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Half-Day Wild West Coast Tour including Lunch from Auckland

  • 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
Half-Day Wild West Coast Tour including Lunch from Auckland
From US$120.40
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Half-Day Wild West Coast Tour including Lunch from Auckland
From US$120.40
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.
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.

Reviews (49)
1 - 5 of 37 reviews
Reviewed yesterday
Highlight of my trip!

I can not say enough amazing things about this tour and Brett. I wanted to do something a little bit off the beaten path and this tour more than exceeded my expectations. Brett was very knowledgeable and took his time showing us the sights along...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank jennsmaui
Reviewed 3 days ago
Our extended family group had a wonderful day under guidance of Lissa

We had such a great day on this tour with Lissa as the guide! Though sold as a half day tour we were collected at 11am and dropped off close to 5pm so its quite a full, packed day. We thought the black sand beach...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Karen R
Reviewed 3 days ago
Amazing tour with Brett

Thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Brett. He arrived at the Auckland hotel promptly (even early!), picked my husband and I up and off we went to the Western beaches. He was a fountain of information about the flora and fauna of New Zealand and answered...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Joan S
Reviewed 3 days ago
Brett is outstanding and the tour was as well - great to go at our own pace!

I originally chose this tour because I'm a photography buff and enjoy having the time to take pictures. This absolutely exceeded my expectations, with Brett knowing the great places to go and offering to snap a photo of my wife and me and key spots....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 264MarkS264
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Good way to get off the beaten path and see the Western Beach and Hills

Read all the positive reviews and you will get an overall sense that this is a good way to see the Western side of Auckland with a fun loving and experienced guide. Brett has been a professional photographer but more than that he has prepped...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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5 January 2019|
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Response from SherylG243 | Reviewed this property |
Guests were returning to their hotels between 4:00 & 5:00pm
28 July 2018|
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Response from jralbosky | Reviewed this property |
We were picked up at the hotel between 8-8:30 and dropped off at at about 2-3 in the afternoon