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Auckland Shore Excursion: Small-Group Coast and Rainforest Tour provided by Bush and Beach

Auckland Shore Excursion: Small-Group Coast and Rainforest Tour

Auckland Shore Excursion: Small-Group Coast and Rainforest Tour
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Explore New Zealand’s rugged west coast and rainforest when you’re in port in Auckland on a scenic and invigorating full-day shore excursion. You’ll see panoramic ocean views in the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, take a guided walk through coastal rainforest and visit a forest of ancient kauri trees. You’ll also go for a walk along a black-sand beach, have a picnic lunch, and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • When your ship pulls into port in Auckland, enjoy a full-day shore excursion exploring the rugged west coast of the North Island. After pickup near the cruise terminal, climb inside a comfortable vehicle for the drive to the Waitakere Ranges, Auckland’s largest regional park. You’ll make a stop at the Arataki Visitor Centre, where customary Maori carvings stand guard. From the outdoor decks, take in a coastal panorama of the Tasman Sea, with views reaching all the way to the Pacific Ocean. At your next stop, disembark for a moderate walk through a coastal rainforest. Follow your guide on a forest path alongside burbling streams and gaze up at giant tree ferns as you get acquainted with New Zealand’s native flora and fauna. Finish with a stroll along a black-sand beach and work up an appetite for your picnic lunch at a picturesque spot. After you’ve refueled, continue your journey to an untouched forest of virgin kauri trees, some as mature as 1,000 years old. Listen for birdsong amid the canopy and hear from your guide some fascinating tidbits of New Zealand natural history. Feel free to ask any questions about the country’s unique plant life, 70 percent of which evolved in isolation and are found nowhere else in the world. Your shore excursion ends with the return drive to Auckland and drop-off at the port.  Worry-Free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Auckland cruise port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • When your ship pulls into port in Auckland, enjoy a full-day shore excursion exploring the rugged west coast of the North Island. After pickup near the cruise terminal, climb inside a comfortable vehicle for the drive to the Waitakere Ranges, Auckland’s largest regional park. You’ll make a stop at the Arataki Visitor Centre, where customary Maori carvings stand guard. From the outdoor decks, take in a coastal panorama of the Tasman Sea, with views reaching all the way to the Pacific Ocean. At your next stop, disembark for a moderate walk through a coastal rainforest. Follow your guide on a forest path alongside burbling streams and gaze up at giant tree ferns as you get acquainted with New Zealand’s native flora and fauna. Finish with a stroll along a black-sand beach and work up an appetite for your picnic lunch at a picturesque spot. After you’ve refueled, continue your journey to an untouched forest of virgin kauri trees, some as mature as 1,000 years old. Listen for birdsong amid the canopy and hear from your guide some fascinating tidbits of New Zealand natural history. Feel free to ask any questions about the country’s unique plant life, 70 percent of which evolved in isolation and are found nowhere else in the world. Your shore excursion ends with the return drive to Auckland and drop-off at the port.  Worry-Free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Auckland cruise port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3582PRTAKLBB4
Call +65 6670 9674
Important information
Inclusions
  • Cruise port pickup and drop-off at the Price Waterhouse Coopers bus stop (stop #1346), 188 Quay Street
  • Local guide
  • Light refreshments
  • Picnic lunch - please advise dietary requirements
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
7h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • If you are arriving off a ship please meet the tour at the bus stop outside the PWC building (Price Waterhouse Coopers building bus stop (Stop #1346)), 188 Quay Street, Auckland - This bus stop of located across and down the road from Ferry Building, Downtown Auckland. Pick up will be at 9.50am. Please reconfirm this with Bush and Beach prior to the cruise departure. If you are staying at a hotel, please let us know and we can give you a pick up time from there.
  • 188 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand Pick up will be from the bus stop outside the PWC building (Price Waterhouse Coopers building bus stop (Stop #1346)), 188 Quay Street, Auckland at 9.50am. Please confirm this with Bush and Beach prior to the tour.
  • Ports:
  • M Social Auckland, 196-200 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Moderate level of walking ability required. Includes approximately 2 hours of walking
  • Please advise your preferred lunch choice in the special requirements box upon booking: chicken, roast beef or vegetarian
  • All luggage must be kept aboard your ship or at a luggage storage facility at the port (own expense)
  • Minimum 2 adults required. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please note: The walking includes stairs
  • Not recommended for travelers unable to walk stairs
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers
Inclusions
  • Cruise port pickup and drop-off at the Price Waterhouse Coopers bus stop (stop #1346), 188 Quay Street
  • Local guide
  • Light refreshments
  • Picnic lunch - please advise dietary requirements
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • If you are arriving off a ship please meet the tour at the bus stop outside the PWC building (Price Waterhouse Coopers building bus stop (Stop #1346)), 188 Quay Street, Auckland - This bus stop of located across and down the road from Ferry Building, Downtown Auckland. Pick up will be at 9.50am. Please reconfirm this with Bush and Beach prior to the cruise departure. If you are staying at a hotel, please let us know and we can give you a pick up time from there.
  • 188 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand Pick up will be from the bus stop outside the PWC building (Price Waterhouse Coopers building bus stop (Stop #1346)), 188 Quay Street, Auckland at 9.50am. Please confirm this with Bush and Beach prior to the tour.
  • Ports:
  • M Social Auckland, 196-200 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
7h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Moderate level of walking ability required. Includes approximately 2 hours of walking
  • Please advise your preferred lunch choice in the special requirements box upon booking: chicken, roast beef or vegetarian
  • All luggage must be kept aboard your ship or at a luggage storage facility at the port (own expense)
  • Minimum 2 adults required. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please note: The walking includes stairs
  • Not recommended for travelers unable to walk stairs
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    188 Quay Street
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Auckland
  • 1
    Arataki Visitor Centre - Waitakere Ranges
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Karekare Falls
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Mercer Bay Loop Walk
    Stop: 45 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Kitekite Falls
    Stop: 40 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Piha Beach
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Nancy
4 contributions
coast and rainforest tour - fantastic- great guide
Feb 2020
I joined a small group on Wednesday , and definitey recommend this tour. Our guide Sean was the best! He is a former ranger who worked in the park for many years, and there was nothing he did not know. He was funny, although sometimes I was the only one who "got" his humour. Our lunch was good, as we went to a bakery/cafe where we could chose our own main dish (sandwhich or salads) and a yummy baked product, and a drink. In addition, there was thirst quenching juice and a taste of Manuka honey at the end. If you want to experience the "true" Newzealand and all it's beauty and history, take this tour.
Written 20 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sharon M
7 contributions
Great tour
Apr 2019 • Couples
We recently done this tour and found it to be excellent. Our tour guide Wayne was very informative and alot of fun. The rainforest was great and very interesting we also went to Piha beach with its black sand. All in all a Fantastic tour we would highly recommend doing this tour to anyone visiting Auckland.
Written 14 April 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Lynette M
Buffalo, NY35 contributions
Beautiful views, interesting stops and informative personable guides
Jan 2019 • Friends
Tamara and Wayne with Bush and Beach tours gave us an enjoyable, picturesque and informative tour of the rain forest and beaches surrounding Auckland, NZ. I liked that we had some free time off of the bus to enjoy walks along the beaches as well as a guided hike through the rain forest. The guides even treated us to some cookies, cold beverages and local honey. I highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Auckland.
Written 13 February 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

BibiTasmania
Tasmania91 contributions
A Nature Experience by proud New Zealanders
Nov 2018 • Friends
A true, down to earth New Zealand nature experience . You feel you are with friends from the moment you are picked up until you are returned to your hotel. The caring, knowledgeable guides, share their love and pride in their country. We learnt about the origins of New Zealand, the arrival of the Maori, the clearing of the land by the early settlers and the current reforestation. We were shown many types of native plants, learnt how to identify them and how they can be used for medicinal and culinary purposes, for example Manuka Honey. We learnt about the native birds and the dangers from introduced animals and how these preditors are being controlled. As we were shown the black sands of the Piha beach we learnt about the geology of the area and were shown ancient volcanoes. At Karekare we paused to walk down to a beautiful waterfall. Together with the many camera stops to take snaps of beautiful coastal scenery and a panoramic view of Auckland, the whole tour was a trendously interesting educational experience, not to be missed.
Written 28 November 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

martomsak
Edmonton, Canada132 contributions
Excellent way to see the rainforest near Auckland
Oct 2018 • Friends
We really wanted a chance to walk in the rainforest of New Zealand and this tour provided an excellent opportunity to do that. We were picked up at 12:12 pm in a very comfortable van by our guide, David, and driver, Allen. We first visited the Arataki Visitors Centre. This is a nature centre with a strong Maori theme. After touring the centre we split up into two groups: the energetic, younger people went with David while the less energetic people who wanted to walk slower went with Allen. Both groups did a tour of the rainforest but at different walking speeds returning to the centre at about the same time. The walk was very interesting and we learned a lot about the flora in the surrounding forest. We got back on the bus and traveled to the Karekare waterfalls. Most of us walked down to the base of the falls while my wife stayed with Allen on the bus. It was a short but steep walk down to the pool below the waterfall. We had a great view of the waterfall and pool. While doing that Allen showed my wife different sights in the immediate area while turning the bus around. You can see the waterfall plainly from the top of the trail and don't have to walk down if you think the walk will be too difficult. We boarded the bus once more and drove to the black sand beach at Piha. We walked on the beach for about an hour enjoying the scenery and taking photos. Allen and David served coffee, tea and biscuits at a small table they set up. They offered us a chance to try Manuka honey with our tea and biscuits. There are public toilets at this stop. I strongly recommend this tour. There are plenty of opportunities to view the beautiful scenery, to stop and to take photos. David and Allen are excellent at their jobs.
Written 10 November 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jeff206
Samut Prakan, Thailand531 contributions
A Great Day Trip & Fantastic Tour Company To Book With!
Oct 2018 • Solo
I was looking for a day trip to do while in Auckland and easily booked it through the i-site center, and opted to do the Coast & Rainforest Walk Tour.

Low and behold, it was a super small "group", which consisted of only myself and a girl from Australia, and of course our guide David Oakes.

This is a full day tour and please be aware, that trip seekers WILL be doing alot of uphill hiking (and the uphill part was usually on the way back).

Aside from this small consideration, the tour was wonderful! First, you'll go to this visitors center and learn about the area that will be visited shortly on a hike, and take a quick hike up to this summit where you'll 360 views of Auckland in the distance and be able to see both the Pacific ocean and the Tasman Sea!

Following that, you'll make another drive out to this really cool black sand beach and even cross into a freshwater river near the sea.

Next, you'll make your way along a coastal walk along mountainous ridges and get some of the most awe inspiring views of the western coastline out into the Tasman Sea which was such a beautiful turquoise blue!
This place was probably one of the highlights in the trip and you can really see a ways down south along the coastline.
This is where you'll have to be prepared for the hike back up and it's alot of uphill walking!

To continue, you'll travel down the mountain to the small town of Piha (which is a big surf town and you can also do bodyboarding as well!) This is where you'll stop for lunch (and the cost in included in the trip and you can order whatever you like). There's also a small gift ship next to the cafe where you can buy cool hats and shirts with Piha Beach featured on them (and where I picked up a cool t shirt).

After that, you will travel up that same mountain, and to another region not far away. There you'll do a short walk through a rain forest and out to a dam and back (although this walk was not all that interesting to me and probably liked it the least). Although then again, it is about just getting outside and being in the great outdoors.

Finally, you'll board the van one more time and return to Auckland (which is about an hour's drive) but it's amazing what lies out along this coast just a short trip from the big city and I think if I lived there, I would definitely make some trips to Piha Beach and the black sand beach just because they feel distant and secluded from hoards of people (although I don't really know what they're like during the summer months).

In conclusion, I would certainly recommend this tour company (as long as you're up for alot hiking throughout the day), you'll see epic scenery, and David gave great commentary throughout the day and was great to talk to along with the other traveler I was with.
Written 23 October 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

StellarRat
Salem, OR37 contributions
A great way to spend the day!
Sep 2018 • Couples
We had a great time on this tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. It was only us and another couple. We loved the bird watching, hikes through two different forests, the waterfall, the kauri tree, and the beach. Lunch was included and pretty good. I would recommend this to everyone that wants a good overview and hands on with the environment of New Zealand. For what you get I think the price is very reasonable as well (roughly $100 per person US.)
Written 20 September 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Needlepointaddict
Los Angeles, CA177 contributions
Wonderful Tour of Nature in Auckland
Allen gave us a wonderful tour around Auckland and its beautiful spots. We took the half day tour and Allen was a wealth of information regarding New Zealand and Auckland history. The bus was comfortable and clean.

We saw the rainforest from above and then walked through it below. Went the to black sand beach in Phia and had a quick afternoon tea and biscuit stop. Plenty of bathroom stops and walking/hiking in this tour as well.

There were other spots that we stopped in the rainforest and around.

Really recommend this company and Allen the tour guide.

We found this and some other tours at the very helpful visitor info center by the ferry building.

Written 17 August 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

gretasav2
Georges Hall, Australia45 contributions
The best tour around Auckland’s West Coast
As we finished our cruise in Auckland, we arranged a few days stay there before our departure back home.
We had a tour arranged to see some amazing coastal places and some nature of New Zealand.
This tour was approximately 5 hrs and it was definitely value for money.
David, our tour guide and driver, was extremely knowledgeable, very friendly and down to earth guy. Even though we got off the ship on that day and we were quite tired, we absolutely loved the experience and all the places that we visited. It was definitely a highlight of our stay in Auckland!
Written 21 February 2018
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Mitch R
Falcon Heights, MN16 contributions
A wonderful day of enjoying nature
Feb 2018 • Couples
We spent a day with David and Erin and several other vacationers on the Coast and Rainforest walk. David was an engaging and knowledgeable guide and sensitive to the needs of his guests. Erin was an excellent driver and guide for persons who chose a shorter hike in the coastal rainforest. We saw a variety of natural habitats and learned a lot about native plants and birds, as well as New Zealand history. Most enjoyable!
Written 13 February 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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Excellent - friendly efficient service and a well maintained bus
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Family Day Tour
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First class service
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Great professional and friendly tour company
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Best of Both World tour - 8.75 hrs.
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A Beautiful Beach and Unique Rainforest Tour -Top of the List in Auckland
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Great guides and a great way ti get a sense of Auckland
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Wonderful day!
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