• Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration: 6 hours (approx.)
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Escape the concrete jungle of Auckland for a natural adventure along the North Island’s west coast during this 6-hour trip to Piha and Waitakere. Explore this eco-region’s wealth of rugged sea cliffs, black-sand beaches, towering ‘Kauri’ trees and gushing waterfalls, learning about local Maori traditions and native wildlife along the way. Lunch is also included.


  • Discover the beauty of the Piha and Waitakere regions near Auckland
  • Admire the natural beauty of the areas' black-sand beaches, waterfalls, forests and local wildlife
  • Learn about traditional Maori culture and creatures like the weta at Arataki Visitor Centre
  • Hike to Lion Rock or watch the waves on a black sand beach in the Piha area
  • Includes lunch at an eatery in Piha
  • Great outdoor escape near Auckland

What You Can Expect

Full-Day Piha and Waitakere Ecotour Including Lunch from Auckland

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Receive a morning pickup from your Auckland hotel, continuing on a 30-minute drive to Waitakere Regional Park.

You’ll make your first stop of the day at the Arataki Visitor Centre, where you can gaze out at the panoramic vistas of Auckland and its two harbors. This cultural center also offers unique insight into Maori culture thanks to a variety of Maori carvings on display. You can also learn more about local wildlife in the area, including the ‘weta’ insect and the sky-high ‘Kauri’ trees.

Continue deeper into this wilderness area by heading to the nearby Piha region. You’ll take a short walk to visit a picturesque cascade of waterfalls, and search for native creatures such as the long fin eels and the ‘Keruru’ bird. Make your last activity stop of the morning at one of Piha’s black-sand beaches, a site where you can explore the famous Lion Rock, take a quick dip, or simply sit back and watch the pounding surf.

Before heading back to Auckland, enjoy an included lunch in Piha, after which you’ll receive a drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Kim B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Mylo was an amazing guide! He was knowledgeable, friendly and fun. He took us on a great tour of seeing coastline, waterfalls and beaches. I highly recommend him and his company.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This was a really good tour, made the better by MIlo. He at no time rushed us along, and kept things going at our pace, not his. That was appreciated. The cultural centre was interesting, and the surf beach fun. But the highlight for us was the opportunity to swim in a waterfall which was only a short stroll from our parking spot. Milo's knowledge, being a local, and story telling added to the day immensely. Would recommend this tour for people of all ages.

Glenn J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Milo was a great host and showed us some super scenery. Waterfall was highlight but the day was well worth the price and time.

Daniel S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

A truly flexible small group tour. Outstanding vistas, beaches and local information. The option of eating at the store next door, rather than waste time at a busy restaurant was an excellent decision by the tour guide. And the food was great!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Great tour of the western outskirts of Auckland, and Piha with the black sand beaches. The Aratiki visitor center was also interesting.
Milo was a great guide! Had a good lunch at a cute and quaint cafe near the beach.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

The tour guide was exelent! Surfer that lives in piha. Realy nice and interesting chat. Lovely place todo visit.

Katelyn G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

GREAT tour! Our tour guide Paul was amazing. Picked us up right from our hotel. He was a very nice guy and very informative about New Zealand. You get to see many great things in this tour including a spectacular waterfall. Piha of course is stunning.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

The guide was very good, picked us up on time, and delivered us back to our hotel, which many won't do. He was very informative and pleasant to be around. The scenery was great.

Roger I B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Very good trip - does what it says on the box, Paul was friendly, informative and went out of his way to be a good guide. Recommended.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Paul, our guide, picked us up on time and at the designated spot! From the beginning of the tour he was friendly and knowledgeable about Auckland. We were allowed plenty of time to take pictures and he even offered to take our group shots for us. Although all the stops were amazing on the tour, the highlight of the day for us was stopping at beautiful Piha Beach . We had nearly two hours to explore and eat lunch before driving back to the city. Paul made the tour fun and interesting and we'd highly recommend this to anyone who wants to see New Zealand outside of Auckland!!

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