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Half-Day Wild West Coast Tour including Lunch from Auckland provided by Unique Visions Tours

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Half-Day Wild West Coast Tour including Lunch from Auckland

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With its soaring sea cliffs, ancient forests, and windswept beaches, the west coast is one of the most scenic areas of New Zealand’s North Island. This half-day tour from Auckland takes in the highlights, including the Arataki Center, Karekare Waterfall, Piha Beach, and Cascade Kauri Park. Enjoy convenient round-trip transportation, lunch, and personalized attention from your guide on this escape from the city to New Zealand’s wild west.
  • See it all: stunning views of the Waitakere Ranges and west coast beaches
  • Do it all: hike, swim, beachcomb, bird-watch, learn about Maori heritage
  • Great value: hotel pickup, lunch, and round-trip transportation included
  • Personalized guided experience: small group of up to 11 people
What to Expect
After pickup from your Auckland hotel, leave the city and head south along the west coast in an air-conditioned minivan. The first stop of the day is at the Arataki Visitor Centre in Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, where you learn more about the region’s geology, wildlife, and Maori heritage.  Continue to Piha Beach, a surfing hot spot, where you stroll along black sands and paddle in the Tasman Sea. After lunch at a local café, continue to Karekare Beach and, if you like, swim in the cool waters beneath the falls. Finally, stop at Cascade Kauri Park for a leisurely guided hike, looking out for birds and other wildlife, and marveling at the gigantic kauri trees—some of which are hundreds of years old.  After your outdoor adventure, return to Auckland, where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
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Important Information
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Lunch
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • A minimum of two people per booking is required
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Sharon S wrote a review Mar 2020
Brookfield, Connecticut43 contributions15 helpful votes
We selected this tour based on positive Trip advisor reviews and were not disappointed. Brett was a great tour guide! During our visit to Piha Beach it down poured and we got soaked (Brett said take your umbrella, we should have listened). Despite getting soaked, it was a
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Date of experience: March 2020
Edmund R wrote a review Mar 2020
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Brett was fantastic. Excellent guide and very knowledgeable of the west coast history and geography. His photography skills were an excellent plus. Well organized tour and I would recommend Brett.
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Date of experience: March 2020
greggm2018 wrote a review Mar 2020
San Diego, California19 contributions1 helpful vote
Brett was awesome. Highlight of our New Zealand trip. Beautiful scenery and adventure. Brett was able to engage our 9 year old son by adding extra climbing along the coast by Piha Beach.
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Jaclyn G wrote a review Feb 2020
Pewaukee, Wisconsin16 contributions2 helpful votes
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 New Zealand's western coast. We learned about some of the first settlers from Brett and stopped at the Arataki Center. The panoramic views from the Waitakere
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Date of experience: January 2020
WILLIAM B wrote a review Jan 2020
Lake Worth, Florida249 contributions57 helpful votes
A nice get away from the city. Brett knows his stuff and happily shares that knowledge with his passengers. If you have any issues with motion sickness, take meds before hitting the winding roads 😄. We had a full bus of 10 passengers. A little hard to hear Brett from the
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Date of experience: January 2020
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By: Unique Visions Tours
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
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A Brilliant day, and fantastic photos
A few initial comments - first, if you're not into doing a bit of walking, this is not the tour for you, Brett has
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Highlight of our New Zealand Trip!
This tour was fantastic! We wanted to get out of the city and see nature and Brett was the perfect guide to do thi
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Worth Staying in Auckland Just To Do This Tour
Professional Photographer and Tour Guide Brett Rees will take you on a stunning visual tour of the beautiful west c
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Best day trip from Auckland
If you are in Auckland for any length of time and enjoy photography with a bit of tramping, this is a must! Yes, y
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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
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Helen G
Best Tour of Auckland West Coast
I had planned this as our last tour before leaving New Zealand. We had probably the best tour of the west coast wi
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GREAT Tour- don't hesitate
Brett is very knowledgeable, easy-going, quite amusing and entertaining- a delightful combination in a tour operato
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If you can only do one thing in Auckland, you MUST do this! You will see everything worth seeing!
This was without a doubt one of the best tour experiences that my husband and I have ever had. Brett is without a d
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Amazing day!!
This was my favorite tour in Auckland! Brett was delightful and showed our group a lot of great spots - highly reco
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Dean C
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
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Viktorija J
Unique experience
Definitely a unique vision which leads to unique experience! Brett shared with us some special spots on the wild we
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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
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Best for Last
Brett met us at our hotel in the morning and introduced himself and let us know that we were the only one's on the
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Key Details
  • Arataki - Waitakere Ranges, Piha Beach, and 1 more
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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