• Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Experience the highlights of Auckland on a city sightseeing tour in the morning combined with an afternoon wilderness experience in Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. Learn how Aucklanders live and play as you explore the City of Sails with an informative guide. Then discover native flora and fauna on a beach stroll and forest walk, including a glimpse of the North Island’s giant kauri trees.


  • Discover the highlights of Auckland and escape to the rainforest on this full-day tour
  • Visit the Arataki Center, gateway to the Waitakere Ranges
  • Admire traditional Maori carvings
  • Breathtaking views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Auckland

What You Can Expect

Auckland Highlights combined with Wilderness Experience Eco-Tour

AKLHighlights Wilderness Experience

Setting out from your hotel in Auckland, your morning tour takes you sightseeing in the City of Sails, while the afternoon tour delivers you 18 miles (30 km) outside the city to the Waitakere Ranges.

Discover the highlights of this unique urban landscape, set on 48 dormant volcanic cones. You’ll have plenty of photo ops from vista points overlooking the two harbors — Waitemata and Manukau — and witness how the locals live in New Zealand's busiest city, site of the world-renowned America’s Cup. 

Light refreshments are provided, and lunch can be purchased (own expense).

In the afternoon, depart downtown for the Arataki Visitor Centre, and step out on the deck for views of the cityscape and harbors all the way to the Tasman Sea. Learn of the traditional Maori carvings that guard this gateway to the Waitakere Ranges, Auckland’s largest regional park. Your guide enlightens you on the region’s natural and cultural heritage.

Continue on to the wild and rugged west coast where you have the opportunity to stroll on an unspoiled beach. A short journey brings you to the lush rainforest. Gaze up at giant tree ferns and listen for native birdlife on your walk, and see an outstanding specimen of New Zealand's ancient kauri trees — a classic Kiwi experience — before returning to Auckland. 

This tour operator is a winner of the Winner of the Tourism Export Council 2016 Operator of the Year Award.

Customer Reviews

Leslie P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Had Alexander in the morning for the City tour and David and Jeff in the afternoon for the west coast tour. It was a great day of touring and we felt we really got to see Auckland and surroundings on our one day in the city. All 3 guides worked hard to stay on schedule and were a wealth of information all day long. A really exceptional experience! The smaller group size made for an enjoyable day out with plenty of time to see the sights.

Judith A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

I was very impressed with the tour guide. It was a small group of people but all of us felt very informed and rewarded by the experience.

Isabella B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our guide was an excellent combination of humour and information .....Never a dull moment. A great way to start our holiday in New Zealand. I very much enjoyed seeing the city as well as experiencing the west coast and countryside. An excellent tour!

Anne-Marie L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent tour and breathtaking scenery! Both guides Alin and Warren were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. They both went out of their way to make the experience memorable.

scott p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

If you have limited time in Auckland, this is the one tour you should consider it give you an overview of ALL of Auckland not just the city as Auckland stretches coast to coast.

Maura R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very enjoyable day.Guides both morning and afternoon knowledgeable and helpfull.Really enjoyed the whole experience and would highly recommend it.

David C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This is a fabulous tour. It was so great that the Hop-On Hop off tour was not needed since this tour gave a close up and personal tour of the area. It was fantastic and I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a great tour of Auckland and the surrounding area.

Steven Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great tour guide and sights..very educational..

Janet C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was absolutely amazing and the guides were great. With the city tour then the rainforest and beach in the afternoon, was so worth it, We seen so much and was definitely not disappointed with having such a short amount of time in New Zealand. This trip was worth it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great one day tour to get an overall picture of Auckland.
Tour guides were very informative and friendly.
I was extremely fortunate with the weather and the views were spectacular.

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