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Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand
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Explore the Waitakere Ranges rainforest and Auckland’s rugged west coast, including Piha Beach, during an afternoon tour with a guide who is knowledgeable about New Zealand flora and fauna. From the Arataki Centre, admire sweeping views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Learn about Maori history, stroll the beach and take a nature walk through a lush rainforest while you experience Auckland's largest regional park.
  • Admire the amazing Waitakere Ranges on this afternoon tour from Auckland
  • Visit Arataki Center, gateway to the Waitakere Ranges
  • Breathtaking panoramic views of the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from centrally located Auckland hotels
After pickup from your centrally located hotel, depart Auckland on the drive west to the Arataki Centre — the gateway to the breathtaking Waitakere Ranges. Snap photos of traditional Maori carvings that stand sentinel as you soak up breathtaking views, from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Note – a brief stop is made at a local bakery for those who have not had lunch.

Learn about the region’s history from your guide during your visit to Auckland's largest regional park, followed by a drive to the North Island’s wild coastline. Here, walk along the shores of Piha Beach and marvel at the black sand beneath your feet.

You’ll continue to experience the awe-inspiring power of New Zealand’s nature with a short trip to a lush rainforest setting. Enjoy an easy bush walk along a path through giant tree ferns and as you listen for the calls of local birds. Your expert guide identifies native flora and fauna before returning you to Auckland with drop-off at your hotel.

This tour operator won the Tourism Export Council 2016 Operator of the Year Award.

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Pretty good afternoon
, Oct 2019
This was a secondary tour for me as the other one never picked me up and I quickly booked this one. All in all a good day - despite less than ideal weather. Beautiful areas.
Excellent in short time
, Jul 2019
Very nice short trip from Auckland. The guide knowledge beyind expectations. Black sand beach in Piha is amazing
A great time!
, Jun 2019
Unbelievable scenery, a beautiful tour. The guides were knowledgeable and kept everyone interested. A must do.
Great trip!
, Jun 2019
My daughter and I enjoyed this trip immensely. Right on time and very environmentally friendly tour - that is always important to us!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Thank you for joining us. Being environmentally-friendly is very important to us and we are proud of our CarboNZero status!
had the best day with sean
, Jun 2019
Sean provided us with the best experience. Highly recommend this tour if you love the outdoors and learning.
Knowing NZ better..
, May 2019
My tour guide was a very knowledgeable guy. He gave me a lot of details of the vegetation we've encountered throughout our journey. I probably made the best choice of choosing this tour, as it gives one a bit of everything.
Awesome half day trip from Auckland
Brian P
, Mar 2019
Very well run with excellent communication. I booked the morning of the trip and it wasn’t a problem. Amazing views. Our guide Dawn was very fun and informative. The half day flew by. Highly recommend.
Enjoyable Excursion
, Jan 2019
This tour gives you a nice half day sampler of the western ranges and Tasman Sea black sand beaches, just under an hour from Auckland. Well led by a guide and driver pair with on-time shuttle pick up from our CBD area hotel.
Bush & Beach
Dian N
, Dec 2018
Fun fun fun! Packed with great information. Dawn & Damien we’re delightful, attentive and very inclusive. What a great day!
A day in the bush
, Dec 2018
A fabulous day in the wilderness. Kevin was an exceptional guide. Very knowledgeable about how New Zealand is trying to bring back its native species, both bird and vegetation.

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