Leave the city behind and get close to nature on this enchanting day trip.
Visit the acclaimed Arataki Visitor Information Centre, gateway to the beautiful Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. Admire magnificent Maori carvings and jaw-droppingly beautiful views of a seascape that stretches from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean.
Journey to the unspoiled west coast and enjoy its wild and rugged beauty. Walk through luxuriant coastal forest and see giant tree ferns growing alongside picturesque streams. Stop at a beach to scrunch soft black sand between your toes and enjoy the fresh ocean breeze.
Step back to a bygone age when you enter an area of pristine rainforest with massive ancient trees and learn about New Zealand’s unique plants, animals and birds.
For your Coast & Rainforest Tour you will be picked up from your hotel in downtown Auckland at around 1000h (10:00am).
Accompanied by a knowledgeable and experienced driver/guide you will set off for an exciting day tour of the coast and countryside around Auckland.
Your first stop is at the Arataki Visitor Information Centre situated within the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. The eye-popping panoramic views from the decks extend from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean.
At Arataki you can learn about the Maori history of the Waitakere Ranges, and about the impact of the European settlers in the 19th century. A 12 metre pou (guardian post), carved by the local Maori people of Te Kawerau a Maki and depicting their ancestors, stands at the entrance to the Visitor Centre.
Your tour continues to the rugged west coast where the guide will walk you through an area of Auckland's coastal rainforest. You then get the opportunity to stroll on a strikingly lovely beach with unusual black sand. The forest and beach walk will take around an hour altogether.
Afterwards, you can enjoy a Kiwi-style picnic lunch at a scenic location.
Your journey then takes you to an area of untouched original rainforest with mature 1,000 year old kauri trees. New Zealand has existed for millions of years in isolation and during that time it has evolved its own unique flora and fauna. Seventy per cent of native New Zealand plants are found nowhere else in the world.
At the end of a thrilling day in glorious surroundings out you will be dropped back at your hotel in Auckland.
I was the only person on this tour, so my experience was perhaps a little different. I loved the views from Arataki; enjoyed walking on the black sands at Karekare, as well as...Clare J Nunan
Duration: 7 hours
Your hotel in inner Auckland
(Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
You will be dropped off at your hotel in Inner Auckland
Wear comfortable walking shoes and suitable outdoor clothing. Don’t forget the camera!
Upon arrival in Auckland, please call the number on your voucher at least 48 hours in advance to confirm your departure time and location.
Please have your printed voucher in hand to present to the guide upon boarding.
If you require a vegetarian or gluten free option for the picnic lunch and refreshments please advise this while booking.
A moderate level of fitness is required for this tour.
Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.
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