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!!!
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.
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
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.