West Coast Wilderness Experience
The West is Wild
Auckland’s Wild West is renowned for its rugged beauty; this is where the Tasman Sea's mighty surf crashes onto vast black-sand beaches. Journey into a region of natural wonders. Walk through untouched native rainforest, experience the rugged beauty of the Wild West coast beaches.
New Zealand Small Group Tour
Starts in Auckland - Finishes in Auckland
One Day Tour Experience
Customisable? Yes Enquire
Arataki Visitor Centre
Rainforests of the Waitakere Ranges
Karekare Beach (featured in the movie ‘The Piano’)
Piha, lookout, beach & Lion Rock
Guided bush walk
Price from NZD$399
A local English-speaking tour escort throughout the tour
Entry ticket to Arataki Visitor Centre
Luxurious temperature controlled transportation in a minibus
Fully guided return transfer from Auckland
Complementary pick up and drop off from Auckland CBD
Complementary refreshments and water on board
Auckland’s Wild West is renowned for its rugged beauty; this is where the Tasman Sea's mighty surf crashes onto vast black-sand beaches. Embark on a journey into a region of natural wonders, walk through untouched native rainforest, and experience the rugged beauty of the Wild West coast beaches.
Enjoy a fully guided day tour to Auckland’s wild, black sand beaches and lush rainforest. Spend the day walking and relaxing in New Zealand's Wild West coast while hearing the stories of our region. This scenic drive takes you past bush scenery, to observation points for spectacular views and to gorgeous beaches.
In just 30 minutes you leave behind the bustle of the city and step into the tranquillity 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 breath-taking panoramic views across the rain forest to Auckland’s two harbours. This visitor’s centre is also home to some traditional Māori 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. 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.
We then take a 20 minute drive to Karekare waterfalls. Karekare’s remote, dramatic landscapes have inspired filmmakers, writers and photographers, most notably in Jane Campion’s The Piano. The beautiful Karekare falls is just a short walk from the main beach - a great spot for photos!
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. Piha is popular with experienced surfers, but it’s also a wonderful spot for picnics, relaxing walks and swims – under the watchful eye of the famous Piha Surf Club. See Lion Rock, a small island that stands in the middle of the beach.