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Coast and Rainforest Walk Eco-Tour from Auckland

  • 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
Coast and Rainforest Walk Eco-Tour from Auckland
From US$175.44
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Coast and Rainforest Walk Eco-Tour from Auckland
From US$175.44
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.
What to Expect
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.
Reviews (49)
1 - 5 of 13 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Beautiful walks and excellent local knowledge

I only had a few days in NZ/Auckland and was very torn as to what to do on my last day, and I'm so glad I chose this. Just a short drive and you're in a lush area of sub tropical forest, walking around and...More

Thank icklenellierose
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Great day trip

Max group size 6 (we had 3), meaning there is space on the bus and the tour is not encumbered by a large number of people. We had 6 stops (including lunch), 4 walks with quality vistas and flora/fauna information, refreshments in addition to lunch...More

Thank Mythaluk
Reviewed 4 November 2018
Great entertainers

Dawn and Wayne were excellent guides and drivers for this trip, very informative, putting everyone at ease with their humour.

Thank Margaret H
Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile
Super day

I hooe I have the name of the tour correct. Erin was our guide and was a helpful friendly fountain of knowledge throughout. The forest was amazing and the beach a source of great photo ops and the ocean was overwhelming. All in a) a...More

Thank David W
Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile
Beautiful Natural Areas so close to the City

We had the pleasure of spending the day with Tony who was a fantastic guide. He was very knowledgeable about the areas vegetation and birds as well as the local culture. He was able to take us to some spots that were truly hidden gems,...More

Thank bryanc757
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26 November 2018|
Response from Margaret H | Reviewed this property |
I was in New Zealand with a tour and we went out at12.30/ 1.00 and returned by 5.30 pm. I can't say if this was standard or a private arrangement. But it was very interesting and entertaining.