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Explore the Waitakere Ranges and the North Island’s rugged west coast, including Black Sand 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. 

Highlights

  • 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
  • Enjoy light refreshments
  • See native wildlife
  • Local english-speaking guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from centrally located Auckland hotels

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What You Can Expect

Waitakere Ranges Wilderness Experience Eco-Tour from Auckland

Wilderness Experience Eco-Tour from Auckland

After pickup from your centrally located hotel, depart Auckland on a 30-minute drive west to the Arataki Centre — 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.

Learn about the region’s history from your guide during your visit to Auckland's largest regional park, followed by a drive all the way to the North Island’s wild coastline. Here, get out of the vehicle to walk along the shores of Black Sand Beach and marvel at the namesake 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 guide identifies native flora and fauna before returning you to Aukland with drop-off at your hotel. 

This tour operator won the 2007 New Zealand Small Tourism Business Operator Award.

Customer Reviews

Sarah L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was a great way to get out of the city. The black sand beach was beautiful. We had time to walk around and take photos. I never felt rushed. The driver was informative and super funny. The hike to the waterfall was super easy for me, but I am an avid hiker. It's pretty easy going though and worth seeing the beautiful waterfall. Great trip all around!

Julie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Spectacular! Shawn was excellent. We packed a bunch of walking into 6 hours. Do this trip!!

john c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great time and awesome scenery.highly reccomend

hinarox

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour and the tour guides were great. We had a great time!

scotts.66

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was great. Dawn was our guide and Goeff was the driver. They were a great combination of knowledge a land humor. The views were magnificent. We got to walk in the rainforest to a waterfall. We got to walk on the beach, put our feet in the Tasman Sea and get out of the city.

John W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great experience with very knowledgeable guides who added to the enjoyment of the day

ritawdurham

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Enjoyed very much our first day Auckland. Bus driver very knowledgeable and humorous. Was a great start to our vacation.

Denise S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was a wonderful tour. Our guide was very helpful and knowledgeable and the views were stunning. Remember to bring your camera and good walking shoes our guide chose to do a harder walk after all, so it was a bit tougher than expected, but well worth the effort.

Timothy H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This outing was a lot of fun. We got to trek through the woods and see a waterfall that was over 100 feet tall. We also got to see the black sand beach. The guides were interesting and informative. They even broke out the tea and cookies after the hike. The hotel pick up and drop off was very convenient. It was a very good use of the afternoon.

Robert W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Went to all the best places! Staff were so friendly and full of knowledge! Wasn't rushed and we always had enough time to take as many photos as we wanted. Would recommended it to anyone, great value for money!

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