West Coast Wilderness Experience
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 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 then take a 20 minute drive to Karekare waterfalls. Once we arrive at Karekare waterfalls, you enjoy a 5 minute easy stroll to the waterfall - 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.
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
Arataki Visitor Centre
Drop Off to Auckland CBD
Tour Duration: 6 Hours
Pickup Time: 09:00 am