• Tour code: 26112P6
  • Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration: Flexible
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For the ultimate private day trip from Auckland to the West Coast, combine a tour of Piha and Waitakere with a private surf lesson at the best surf beach in New Zealand. Take in panoramic views over Auckland and the Waitakere Ranges, find waterfalls in the subtropical wilderness, learn about Maori culture at the Arataki Visitor Centre, and learn to surf in Piha.

Highlights

  • Private full-day tour of Piha and Waitakere with surfing lesson, from Auckland
  • Learn about Maori culture at the Arataki Visitor Centre in the Waitakere Ranges
  • Look for native wildlife and dip into a waterfall pool
  • Take a 3-hour surfing lesson with a private instructor
  • Lounge around the black sand beach of Piha and check out Lion Rock
  • Includes snacks, lunch, surf lesson with gear, and hotel pickup and drop-off

What You Can Expect

After morning pickup from your central Auckland accommodation, relax in your comfortable private vehicle during the 30-minute drive to Waitakere Ranges Regional Park.

Stop at the Arataki Visitor Centre, a museum nestled in the Waitakere Ranges. Take in views over Auckland and the two harbors, then browse informative exhibits to learn about Maori traditions such as wood carving. You'll also see native plants and wildlife like the Kauri tree and the weta.

Take an easy walk into the lush forest to see a cascading waterfall. You can swim in the freshwater pools, look for native wildlife such as long fin eels, keruru and pokeku, and snack on light refreshments provided by your guide.

Stop for the views at Piha's lookout point, then head down to the beach for your private 3-hour surf lesson with an an expert instructor. Start with a full safety briefing and practice on the beach, before trying out your skills on the water. Your lesson includes all surfing gear; you only need to bring your swimsuit and towel.

After your surf lesson, have free time at Piha's famous black-sand beach and perhaps take a walk up Lion Rock. Your tour includes a light refreshments mid-morning, and a healthy lunch.

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