Waitakere Ranges Wilderness Experience Tour from Auckland

Activity provider: Bush and Beach

Waitakere Ranges Wilderness Experience Tour from Auckland

Activity provider: Bush and Beach
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From US$ 111.49 per person

Likely to sell out

Escape the bustle of the city on a half-day tour to Auckland's wild, black sand beaches and lush rainforest. Experienced guides tell the story of the forest that covers this land with its unique flora and flora.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Hotel pickup and drop-off available from central Auckland accommodation. Provide your hotel name and address when booking. The local operator will confirm your pickup location and time, which will be earlier than the tour start time. Please confirm your pickup time and location with the local operator the day prior to travel, especially if you have not received our confirmation email directly from Bush and Beach.


  • Visit the Arataki Visitors Centre with breathtaking views and Maori carvings
  • Walk on the soft, black sand on an awe-inspiring beach
  • Stroll the easy bush tracks in lush rainforest
  • View native palms, giant tree ferns and an ancient kauri tree
  • Enjoy a kiwi style afternoon tea
Full description
A 30-minute drive from downtown Auckland brings you to the Arataki Centre, perched high in the Waitakere Ranges, a ridge of hills separating Auckland from its surf-fringed west coast. Here the sweeping decks give breathtaking panoramic views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Absorb the local history and admire the magnificent traditional Maori carvings that stand guard there. Head further west and experience the power of the wild and rugged west coast. Feel the soft, black sand beneath your feet as you stroll along some of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer. With your knowledgeable and experienced guide, your eco-tour continues with an easy walk in the lush rainforest where native birdsong fills the air as you walk the easy bush tracks amongst New Zealand’s famous kauri trees and giant tree ferns. Because New Zealand has been cut off for millions of years from the rest of the world, it has evolved its own unique flora and fauna. Seventy percent of our native plants are found nowhere else in the world.
  • Who you’ll be with
    • Live tour guide: English

  • Transport
    • Transport by van

    • Pickup & drop-off by bus / coach

  • Food & drink
    • Snack

    • Juice, water, tea, coffee, non-alcoholic drinks

    • Not included: alcoholic drinks

  • Equipment
    • Information booklet: Spanish, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese

Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This tour is suitable for all fitness levels
  • Lunch is not included, there is a stop so you can purchase your own food if you wish
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 28 reviews

Review summary

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Fantastic day, great views, great tour guide, great stories. My only regret is that this wasn’t a full day tour. My partner and I ended up getting a private tour and Wayne was our tour guide! we honesty could have listened to him tell stories all day. We learned so much about New Zealand history but it was told in such an entertaining and engaging way that I actually absorbed the information and gained a deeper appreciation for the excursion. We did two tours with bush and beach and our tour guides were honestly a highlight of the trip and people who made strong impacts on us in such a short time. Highly recommend booking with them on whatever excursions you can.

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June 27, 2022

Our tour guide and driver Dawn had excellent knowledge of the area and showed a genuine feeling for the environment and culture. She showed consideration for her guests needs. She was also an excellent driver, so I felt safe in her hands. She is an excellent ambassador for N.Z. The other members of the team that we overlapped with from time to time were friendly and helpful.

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November 26, 2019

Our guide, David, was the BOMB. He knows everything, from the history of Auckland and the Maori to all the plant and animal life in the jungles to all the best local spots. He is very entertaining, and makes an effort to include every person. It was a group of seven people from all over the world and the transportation was comfortable and convenient. It was a day trip and we saw many things, even walked along a black sand beach. All in all, a very memorable day.

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July 12, 2019

Product ID: 151859