• Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
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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

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. Note – a brief stop is made at a local bakery for those who have not had lunch.  You are welcome to eat on the bus!

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 expert guide identifies native flora and fauna before returning you to Aukland with drop-off at your hotel. 

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

Customer Reviews

Eric S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Absolutely amazing trip. Gorgeous sites, very knowledgeable and friendly guides. Wonderful introduction to the sites and concerns of New Zealand Bush

Gisela D K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

The tour was a wonderful escape from the city. The trip from East to West, the Pacific ocean to the Tasman sea, was filled with beautiful overlooks, a waterfall, a black sand beach and an easy, very informative nature hike. We were even served with tea, coffee and cookies at our beach stop.

emaillisakirchner

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We really enjoyed our trip to Waitakere Ranges and Piha Beach! The pick-up was on time, the tour bus was comfortabel, the guide was great !, we learned a lot about New Zealand's flora and fauna which was very relevant for the rest of our trip and both Waitakere Ranges and Piha Beach are beautiful areas to see. We would definitely recommend this trip!

Sophie R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Fantastic tour our guides Shaun and Dawn were fabulous, made me feel immediately welcome and were extremely knowledgeable about the local history. The bus was air conditioned and comfortable, and had just the right number of people to feel friendly. We started off by stopping at a bakery to pick up some lunch, and then went on to the national park to admire the view and go on a very informative forest walk. Shaun was very knowledgeable about the different trees and plants and was full of interesting facts and stories. We also stopped by the stunning Piha beach and had tea, coffee, cold drinks and home made cookies baked by Dawn. We were also kept entertained on the journey with interesting stories about the history of the area. Overall excellent tour and I would highly recommend. Thank-you to Shaun and Dawn for your excellent guiding!

Michael G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Sean and David were our guides on this beautiful trip to the Waitakere Ranges area of Auckland. They were wonderful, very knowledgeable of what we were seeing, full of interesting information and so very friendly! We highly recommend this tour!!

Tamar T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Our guide and driver David and Bryan could not have been nicer. The places we visited the Black beeches and the various forests
Were both beautiful and interesting.
Their knowledge of the ecology of the area we visited and the plants was impressive.
For me it was it was a real treat. On several tours I used to ask questions about the plants here I got very detailed answers. A real treat for any plant lover!
They surprised us with a lovely high tea/coffee picnic .
Was a great day highly recommend it.

Esmee S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Really liked the tour and the tour guides!

Esmee S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Really liked the tour and the tour guides!

Monica S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Had so much fun! Tour guide knew what he was talking about and we saw some really beautiful sites!

Erkki K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Nice tour to experience the rain forest, waterfall and one of the local black sand beaches.

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