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Itinerary
The day starts at 9am with a free pickup from your central city accommodation . We head out approximately 40minutes from the ctiy towards the West Coast . Situated at the foothills of the Waitakere Ranges we drive through Titirangi, an area rich in culture and with many galleries and outdoor Cafes it is a favorite spot for artists of many kinds.

We then head up the aptly named Scenic Drive where our first stop is the Arataki Visitor Center. Perched high on the ridge there are some amazing views of both coasts from the lookouts. Inside there are many interactive displays showcasing animals, plant life and early settlers lives in the ranges.

From here we head out to see a pristine area of native rainforest with many trees over 1000 years old. We also walk through the bush which is a relatively flat 1.5 km loop. If you would rather you can just do a section of the walk.

After some morning tea we head over to see two of our more famous west coast beaches Piha and Karekare. Although right next to each other on the Coast they are worlds apart in nature and ambience. Piha has the epic views , the iconic Lion Rock and is famous for its surf , many people call Piha home. Karekare by contrast has a different character, it is more brooding and isolated in nature and very few people live there.

We walk on both beaches as well as seeing some beautiful waterfalls and walking through some enchanting Pohutakawa glades.
Karekare is also the site of our barbecue and while the barbecue is cooking some people stroll along the beach while others are happy to sit and relax by the river, the choice is yours.

Feeling refreshed and invigorated  from your day in the fresh air we drop you back at your central city accommodation around 4.30-5.00pm.
Locations visited
Arataki Visitor Centre
Piha Beach
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Overview
Photograph your way around Auckland's rugged West Coast during this full-day tour. With a professional photographer guide, visit the coastline's black sand beaches, like Karekare and Piha. Trek through rainforests filled with 1000-year-old Kauri trees. Get as much photographic advice as you like, and listen to commentary about the area's ecology, culture and history. Lunch and round-trip transportation from Auckland are included.
Highlights
  • Take a photography tour of Auckland's West Coast
  • Get advice from your professional photographer guide
  • Walk through rainforests and on black sand beaches
  • Lunch and round-trip transportation from Auckland included
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Reviewed 1 week ago
A FIVE STAR tour that anyone visiting Auckland should not give a miss.

This amazing tour was one of the best experiences that we have had for a long time during our visit to New Zealand and Australia. We got to see some truly breathtaking views of sand beaches, mountains as well as a beautiful waterfall. Brett is...More

Thank sam_lee_ag
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Highly recommended day trip from Auckland

Forget about long bus rides to the Bay of Islands or to Hobbiton if you can use your precious time in a much better way! Exploring the West Coast offers a varity of advantages: you skip exhausting travelling time, get in touch with NZ's stunning...More

Thank Gaijin1981
Reviewed 9 July 2018
Great tour of the Wild Coast

We had a fantastic day with Brett. His knowledge of both photography and New Zealand culture and history made for an excellent day. We enjoyed a tasty lunch and Brett took us on trails that were off the beaten path. He also shared photos with...More

Thank Pharmy1
Reviewed 5 July 2018
Scenic Tour with a cool Guide & ending up with cool photos from yourself!

i have done this trip on a wednesday - i was the only one which didnt stop brett doing a great job. Had such a nice day and the landscape was astonishing. Union Bay looked like from another planet and piha is such relaxed compared...More

Thank Alexander D
Reviewed 24 June 2018
What a great tour to experience the natural beauty of Auckland

Brett is an awesome tour guide who is knowledgeable of the natural landscapes in Auckland. I would say, the places that Brett brought me to are stunning and the views are breath-taking. Another amazing thing was that Brett has taken a lot of good pictures...More

Thank Kenneth C
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