta, flightless insects that are endemic to New Zealand.

Next up, take an easy walk into the bush that takes you to one of Piha’s cascading waterfalls. Look for native wildlife such as the New Zealand longfin eel, and birds like the kereru and pukeko.

Continue to the Piha coast, stopping at a famous lookout point that offers great photo ops. Head down to the beach for your 3-hour surf lesson.

Your qualified surfing instructor provides a full safety briefing before starting your lesson on the beach. Learn the basics of paddling out, catching waves, water safety, and more, during a lesson that includes all necessary surf equipment. Simply bring your own swim gear and towel. After your surfing lesson, have free time to explore Piha’s black-sand beach.

Snack on provided light refreshments in the morning, and have lunch at the family-run Piha Cafe.

Your 7-hour tour ends with return to your Auckland hotel in the afternoon.

Customer Reviews

Lynne C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Our Piha tour was really fun, super small group and our guide was incredibly friendly! All of the sites were worth going to and learning about the Maori culture was super fascinating! Surf lesson was great and I was able to catch a few waves!! The surfing instructor favored my husband more so I was kinda left on my own for awhile but other than that, everything was spot on awesome.

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