Start with pickup from your Auckland hotel, then relax during the 30-minute drive to your first destination, the Arataki Visitor Centre, gateway to the Waitakere Ranges. Here, see traditional Maori carvings and get great photo ops of the rain forest, Tasman Sea, and Pacific Ocean. Then hear from your guide about the region’s history and ecosystem as you head to the North Island’s wild west coast. Enjoy time to walk along Black Sand Beach and check out its distinctive black sand.
Continue to a lush rain forest for a leisurely nature walk that passes giant tree ferns where a variety of birds live. Your guide points out native flora and fauna along the way. After five hours in the beautiful outdoors, your tour ends with hotel drop-off back in Auckland.
This tour operator won the Tourism Export Council 2016 Operator of the Year Award.