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Auckland City, Beaches & Rainforest Premium Small Group Tour

1. Auckland City, Beaches & Rainforest Premium Small Group Tour

Experience the best of Auckland, discovering the city sights in the morning exploring the wilderness of the coast and mountains in the afternoon. After morning pick-up from your hotel, encounter the highlights of the city and its history as you learn how Aucklanders live and play. Auckland is set on over fifty dormant volcanic cones and between two harbors, the sparkling Waitemata and the brooding Manukau. Known as the City of Sails, it is New Zealand’s largest and busiest city. Spend the afternoon in the tranquillity of the Waitakere Ranges, just a 30-minute drive from downtown Auckland. Arrive at the Arataki Centre, the gateway to the rainforest, where the sweeping decks give breathtaking panoramic views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Absorb the local history and admire the traditional Maori carvings that stand guard.  With your knowledgeable and experienced guide, continue on to the lush rainforest to hear native birdsong as you walk along easy bush tracks amongst New Zealand’s famous kauri trees and giant tree ferns. Head further west and experience the power of the wild and rugged west coast. Feel the black sand beneath your feet as you stroll along some of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer. During the afternoon, enjoy a kiwi-style afternoon tea including biscuits and tea, coffee or juice. 

Waitakere Ranges Wilderness Experience Tour from Auckland

2. Waitakere Ranges Wilderness Experience Tour from Auckland

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.

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What people are saying about Waitakere Ranges

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 236 reviews

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.

Amazing experiences! Our guide Dave was very informative and gave us lots of information throughout the whole trip! A must do if you really like nature walks.

Tony and Rich to are superb guides. We can rank them among the best we have encountered during extensive travels. Highly recommend!!

The guides, David and Kevin, were excellent and made it a fantastic day. I enjoyed learning so much about Auckland and New Zealand

Wayne was the best guide we had while in Auckland. Very informative, answered all our questions, and had fun the whole time.