Auckland Coastal Experience
Stroll on Auckland's peaceful & calm white sand beach in the morning and experience the rugged and roaring black sand beach in the afternoon.
Mt. Eden Volcanic Summit
The Mt. Eden walk is an easy 2k walk that will take you around 1 hour to complete. Just 5 km from down town Auckland it's the highest volcano in Auckland on Mt Eden. The last eruption was about 15,000 years ago, leaving a crater 50 metres deep. Walk to the top of Mt Eden Volcano, there you'll get a 360° view of Auckland so long as the rain stays away.
The Auckland Domain is Auckland's oldest park, and at 75 hectares one of the largest in the city. Developed around an extinct volcano, it features tropical gardens, duck ponds and public art and is also home to Auckland’s war memorial museum.
Coastal Drive through Kohimarama, Mission Bay and Tamaki Drive before proceeding to Auckland’s west coast. Reaching Mission Bay at lunch time allows to explore a fantastic selection of cafes and restaurants and to spend time at the east coast beaches or jump on a scooter to ride through Auckland’s Waterfront.
Bastion Point offers magnificent views out over the Hauraki Gulf and Waitematā Harbour, as well as back to central Auckland. It’s one of the best places in Auckland to take photos of the skyline and harbour. As the name suggests, its position overlooking the harbour makes it an ideal defence point for the city. The Māori name for this area is Takaparawhā. This scenic area includes the Savage Memorial, which commemorates Michael Joseph Savage, one of New Zealand’s most beloved prime ministers.
Achilles Point was originally named Te Pane o Horoiwi (the head of Horoiwi) due to the Maori history of the site. It was renamed by the council in 1940 in honour of the New Zealand crewed ship HMS Achilles. The HMS Achilles defeated the German cruiser Graf Spee in the 1939 Battle of the River Plate, the first major naval battle of World War II. Achilles Point has great views of the Waitemata Harbour, and of course the Gulf Islands. Not so much a venue for actvities, but the views say it all..
In just 30 minutes you leave behind the bustle of the city and step into the tranquility of the rain forest. The hills of the Waitakere’s are actually remnants of ancient volcanoes. Many New Zealand native trees and plants grow here, and driving along the road you are often passing through thick forest. The rain forest is a favourite place for day-trippers and hikers as there are numerous bush walks there.
Travel to the Arataki visitor centre, an information centre built high on the ridge of the Waitakere Ranges. From here you get breathtaking panoramic views across the rain forest to Auckland’s two harbours. The visitors centre is also home to some traditional Maori carvings and your guide will talk about them and explain their significance for the area.
There are excellent pathways for you to walk around the Arataki centre which gets you close to plants. The Waitakere Ranges is also where one of Auckland’s major water supplies is located and is a perfect start to exploring the west coast.
We stop at a stunning viewpoint overlooking Piha beach and the Tasman Sea before going down to the black sand beach. There you get the chance to stroll along one of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer and watch the surf waves rolling in.
Continue on to the lush rain forest where you walk the easy tracks among giant tree ferns and view New Zealand’s famous kauri trees and silver ferns.
Pick up from Auckland CBD
Snacks & Water
Stops for scenic Photos
Mt. Eden Volcanic Summit
Arataki Visitor Centre
Drop Off to Auckland CBD
Tour Duration: 8 Hours
Pickup Time: 07:00 am