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Waitakere Ranges Wilderness Experience Eco-Tour from Auckland

  • See black-sand beaches, mountains, waterfalls, and rain forest in one day
  • Learn all about the plants, animals, and ecosystems of the North Island
  • Discover the natural beauty of New Zealand right on Auckland’s doorstep
Waitakere Ranges Wilderness Experience Eco-Tour from Auckland
From US$112.21
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Waitakere Ranges Wilderness Experience Eco-Tour from Auckland
From US$112.21
Spend an afternoon visiting top natural attractions, including Black Sand Beach, in the Waitakere Ranges and the North Island’s rugged west coast on a tour from Auckland. Stop at the Arataki Visitor Centre for views that stretch from the Pacific Ocean to the Tasman Sea, and hear commentary from your guide about Maori history and New Zealand’s wildlife. This guided tour showcases the great outdoors just outside of Auckland.
What to Expect

Start with pickup from your Auckland hotel, then relax during the 30-minute drive to your first destination, the Arataki Visitor Centre, gateway to the Waitakere Ranges. Here, see traditional Maori carvings and get great photo ops of the rain forest, Tasman Sea, and Pacific Ocean. Then hear from your guide about the region’s history and ecosystem as you head to the North Island’s wild west coast. Enjoy time to walk along Black Sand Beach and check out its distinctive black sand.

Continue to a lush rain forest for a leisurely nature walk that passes giant tree ferns where a variety of birds live. Your guide points out native flora and fauna along the way. After five hours in the beautiful outdoors, your tour ends with hotel drop-off back in Auckland.

This tour operator won the Tourism Export Council 2016 Operator of the Year Award.

Reviews (142)
1 - 5 of 27 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Fabulous Tour

It was fantastic. From the bus to the tour leader (Tamara) to the sights, the rainforest walk, discussion of plants, trees, birds & predators to the black sand at Piha beach. Loved it all!!!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Cathy B
Reviewed 31 January 2019
The best!

We traveled with Bush & Beach, and Wayne was excellent. Very knowledgeable, personable and fun! Saw the best of everything

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Cindy H
Reviewed 30 December 2018
Wonderful half day wilderness tour

Our tour guide Mike was a fantastic and knowledgeable person, I had been learned a lot from this tour. but a bit pricey.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 577tangw
Reviewed 3 December 2018 via mobile

Norm and Dave were great guides! It was a fun filled day with lots of info about the different places we saw and jokes along the way. They do a really great job and are extremely helpful in the planning stages with any questions along...More

Thank A2646KJalexm
Reviewed 6 November 2018
Wonderful way to spend half a day and getting out of Auckland City, Amazing to think this is so near by.

It really was a Wilderness Experience, a good number of about 14 in a small van which was very comfortable, tour guide was very knowledgeable, everything was spot on I could not fault it and would use this company again.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Tom Z
21 January 2019|
Response from 353irenew | Reviewed this property |
They pick up from the majority of hotels, then take you to a collection point for your particular tour. Mind was a half day afternoon tour, I was picked up about midday. They drop you off back at your hotel.
14 July 2018|
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Response from TravelLover2250 |
Thanks so much for your response. We often take river cruises and take the slower option, not because we're slow walkers, but because we like to stop and take pictures and we've found we have more opportunities to do that... More