Full-Day Wild West Coast Photo and Discovery Tour including Lunch from Auckland

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Full-Day Wild West Coast Photo and Discovery Tour including Lunch from Auckland
from USD $182.69
Explore Auckland's West Coast with a one day Auckland tour designed for photographers and nature lovers. Only 40 minutes from Auckland CBD lies another world of ancient rainforest and black sand beaches. We see famous beaches like Piha and Karekare and walk through pristine rainforest with massive Kauri  trees over 1000 years old. Your guides are professional photographers with an interest in the local  history and  ecology of the area so your day will be full of interesting facts and their photographic advice is free.
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In Brief

Auckland Central, New Zealand
New Zealand
8 hours
Daily except Sundays
See native wildlife in their natural environment
Small group ensures personal service
Family friendly
Lunch included
Get inside tips from a local
Important InfoInfo
The day starts at 9am with a free pickup from your central city accommodation . We head out approximately 40minutes from the ctiy towards the West Coast . Situated at the foothills of the Waitakere Ranges we drive through Titirangi, an area rich in culture and with many galleries and outdoor Cafes it is a favorite spot for artists of many kinds.

We then head up the aptly named Scenic Drive where our first stop is the Arataki Visitor Center. Perched high on the ridge there are some amazing views of both coasts from the lookouts. Inside there are many interactive displays showcasing animals, plant life and early settlers lives in the ranges.

From here we head out to see a pristine area of native rainforest with many trees over 1000 years old. We also walk through the bush which is a relatively flat 1.5 km loop. If you would rather you can just do a section of the walk.

After some morning tea we head over to see two of our more famous west coast beaches Piha and Karekare. Although right next to each other on the Coast they are worlds apart in nature and ambience. Piha has the epic views , the iconic Lion Rock and is famous for its surf , many people call Piha home. Karekare by contrast has a different character, it is more brooding and isolated in nature and very few people live there.

We walk on both beaches as well as seeing some beautiful waterfalls and walking through some enchanting Pohutakawa glades.

Karekare is also the site of our barbecue and while the barbecue is cooking some people stroll along the beach while others are happy to sit and relax by the river, the choice is yours.

Feeling refreshed and invigorated  from your day in the fresh air we drop you back at your central city accommodation around 4.30-5.00pm.


  • Lunch
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional photographer guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle


  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Departure Point

Auckland Central, Auckland Central, North Island

Traveler pickup is offered

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

This tour is truly INCREDIBLE!! Brett was an amazing guide, and we saw lots of truly unbelievable scenery!!! One of the best tours we've ever had (and we travel a lot!!). Brett's wife even made a chocolate cake for our group that we enjoyed at Piha beach toward the end of our day. He sent professional quality photos that he took of our family that day as well!! Thanks again Brett!!!
• Submitted 13 Jan 2020
This trip was great, especially when I was the only one on the trip. Tour guide was awesome. He took pictures with his camera and offered to take pictures with my phone. I was taken to a few extra locations since we were very good on time since it was just us two. Lunch stop was good. Few options avail in the little shop we stopped at. At the last stop, he offered me coffee or tea while we sat and admired the ocean. Had an awesome time. He even offered to take me to another location but I was tired after a long day. Really enjoyed this trip. Will definitely recommend.
• Submitted 19 Nov 2019
It was a wonderful day, full of adventure. I'm an amature photographer but I do like exploring, seeing beautiful sights and taking pictures on my point-and-shoot camera to capture those memories. This tour is for anyone who wants to see some of the off the beaten path areas of the West Coast. I was also very thankful that the tour was not cancelled because there were only 2 of us that signed up for that day. Thank you!
• Submitted 17 Oct 2019
Everything went very well. Jus 4 of us on tour which made for a very personalized tour and plenty of opportunity to talk with guide. Tour guide and driver, Brett, was great especially his knowledge of the rainforest fauna. Enjoyed our time and glad we went.
• Submitted 25 Mar 2019
Brett guided us perfectly. I enjoyed very much for fantastic wildness of west coast of Auckland. There were many things to experience.
• Submitted 18 Mar 2019
Brett lead a fantastic tour. I got to learn about some of the culture, see some beautiful landscape and walked the beaches and up some different trails. It was a very worthwhile tour. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Brett is very personable.
• Submitted 19 Nov 2018
Brett, set the bar pretty high...what can I say...He has now forever spoiled me for future tours to come. He was prompt picking me up, great conversationalist, warm and friendly, uber knowledgeable about photography, the bush, New Zealand's history, the ocean, wildlife, and the overall geography, and he was very patient. Also there is a lot of diversity you will see on the tour with respect to terrain, so never a dull moment (e.g. beaches, cliffs, wildlife, waterfalls, you name it you will see it). Because it was just him and I on the tour we did a bit of climbing and hiking which was nice to get to see the really great views! However he ensures that he caters the tours for the current client, so if you have arthritis or other ailments he will make modifications to the tour and maybe cutout some of the strenuous climbing. But just being honest, to truly enjoy NZ you need to be in decent shape. There are a lot of mountains, hills, rough terrain, and cliffs, that put a hurting on my thighs. But a much needed one. Moving right along, Brett showed me how to take proper photos, he took plenty of photos of me that I can keep, and I felt like we were on an adventure I didn't want to end. I also loved the restaurant we stopped in.... It was packed with locals and the food was scrumptious. I was sad when it was over but I felt like I got more than my money's worth...I got a real piece of New Zealand that I will always have in my heart.
• Submitted 25 Oct 2018
Brett was a phenomenal tour guide who shared incredible amounts of information about New Zealand and the areas he showed us. Getting away to the west coast of the north island is a must do, and this tour goes to some incredible sights including secluded beaches, waterfalls, and deep forests like no other. Take a camera -- you won't be disappointed!
• Submitted 23 Sep 2018
All I can say is wow! Brett is such an amazing tour guide. Some of the things he showed us and the places we went I've only seen in post cards. I was truly amazed at this country's landscape. Brett was very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. I would say this trip is a must if you have a day to burn and want to see the west coast. I can honestly say he made that day my favorite of my trip and I couldn't be happier. Thanks again for a great trip!
• Submitted 21 Sep 2018
Absolutely amazing tour of breathtaking coast line and just stunning scenery! Brett, the tour guide and your private photographer for the day, was extremely accommodating, knowledgeable and fun to chat with. It is a brilliant day tour out of Auckland that allows you to admire the sheer beauty of the New Zealand's North Island and you get to learn a lot about the nature and conversation efforts of the locals.
• Submitted 03 Apr 2018
This was wonderful! We took many beautiful pictures and our tour guide Ilisa was lovely and very knowledgeable about the area. We highly recommended this experience.
• Submitted 26 Mar 2018
Great guide took us to multiple sites with beautiful views. Took pictures with us in the foreground and sent them to us on email after the tour
• Submitted 08 Mar 2018
Wonderful tour to the west coast of Auckland, guided by Brett, a professional photographer. He took us to various areas that are little gems that we would not be able to discover on our own in the short time that we have, and took pictures for us so we have great photos to remember today by. Thanks Brett!
• Submitted 06 Mar 2018
Brett was a great guide,who gave us a good in depth understanding of the area in a very relaxed manner.Loved the whole day and cant wait to get the photos he took of us.Excellent food for the lunch stop Definately do this tour,even if you arent interested in photography.
• Submitted 28 Feb 2018
This was one of the best tours of our whole 36 day vacation. We learned a lot about photography and New Zealand from Brett who was the perfect host. You will not only see beautiful scenery but go out and experience it as well.
• Submitted 24 Feb 2018
This was the best tour Ive ever been on and one that will linger in my heart forever. Brett gave me the experience of a lifetime as he transported me into another realm - a spiritual dimension of an awareness of feelings. The Karekare waterfalls and pool were a beautiful sight. The wild, wide beaches of Karekare and Piha were stunning, windswept geological wonders. Although Ive never seen beaches any prettier, this was more than just a feast for the eyes. It was an opportunity to soak in that beauty, the sounds of booming waves and a gushing waterfall, the taste of homemade muffins for morning tea, the smell of pure sea air and the feel of real New Zealand. Nothing else matters when youre out there held captive by nature at its best. The last stop of the day to visit an ancient Kauri tree was a quiet time to reflect and appreciate whats important in life.
• Submitted 21 Jan 2018
The Tour was excellent as was Brett the Guide. Brett was very informative with regards to the history of the places we visited. The only problem was the weather, it was raining all day which allowed for limited photo opportunities but still had a great time. When the opportunity arises I will just have to do it again.
• Submitted 11 Jan 2018
Excellent excursion although it was quite rainy and opted out of the last stop.
• Submitted 09 Jan 2018
What a great day! It was just me that day, but it could not have been any better. The weather was just awesome, Brett took me to see and experience beautiful places, we climbed cliffs and walked around magnificent beaches. Brett is a very kind and patient guy, he gave me a lot of photography advice, answered all my questions, we had a lot of fun. I could not have asked for a better tour guide. Lunch at a local cafe was great. Long story short - book this tour, you won't regret it!
• Submitted 03 Dec 2017
This tour was truly amazing! We would never have found these locations on our own. Brett had great ideas for how to take better photos, also. He was a great guide and explained things along the way. We viewed huge waterfalls, black, never-ending beaches surrounded by wild flowers, and experienced gorgeous views from up above. Lunch at a local place was excellent. What a great day we had!!
• Submitted 19 Nov 2017
Brett knows all the best spots, hidden photographic gems, and location points to capture great images as well as an insight into the history and ecology of the Auckland area. Highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 16 Nov 2017
What an amazing day we had! A day when Brett took such care to see that we were able to see and do as much as was possible. Could not reccomend this tour enough. Thank you so much Brett.
• Submitted 01 Nov 2017
Awesome! Many memories and it was great to have photos from the tour guide of our experiences. Amazing pictures.
• Submitted 04 Oct 2017
Brett has the most fantastic personality to make you feel at home and to really help out when your physical condition is not quite as good as you think it should be. He picked us up on time, took us to sites not normally on the tour because we had different interests, and got us back on time. His knowledge of the Auckland woods and beaches is second to none. We were able to climb all the cliffs and landscapes because he knew all the shortcuts. Was able to help us plan out the remainder of our trip to help us see the rest of New Zealand. 5 stars. ted cooper and family
• Submitted 13 Sep 2017

In Brief

Auckland Central, New Zealand
New Zealand
8 hours
Daily except Sundays
See native wildlife in their natural environment
Small group ensures personal service
Family friendly
Lunch included
Get inside tips from a local

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