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Full-Day Wild West Coast Photo and Discovery Tour including Lunch from Auckland provided by Unique Visions Tours

Full-Day Wild West Coast Photo and Discovery Tour including Lunch from Auckland

Full-Day Wild West Coast Photo and Discovery Tour including Lunch from Auckland
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About
Photography enthusiasts who want to capture some of the most scenic areas of Auckland while learning from a professional will enjoy this day trip. Travel to Auckland’s rugged west coast, and be taken to dramatic spots that you may struggle to find without a guide. Your guide will share their photography knowledge with you, and also tell you all about the birdlife, history, and culture of this area.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • 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
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • 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.
Highlights
Spend a creative day out in nature
Lunch and transfers from Auckland are included
Suitable for both beginner and more experienced photographers
Best suited to active travelers, as there will be forest and beach walks
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 23967P1
Call 800-130-2207
Important information
Inclusions
Lunch • Driver/guide • Live commentary on board • Professional photographer guide • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Air-conditioned vehicle
Exclusions
Food and drinks, unless specified • Gratuities
Duration
8h
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Auckland Central, Auckland Central, North Island
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
Lunch • Driver/guide • Live commentary on board • Professional photographer guide • Hotel pickup and drop-off • Air-conditioned vehicle
Exclusions
Food and drinks, unless specified • Gratuities
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Auckland Central, Auckland Central, North Island
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
8h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Most travellers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
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John B
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John Barbieri
I highly recommend this tour to anyone that love the outdoor and taking pictures. It was the highlight of my time in Auckland. Brett the tour operator is a great mate and very knowledgeable. He will accommodate the tour to your ability. Everyone in my tour was fit so we walked about 5-6 miles over the course of the day and saw amazing beaches and scenery. Get the meat pie for lunch which is included with the tour. Have a great vacation and thanks again Brett, PS he will send you some great pictures after the tour.
Written 16 April 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

MARTINA S
Sarasota, FL9 contributions
Awesome scenery
This was one of the best tours we ever did. Brett is an awesome guide and took us to excellent viewing points. The fact that we had gorgeous weather made the scenery even more dramatic! Loved every minute of it 👍👍👍
Written 14 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

scubal0ver
Greater Melbourne, Australia1,106 contributions
A Brilliant day, and fantastic photos
Feb 2020
A few initial comments - first, if you're not into doing a bit of walking, this is not the tour for you, Brett has some unique and highly photogenic locations but like all good things they need a little effort.
Second, you're not just along for the photography, this is a chance to enjoy a side of New Zealand few tourists will see. "Thermos tea and a bikkie" by the roadside, a gourmet pie and drink in a tiny sea side town time has forgotten, along with recollections of New Zealand life that can only come from someone who loves his home and it's history.
Third, you have pro photographer who will suggest how to set up shots if you wish, or just guide you to pots whre you can compose your own, and even share some of his as part of the tour.
Oh, and my photos? Some of my best for the year - a few definitely will get into my 'best of 2020' photo calendar.
Written 3 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

svtravelers2
Sunnyvale, CA19 contributions
Highlight of our New Zealand Trip!
Feb 2020
This tour was fantastic! We wanted to get out of the city and see nature and Brett was the perfect guide to do this! He gave photography tips, showed us beautiful and diverse scenery plus he had loads of valuable information that helped us for the rest of our trip! We absolutely loved this tour. Brett is fun, knowledgeable and professional. He also took some photos of us which we will be using for our Christmas card! Couldn't be happier with this tour!
Written 24 February 2020
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Roving736731
7 contributions
Worth Staying in Auckland Just To Do This Tour
Feb 2020
Professional Photographer and Tour Guide Brett Rees will take you on a stunning visual tour of the beautiful west coast beaches and waterfalls outside Auckland, and treat you to some wonderful and authentic Kiwi hospitality. Brett is a long time resident of the areas he tours and shares the hidden waterfalls, blow holes, ocean bluff trails and overlooks that few visitors (or Aucklanders) venture to see. Besides showing you where the best photo taking spots are, he takes professional photos of you posed in front of georgous coastal landscapes/waterfalls, and emails them to you after the tour! Lunch in Piha is delicious, and he serves you afternoon tea with biscuits after a short hike to a breathtaking scenic viewpoint. I've done lots of touring of the South and North Islands and visiting the Wild West Coast with Unique Vision Tours is one of the best days I've spent in New Zealand.
Written 24 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

S-Man283
Philadelphia, PA84 contributions
Best day trip from Auckland
Feb 2020
If you are in Auckland for any length of time and enjoy photography with a bit of tramping, this is a must! Yes, you must be willing to walk uphill for a few minutes at a time, so if you like totally sendetary trips, this isn't for you. On the other hand, the hiking is minimal as compared to any full length hikes you might take throughout the country (it never seemed to be more than 1 mile at a time).

Brett is a really friendly, fun guy to spend a day with, he gives very helpful photography pointers (just ask him), and he shows you beautiful lookout points that only a local would know about. I had no trouble driving generally in New Zealand, but was glad not to have to do so here, where it helps to know the roads (and the bicycles that dangerously ride on them).

Even though this was my last day after 4 weeks of seeing most of the country, I still felt the landscapes in the "wild west" were different enough that it was well worth coming here. Check out the black sand beaches, pure blue water, eerie geological formations, and waves crashing on the rocks.
Written 17 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

WilsonH
4 contributions
Amazing and Awsome Tour
This is a tour that you don't want to miss in New Zealand especially if you don't have a lot of time or just want a taste of the west coast. We went to many places. Piha Beach was crowded since there's a competition. We took some great pictures on the northern side of Piha Beach (not crowded). Our tour guide Brett who is great and knew the area well decided to take us to another beach, Karekare. There were very few people on the beach which is awsome. The waves were amazing. We have to run away from a few big waves (not to get our shoes wet) when we were standing on the wet sand to take some pictures. LOL. We also saw a beautiful waterfall. I would dive right in if I had a swimming trunk and a towel. A few tourists or local came prepared just for that. I don't recommend driving on your own since some roads are pretty narrow and some areas are not well marked. It's best to join an experience guided tour, take it easy and enjoy the view.
Written 8 February 2020
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Helen G
St. Thomas2 contributions
Best Tour of Auckland West Coast
Jan 2020
I had planned this as our last tour before leaving New Zealand. We had probably the best tour of the west coast with pictures to remember this day. Brett is the most amazing informative tour guide and an excellent photographer with great hints for the best pictures.

This is a tour not to be missed. Worth every penny.
Written 7 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

JerseyGirl09
Jersey Shore, NJ27 contributions
GREAT Tour- don't hesitate
Jan 2020
Brett is very knowledgeable, easy-going, quite amusing and entertaining- a delightful combination in a tour operator. We enjoyed all the sights- the waterfall, the black beach, the lunch stop at The Piha Cafe, the nature trail, etc. Brett shared his love of nature and was full of information.
Written 1 February 2020
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Andrea P
2 contributions
If you can only do one thing in Auckland, you MUST do this! You will see everything worth seeing!
Jan 2020 • Couples
This was without a doubt one of the best tour experiences that my husband and I have ever had. Brett is without a doubt one of the most knowledgeable, caring and talented persons I have ever met. Brett picked us up at our hotels (group of 3 that day, incredibly lucky for us) and whisked us off to discover the west coast of Auckland. We started at Karekare island with hikes to the waterfalls and breathtaking beach, unlike anything you have ever seen before. We had a delicious lunch (soba noodles, quinoa salad, chorizo sandwich and other local favorites were our choices) at one of his favorite cafes. The incredible Piha beach was next on our itinerary. Brett led us on a panoramic hike with incredible photo opportunities, each one more impressive than the next.

Throughout this entire journey, Brett provided unparalleled guidance and insights into the history, culture and nature along the way all while helping us capture the breath taking views on our cameras and iPhones. He too took incredible shots on his professional camera, which he will send you after the tour. Brett went above and beyond when he helped me overcome my fear of heights so he could take the most epic photo of my husband and I looking over what seemed to be the edge of the world on Piha beach.

We ended our amazing journey, with a delicious cup of coffee and homemade muffins baked by his lovely wife as we reflected on an absolutely perfect day. It was a very special experience. I don’t expect that it could ever be topped here in NZ. Brett, if you’re reading this, you’re hard work and attention to detail did not go unnoticed. thank you so much for what you do and have given us!!

Photos below are just some of the iPhone photos. Can’t wait to see the ones from our camera and Brett’s!
Written 20 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Half Day tour of West Coast
Wonderful tour with an incredibly knowledgeable and energetic guide. Piha Beach was breathtaking in particular but
Sharon S
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Fantastic Tour Highly Recommend
We selected this tour based on positive Trip advisor reviews and were not disappointed. Brett was a great tour gui
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Wild West coast tour
Brett was fantastic. Excellent guide and very knowledgeable of the west coast history and geography. His photogra
greggm2018
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Take a walk on the wild (West) side
Brett was awesome. Highlight of our New Zealand trip. Beautiful scenery and adventure. Brett was able to engage our
Jaclyn G
Jaclyn G
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A beautiful place to visit!
My son and I were coming in port off a cruise. Brett was on time at picking us up at a nearby hotel. We experienced
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The Long and Winding Road(s)
A nice get away from the city. Brett knows his stuff and happily shares that knowledge with his passengers. If yo
Happiness532465
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Great Experience!
This was my favorite tour during my 10 day visit to NZ. Brett is an excellent guide for the places we visited, whic
sias08
sias08
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Half day tour from Auckland
Brett was a great tour guide. They day was great we saw everything that was promised. Only 7 total people on the
Dean C
Dean C
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Wonderful day!
We traveled a month in NZ and Australia. Brett was our favorite tour guide. Such a wonderful day at amazing places
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Incredible Experience
I only had one day in Auckland after flying in on an early morning flight. After seeing the Unique Visions tour web
sofiafcomo
sofiafcomo
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A wonderful day trip from Auckland
I did enjoyed this tour. The destinations are amazing. Brett is a very nice person and a good guide. Although I am
Yee747
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Best of the West Tour (Half Day)
I decided on this tour based upon the 300+ excellent reviews of Unique Visions Tours, plus the fact that it covered
Gface85
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So fun!
This tour was a money well spent. Brett was our tour guide and he was very knowledgeable of where to go and facts o
OrenL62
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Awe-inspiring experience with superb guide
Wonderful tour of the West Coast beaches Karekare and Piha with Brett from Unique Visions Tours. The beaches themse
MFRKKR95
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10 of 10 Stars!!
We completely enjoyed our tour! We had basically one day while hubby was not in the conference to see something, a