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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. 


  • 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

Kyle W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Wayne was an awesome and knowledgeable tour guide. He had extensive knowledge of the floral and fauna throughout the entire tour. The cookies and tea, at the end, were a really nice touch too.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Thank you for a nice trip!!

Jeffrey T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This tour was awesome! The guide was very knowledgeable of each location we visited. Some very cool crates and geo-thermal sights I've never seen in my life. Easy to communicate with, they picked us up from our hotel and dropped off same.. Thank you!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

By far the BEST tour I had in New Zealand. The guides were incredibly funny and engaging. I signed-up for the tour by myself, and the guides went above and beyond to make me feel included in the group. You learn so much about the ecology and cultural history of New Zealand without feeling like you're listening to a lecture. It's obvious that the tour guides are passionate about this area and love sharing it with visitors.

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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

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


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

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