West Coast Wilderness Experience

Tour Summary

Auckland’s Wild West is renowned for its rugged beauty. Walk through the sacred native rainforest, experience the rugged coastline and windswept, black-sand beaches. Home to unique wildlife and towering ancient trees, dramatic waterfalls, and some of the most breath-taking views you’ll ever see! The ‘wild west’ feels like another world away. All have a remote, untamed beauty that's good for the soul. Indulge in breath-taking panoramic viewpoints over the Tasman Sea, which separates New Zealand from Australia.

Tour Highlights


  • Escape the city and relax in the peace of the rainforest, mountain, and Piha Beach

  • Marvel at the clear waters, rolling surf, and black sand shores, surrounded by emerald cliffs

  • Witness  breath-taking landscape of Waitakere Ranges and Karekare Waterfalls, a stunning 30-meter waterfall

  • Visit and admire magnificent views from The Arataki Visitor Centre

  • Absorb the local history to immerse in this unspoilt area of real New Zealand.

  • Soak up spectacular ocean vistas along Auckland’s wild West Coast

  • Learn about unique indigenous flora and fauna

  • See the most stunning of all the black sand beaches on Auckland's famous West Coast

  • Wander in a native rainforest and see the amazing Kauri Trees

  • Walk on the soft, black sand on an awe-inspiring beach

  • Getting that perfect picture of Karekare Falls

  • Marvel at Lion Rock, Piha’s most iconic landmark, and see the Māori carving

Tour Inclusion


  • Fully guided return transfers from Auckland

  • Complimentary pick up and drop off from Auckland CBD

  • Complimentary refreshments and water on board

  • Access to Wi-Fi on board for a small surcharge

  • A local English-speaking tour escort throughout the tour

  • Luxurious temperature controlled transportation in a minibus

  • Visit to Arataki Visitor Centre & Guided rainforest walk

  • Visit to Karekare Waterfalls

  • Visit to lookouts over Lion Rock at Piha

  • Spectacular views of the Tasman Sea and West Coast from the lookouts.

Tour Description

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 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. Marvel at the Lion Rock, Piha’s most iconic landmark, and see the Māori carving. Lion Rock stands watching over the waves, sitting majestically between Piha and Little Piha Beaches. 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.

Tour Requirements

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

  • Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for the conditions, Sun protection, jacket/warm layer, & any essential personal items

  • Equip with Swimming costume and Towel if you choose to swim

  • Suitable for people of all ages with easy and good fitness level required

  • This is a guided walking tour and sensible walking footwear is recommended

  • Bring a camera or a phone with camera capability as this is the perfect place to get some great travel photos. 

  • You must be at least 18 years of age and present a valid photo ID in order to consume alcohol.

  • You are welcome to bring your own lunch or there will be an opportunity to purchase lunch (at own expense, cash required).

Optional Add-Ons

Wine Tasting

 The wineries of West Auckland are pulling out their rare, unique or just plain fun tasting experiences. Come and enjoy tasting some our quality wines in our newly renovated Cellar Door. Sit out on our covered deck and enjoy the views or have a fun game of petanque down in the garden area. We make wines that are worth drinking; wines to be shared and enjoyed with friends.

Contact Us

+64 21 026 60993


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