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Visit the Waitakere Ranges on an easy day trip from Auckland, including a 4- to 5-hour guided forest walk among New Zealand’s ancient kauri trees to a hidden waterfall and cliffs, black sand beaches and native sub-tropical rainforest. The vast stretch of rocky outcrops and western coastline belonging to the Waitakere Ranges Regional Parkland lies only 40 minutes outside the city. See views of Manukau Harbour and amble along the shoreline of a black-sand beach overlooking the Tasman Sea, then refuel with a picnic lunch.

Highlights

  • Guided 4- to 5-hour wilderness walk in the Waitakere Ranges from Auckland
  • View exhibits on native wildlife at the Arataki Visitor Centre
  • See amazing views over Manukau Harbour
  • Stop at one of the region's most beautiful black-sand beaches
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch and snack breaks
  • Listen to your guide's illuminating commentary

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You get to follow uncharted paths that can't even be found in guidebooks, and it's right in Auckland's backyard!

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What You Can Expect

Waitakere Ranges Guided Walk from Auckland

Waitakere Ranges guided walk

Veer off the tourist trail to the North Island’s west coast, starting your day trip to the Waitakere Ranges with hotel pickup in Auckland. Passing through the artsy town of Titirangi, enjoy the 40-minute drive to this enchanting region, where native rainforest collides with a rugged coastline. 
Learn about the wildlife and lush vegetation of the Waitakere Ranges’ subtropical rainforest during a visit to the Arataki Visitor Centre, which boasts sweeping views over Auckland's cityscape all the way to Manukau Harbour. 
Then embark on a 4- to 5-hour guided bush walk through a canopy of ubiquitous giant tree ferns and red-flowered pohutukawa trees (aka New Zealand Christmas trees). Learn from your guide’s illuminating commentary how the indigenous Maori used particular plants for medicinal purposes.
Includes a visit to a spectacular waterfall and coastal lookouts for splendid views of the Tasman Sea. The dramatic scenery was featured in The Piano, an Oscar-winning movie by New Zealand filmmaker Jane Campion.
Depending on the weather, you’ll stop for a picnic lunch along the way. After lunch, continue your bush walk down to a beach covered in black sand, where you can stroll alongside the pounding surf or even dip your toes in the Tasman Sea if the weather allows.
Rest your feet on the return trip to downtown Auckland, with drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Kenneth W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Truly an amazing hike. We thought we'd be part of a group, but it ended up being a private tour with just my wife and I middle of the week?. Sofia our guide grew up in the area and had extensive knowledge to share with us. She tailored the day based on our skills is that why we walked up that volcanic crater for the view of the city at the beginning of the day?. We hike along the coast, visited Kitekite Falls, and Piha beach. Would definitely do again if we return.

blessmyhome7

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was one of the best tours we did while in Auckland. We had an awesome tour guide whose family is Maori, so she had all sorts of forklore stories and information on the politics of the area. It is a long day with alot to see and take in, but worth the price. A great bargain. I would do this tour again just for the scenery of the beachhead and the picnic lunch we had at the waterfall.

CLAUDE NORMAN N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was an excellent and highly personalized experience with a small group. The perfect choice of guided walks made us possible for us to discover a range of extraordinary landscapes. Our guide, Neil, was very friendly, very knowledgeable and well-organized. We highly recommend this tour to discover the Auckland area!

Rachel P

4 star rating: Recommended January 2016

Neil was a fantastic guide. Lunch was good and the views were excellent. We thought it was a good amount of hiking, enough to see the area but with many rest/photo opportunities. We felt it was overpriced but a good trip.

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