• Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
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Explore the Waitakere Ranges and the North Island’s rugged west coast, including Black Sand Beach, during an afternoon tour with a guide who is knowledgeable about New Zealand flora and fauna. From the Arataki Centre, admire sweeping views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Learn about Maori history, stroll the beach and take a nature walk through a lush rainforest while you experience Auckland's largest regional park.


  • Admire the amazing Waitakere Ranges on this afternoon tour from Auckland
  • Visit Arataki Center, gateway to the Waitakere Ranges
  • Breathtaking panoramic views of the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean
  • Enjoy light refreshments
  • See native wildlife
  • Local english-speaking guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from centrally located Auckland hotels

What You Can Expect

Waitakere Ranges Wilderness Experience Eco-Tour from Auckland

Wilderness Experience Eco-Tour from Auckland

After pickup from your centrally located hotel, depart Auckland on a 30-minute drive west to the Arataki Centre — gateway to the breathtaking Waitakere Ranges. Snap photos of traditional Maori carvings that stand sentinel as you soak up breathtaking views, from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Note – a brief stop is made at a local bakery for those who have not had lunch.  You are welcome to eat on the bus!

Learn about the region’s history from your guide during your visit to Auckland's largest regional park, followed by a drive all the way to the North Island’s wild coastline. Here, get out of the vehicle to walk along the shores of Black Sand Beach and marvel at the namesake sand beneath your feet. 

You’ll continue to experience the awe-inspiring power of New Zealand’s nature with a short trip to a lush rainforest setting. Enjoy an easy bush walk along a path through giant tree ferns and as you listen for the calls of local birds. Your expert guide identifies native flora and fauna before returning you to Aukland with drop-off at your hotel. 

This tour operator won the Tourism Export Council 2016 Operator of the Year Award.

Customer Reviews

Suzanne L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Seeing and hiking through the beautiful lush forest, then spending time on the black sand beach within an hour - and lots of great Maori history. Great excursion!

Gabriela M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Hermosos tour, paisajes increibles. Guia ameno y entretenido. Tiempo suficiente en los lugares para visitar.

Rick R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Highly recommend this tour. Excellent guide who was pleasant, accommodating and very knowledgeable. Visited a couple of waterfalls as a bonus. Who knew there was this beautiful and amazing countryside within the city limits of Auckland!

Lynn B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Excellent tour and our guide Tamara and The driver Ross were great! Very informative tour! A tour not to be missed!!

David C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This was a very enjoyable experience. Both Sean and Warren provided a nice balance between facts and details to personal insights which made the histories and evolutions of a varied landscape and its flora and fauna easy to understand and accessible without any prior knowledge. Thank you again.

Rebecca E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Great tour with knowledgeable guides!

Tracy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This was an amazing tour out of the city. The different landscapes were like nothing i have ever seen before.

Rosemary S United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Unfortunatey missed the trip due to travel delay caused by Malaysian airlines. Disappointed.

Eric S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Absolutely amazing trip. Gorgeous sites, very knowledgeable and friendly guides. Wonderful introduction to the sites and concerns of New Zealand Bush

Gisela D K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

The tour was a wonderful escape from the city. The trip from East to West, the Pacific ocean to the Tasman sea, was filled with beautiful overlooks, a waterfall, a black sand beach and an easy, very informative nature hike. We were even served with tea, coffee and cookies at our beach stop.

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