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West Auckland Coast & Rainforest Walking Day Tour – LT56CS

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7 hours


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14 people




This full day tour is for lovers of nature and walking. Your experienced local nature guide will take you on a range of rainforest, beach and clifftop short hikes. 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 they have to offer.

After pick up from your Cruise Ship berthed in Auckland we have a short (30min) drive to the Arataki Visitor Centre – gateway to the coastal rainforest. Enjoy amazing 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 Māori carvings and your guide will talk about them and explain their significance for the area.

Your eco-tour includes a guided short hike in an area of stunning rainforest, home to our unique trees and plants which have developed separately from the rest of the world for millions of years. Your guide will explain about the local plants and animals as you walk through the forest. Your guide will give you insights into how Māori would have used the native plants for food and medicine. During the day you will also visit one of our iconic Kauri trees.

Next your guide will find a scenic location for you to enjoy a picnic lunch (You get to choose what you have from a local bakery!). After lunch we take a short hike along the clifftop tracks with stunning views along the coast and out across the Tasman Sea.

During the day we go to an awe-inspiring west coast beach where you can stroll along the soft black sand beach and watch the surf waves crashing in.

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 39 years so you will be being looked after by the local experts. We alter the order we do things during the day to suit the tides and local conditions on the day.

At the end of the day you will travel by road back to Auckland and be dropped off back at your cruise ship.

Tour includes:
Views and Māori carvings at Arataki Visitor Centre
Walk on a black sand beach
Visit an old (800years+) Kauri tree
Guided short hike in the rainforest
Up to 3 x one-hour short hikes
Picnic lunch (*)
Pick up and drop off at cruise berth
* please specify at the time of booking if you have any dietary requirements

Also please note that there are up to three one-hour short hikes during the day and several areas of steps (stairs) and uneven surfaces so a good level of fitness is required. If you want a gentler afternoon in the area check out our excursion LT56BCS

Tour Duration 7 hours

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  • Native Bush and Rainforest
  • Spectacular Coastlines and beaches


  • Three Short 1 hour hikes
  • Lunch

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