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Coast and Rainforest Eco-Tour from Auckland with Lunch

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
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See the untamed beauty of New Zealand’s west coast on this North Island day trip from Auckland. Travel with a guide to the Waitakere Ranges, with a stop at the Arataki Visitor Centre overlook for views of the Tasman Sea out to the Pacific Ocean. Admire Maori carvings before a guided rainforest walk, then visit giant kauri trees and one of the area’s magnificent black sand beaches. Picnic lunch and light refreshments are included.
  • Travel to New Zealand's rugged west coast on this scenic and relaxing full-day tour from Auckland
  • Panoramic views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch
  • Visit the Arataki Center, gateway to the Waitakere Ranges
  • See traditional Maori carvings
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Auckland
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Hotel pickup and drop off
Local guide
Light refreshments
Picnic lunch
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Departure Point

Victoria Street &, Federal Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

If you have not confirmed an inner city hotel pick up with us then our central meeting point is SkyCity Grand Hotel (90 Federal Street). If you are meeting here this will need to be confirmed with us. Please call to confirm the night prior - 0800 423 224

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Start your day trip to the windswept western coastline north of Auckland with pickup from your city hotel. After a short drive, you’ll arrive at the Arataki Visitor Centre, considered the gateway to the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, which contains more than 39,500 acres (16,000 hectares) of rugged coast and rainforest.

From the panoramic decks, enjoy sweeping views of the Tasman Sea extending all the way to the Pacific. View traditional Maori carvings on display while your guide focuses on the natural and cultural heritage of the area.

Continue further west to the coastal rainforest and learn about native flora and fauna unique to New Zealand — 70 percent of which can be found nowhere else in the world. Walk alongside giant tree ferns growing near the stream, then dig your toes in the black sands of one of the region’s notorious beaches, bordered by rocky outcrops. 

Enjoy a picnic lunch, served at a scenic location, before continuing your journey to an old-growth forest of giant kauri trees, some of them 1,000 years old. Listen for native birds as you walk among thee majestic giants, then re-board your vehicle for the return to Auckland.
Stop At:  
Arataki Visitor Centre - Waitakere Ranges
After pick up from your Auckland city centre hotel we have a short (30min) drive to the Arataki Visitor Centre – gateway to the coastal rainforest. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views over the rainforest back to the city and across to Auckland’s southern harbour. The visitors centre is also home to some traditional Maori carvings and your guide will talk about them and explain their significance for the area.Your eco-tour includes a guided walk in an area of original rainforest where ancient kauri trees tower over the unique trees and plants that have developed separately from the rest of the world for millions of years. Your experienced guide will explain about the local plants and animals as you stroll through the forest.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Karekare Falls
Next your guide will take you out to the west coast to enjoy a kiwi-style picnic lunch at a scenic location. After lunch walk the clifftop tracks with stunning views along the coast and out across the Tasman Sea. Then walk in regenerating rainforest with giant tree ferns and palm trees growing alongside the picturesque stream to unwind by a spectacular cascading waterfall.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Piha Beach
During the day we go to an awe-inspiring west coast beach where you can stroll along the soft black sand beach, watch the surf waves crashing in and feel the clear ocean breeze. This unique small group tour operator is a Qualmark Endorsed Visitor Activity and provides expert guided eco-tours in the greater Auckland region - a company delivering a quality product focusing on the natural and cultural heritage of the area. Winner of the Small Business Operator of the year for 2016 from the New Zealand Tourism Export Council As well as keeping you entertained and informed, our guides will make sure you have plenty of opportunities to ask questions and make sure there are lots of photo opportunities. We have been running tours in this area for over 34 years so you will be being looked after by the local experts.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kitekite Falls
Enjoy a walk up to Kitekite Falls at Piha - your guides will show you trees and hopefully birds, along the riverside path with beautiful trees leading up to the waterfall
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Moderate level of walking ability required.
  • Please note: tour includes a minimum of 3x 1 hour walks, including stairs
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not recommended for travelers who find stairs challenging
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bush and Beach
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Coast and Rainforest Eco-Tour from Auckland with Lunch?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Coast and Rainforest Eco-Tour from Auckland with Lunch?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Coast and Rainforest Eco-Tour from Auckland with Lunch?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "Also alot of the roads are narrow and twisty, so be forewarned if you are prone to motion sickness." See review


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A terrific day out from the city
, Mar 2020
A terrific tour! Amazing scenery, super knowledgeable, patient guide, yummy lunch and a good amount of free time to enjoy Piha beach. Rainforest walk was great - not too difficult and well worth the effort. I really recommend this!
West coast Auckland
, Mar 2020
Small bus tour with guide Tony, and my 4 fellow travellers was a wonderful day. Tony made the tour personable, easy, fact filled, and the weather helped with a beautiful day. Seeing the rainforest, the waterfall, the birds, the black sand, and the awesome views was truly a memorable day! And the kiwi pie lunch was great!
Beautiful Small Group Trip
, Feb 2020
The places you see were so lovely! Even though it was raining the beaches were gorgeous! The lunch in Piha was top notch and the walk to see the Kauri trees was just lovely! It was topped off by a very lovely tour guide and a good small group in the van as well! I'd recommend this trip to anyone!
Our picnic lunch
, Feb 2020
Taking this full day tour was the best decision I made. Alexander was a superb guide and gracious host.
Educational and inspiring
, Feb 2020
Geoff was a great guide, full of information, helpful tips. No question was left unanswered. I do wish we could have seen one of the falls we visited that was only 10 minutes away in the rainforest park we visited since we were already there, but apparently that's on another one of this company's tours.
Graet way to see and learn more about the Waitekere's
, Feb 2020
Interesting informative trip to the Waitekere's -- enjoyed the view from Akatari, the waterfall at Kerekere and Piha beach was beautiful. Geoff's knowledge of the history, trees, and animals made the trip enjoyable throughout.
Best Tour Around!
, Nov 2019
This was absolutely fantastic tour of views the nature of NZ. Our tour guide was fantastic. Would do again on my next trip to New Zealand!
Many beautiful views
, Apr 2019
We had a great time second different beaches and doing a variety of short hikes to see a lot of new Zealands beauty! We learned a lot about new Zealand history and plant and wild life. The guide was very passionate about perserving new Zealands natural beauty and was a pleasure to be around
Full-day small group tour through...
Eileen D
, Sep 2018
Full-day small group tour through forest and black sand beaches. Stefan, our guide was very knowledgeable and equal parts naturalist, hiking guide and Rennaisance man. The all-day tour covers alot of ground, so be prepared to walk. Caution to those with bad joints/bad backs, as the terrain is often uneven and there are various uphill segments. Also alot of the roads are narrow and twisty, so be forewarned if you are prone to motion sickness. The views are spectacular, and worth the exertion. Walking onto the black sand beach was like walking on an alien planet. Highly recommend.
This was a wonderful tour. Dawn was...
Tracey B
, May 2017
This was a wonderful tour. Dawn was our guide. I was a little uncertain about the trip because the weather promised rain during the day, but we still were able to see a lot of nature as the rain came and went. Very easy going tour. We hit the major highlights but never felt like I was on a schedule or someone else's schedule. Learned a great deal about the areas we visited and a lot about New Zealand during short hikes and our van rides. I would recommend to anyone who was interested in getting away from Auckland for a day, but doesn't want to commit to a lot of travel time to do so. So many wonderful pictures. A very calm, fun, beautiful day.

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