We did a half day tour of Waitakere. It was a small coach with only 5 of us. We made a variety of stops in the area including a waterfall and the rainforest. There was quite a bit of walking, so keep that in mind...More
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.
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This tour takes you to some gorgeous locations, through the rain forest and to a gorgeous black sand beach. The tour guides, Stefan and Warren were very nice, packed with lots of interesting information and the trip was an overall excellent experience.
This tour offers a bit of everything - lush, green rainforests, flowing waterfalls, and serenity at a black sand beach. It was a great way to escape the city and spend the afternoon seeing some of the natural diversity of New Zealand. Wayne and Norm...More