Coast and Rainforest Guided Eco-Tour from Auckland Including Lunch

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Coast and Rainforest Guided Eco-Tour from Auckland Including Lunch
from USD $189.65
This full day tour is for lovers of nature and walking, your experienced local nature guide will take you to a range of rainforest, beach and clifftop walks. The black sand beaches and rainforest of West Auckland  are unique in New Zealand and this tour is a great way to experience the best it has to offer.
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In Brief

Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand
7 hours


Instant Confirmation
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Lunch included
Led by a local guide
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Arataki - Waitakere Ranges, 300 Scenic Drive, Oratia, Piha, Auckland 0604 New Zealand

After pick up from your Auckland city centre hotel we have a short (30min) drive to the Arataki Visitor Centre – gateway to the coastal rainforest. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views over the rainforest back to the city and across to Auckland’s southern harbour. 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.Your eco-tour includes a guided walk in an area of original rainforest where ancient kauri trees tower over the unique trees and plants that have developed separately from the rest of the world for millions of years. Your experienced guide will explain about the local plants and animals as you stroll through the forest.

Stop At: Karekare Falls, 1 Lone Kauri Road, Karekare, Auckland 0772 New Zealand

Next your guide will take you out to the west coast to enjoy a kiwi-style picnic lunch at a scenic location. After lunch walk the clifftop tracks with stunning views along the coast and out across the Tasman Sea. Then walk in regenerating rainforest with giant tree ferns and palm trees growing alongside the picturesque stream to unwind by a spectacular cascading waterfall.

Stop At: Waitakere Ranges, Auckland, New Zealand

During the day we go to an awe-inspiring west coast beach where you can stroll along the soft black sand beach, watch the surf waves crashing in and feel the clear ocean breeze. This unique small group tour operator is a Qualmark Endorsed Visitor Activity and provides expert guided eco-tours in the greater Auckland region - a company delivering a quality product focusing on the natural and cultural heritage of the area. Winner of the Small Business Operator of the year for 2016 from the New Zealand Tourism Export Council

As well as keeping you entertained and informed, our guides will make sure you have plenty of opportunities to ask questions and make sure there are lots of photo opportunities. We have been running tours in this area for over 34 years so you will be being looked after by the local experts.


  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Local guide
  • Light refreshments
  • Picnic lunch
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)


  • Gratuities

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Departure Point

SkyCity Grand Hotel, 90 Federal Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Tour departs from selected Auckland hotels if your hotel is not in the list above please advise of Hotel name upon booking.
Return point: Returns to original departure point

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Moderate level of walking ability required.
  • Please advise your preferred lunch choice: chicken, roast beef or vegetarian filling in the special requirements box in the booking process
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

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

Full-day small group tour through forest and black sand beaches. Stefan, our guide was very knowledgeable and equal parts naturalist, hiking guide and Rennaisance man. The all-day tour covers alot of ground, so be prepared to walk. Caution to those with bad joints/bad backs, as the terrain is often uneven and there are various uphill segments. Also alot of the roads are narrow and twisty, so be forewarned if you are prone to motion sickness. The views are spectacular, and worth the exertion. Walking onto the black sand beach was like walking on an alien planet. Highly recommend.
• Submitted 18 Sep 2018
This was a wonderful tour. Dawn was our guide. I was a little uncertain about the trip because the weather promised rain during the day, but we still were able to see a lot of nature as the rain came and went. Very easy going tour. We hit the major highlights but never felt like I was on a schedule or someone else's schedule. Learned a great deal about the areas we visited and a lot about New Zealand during short hikes and our van rides. I would recommend to anyone who was interested in getting away from Auckland for a day, but doesn't want to commit to a lot of travel time to do so. So many wonderful pictures. A very calm, fun, beautiful day.
• Submitted 19 May 2017
Great all-day tour outside Auckland to a surrounding temperate rain forest and to the west coast. David was a excellent driver/tour guide, and found a wonderful secluded place for us to have lunch away from the beach because it was a day with unusually high winds.
• Submitted 28 Jan 2017
We did two tours with Bush and Beach and they were both wonderful. Kevin is an awesome guide and really made the experience come to life for us. Seeing both the beach and the rainforest in the same day instilled in us the magnificence of Auckland. We highly recommend this tour experience to others!
• Submitted 12 Nov 2018
This tour was fantastic. Scenery was beautiful and the hiking was perfect. Our tour guide, Kevin, was amazing---knowledgeable, friendly, and enthusiastic. We loved it.
• Submitted 29 Dec 2016
Very knowledgeble guide with enthusiasm for his trip. A good choice
• Submitted 29 Aug 2016
Very knowledgeble guide with enthusiasm for his trip. A good choice
• Submitted 29 Aug 2016
Excellent tour. Sean was very friendly and knowledgeable. I had a wanderful day, probably the best one day tour in my trip to NZ!
• Submitted 10 Jul 2016
This was one of the highlights of my holiday in NZ. Our guide was knowledgeable and was able to answer our queries. We went to 3 different locations which showed us the main features of the sub tropical rainforest and it was hard to believe that we were so close to urban Auck!and. If you want to get up close to the natural environment of this area then this is the trip for you.
• Submitted 08 Mar 2016
Excellent in every way! Our tour guy Warren was the best and a great communicator. He was intent on making our experience memorable and managed our time so well. We all really enjoyed the day!
• Submitted 22 Jan 2016
We had a great tour with our tour guide Tony. Tony was great and very knowledgeable of the area. The sites were breath taking. We had a great lunch at the beach as we watched surfers do their thing. It was a great trip and I recommend it to everyone..
• Submitted 30 Dec 2015
It was a private tour organized for our group of 4 persons. The tour was well organized and very informative. The nature was so pristine. We were very happy that we made the trip. The day was well spent!
• Submitted 01 Sep 2015
I had a great time. I was on a small tour of five people and was able to walk around and feel the atmosphere of the place. There are no shopping trips though only nature walks around the black sanded beaches and the forest.
• Submitted 15 Apr 2015
• Submitted 27 Mar 2015
great tour. It was a small group of 5 so we were able to go where larger groups and buses could. Beatiful scenery and great exercise. Not for someone who doesn't want to walk!
• Submitted 20 Feb 2015
Excellent tour. Guide was very good and really liked the packed lunch.
• Submitted 03 Mar 2015
Highly recommended. Wayne (the tour guide) was hilarious and gave the group a fantastic commentary!
• Submitted 15 Dec 2014
Everything about this trip was incredible. The guide was knowledgeable and interesting. It exceeding our expectations. I would recommend this trip for anyone who loves nature and wants to see the west coast near Auckland.
• Submitted 03 Dec 2014
Excellent guide, well informed, it's great to see the other side of the north island
• Submitted 06 Jan 2014
It was a GREAT Tour, and our tour-guide - David Woodhouse - was very knowledgable and gave us a splended Tour. He made this one of the best - if not the VERY BEST tour of the 7 or 8 tours we had during our recent visit to Australia and New Zealand.
• Submitted 04 Apr 2013
This tour was excellent. It gave us a good understanding of the native flora and the history of Auckland and the Maori. Our guide Alex was outstanding very knowledgeable and passionate about New Zealand. This is a great way to get out of Auckland and see the surrounding beauty of the North Island.
• Submitted 25 Feb 2013
It was an excellent tour. The tour was interesting and the Guide was very so knowledgeable. This is not to be missed!
• Submitted 28 Jan 2013
Excellent day in the rainforest with Tony. He was very knowledgable about the area, animals, birds, plants and trees. We saw a side of New Zealand that everyone who visits mst experience.
• Submitted 26 Oct 2012
Great tour, fun and informative.
• Submitted 06 Feb 2011

In Brief

Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand
7 hours


Instant Confirmation
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Lunch included
Led by a local guide
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

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