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Full-Day Wild West Coast Photo and Discovery Tour including Lunch from Auckland

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    What to Expect
    The day starts at 9am with a free pickup from your central city accommodation . We head out approximately 40minutes from the ctiy towards the West Coast . Situated at the foothills of the Waitakere Ranges we drive through Titirangi, an area rich in culture and with many galleries and outdoor Cafes it is a favorite spot for artists of many kinds.

    We then head up the aptly named Scenic Drive where our first stop is the Arataki Visitor Center. Perched high on the ridge there are some amazing views of both coasts from the lookouts. Inside there are many interactive displays showcasing animals, plant life and early settlers lives in the ranges.

    From here we head out to see a pristine area of native rainforest with many trees over 1000 years old. We also walk through the bush which is a relatively flat 1.5 km loop. If you would rather you can just do a section of the walk.

    After some morning tea we head over to see two of our more famous west coast beaches Piha and Karekare. Although right next to each other on the Coast they are worlds apart in nature and ambience. Piha has the epic views , the iconic Lion Rock and is famous for its surf , many people call Piha home. Karekare by contrast has a different character, it is more brooding and isolated in nature and very few people live there.

    We walk on both beaches as well as seeing some beautiful waterfalls and walking through some enchanting Pohutakawa glades.

    Karekare is also the site of our barbecue and while the barbecue is cooking some people stroll along the beach while others are happy to sit and relax by the river, the choice is yours.

    Feeling refreshed and invigorated  from your day in the fresh air we drop you back at your central city accommodation around 4.30-5.00pm.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Auckland Central, Auckland Central, North Island

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Duration
    8h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Lunch
    • Driver/guide
    • Live commentary on board
    • Professional photographer guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    If you are in Auckland for any length of time and enjoy photography with a bit of tramping, this is a must! Yes, you must be willing to walk uphill for a few minutes at a time, so if you like totally sendetary trips, this isn't for you. On the other hand, the hiking is minimal
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    This is a tour that you don't want to miss in New Zealand especially if you don't have a lot of time or just want a taste of the west coast. We went to many places. Piha Beach was crowded since there's a competition. We took some great pictures on the northern side of Piha Beach
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    I had planned this as our last tour before leaving New Zealand. We had probably the best tour of the west coast with pictures to remember this day. Brett is the most amazing informative tour guide and an excellent photographer with great hints for the best pictures. This is
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    Brett is very knowledgeable, easy-going, quite amusing and entertaining- a delightful combination in a tour operator. We enjoyed all the sights- the waterfall, the black beach, the lunch stop at The Piha Cafe, the nature trail, etc. Brett shared his love of nature and was full
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    This was without a doubt one of the best tour experiences that my husband and I have ever had. Brett is without a doubt one of the most knowledgeable, caring and talented persons I have ever met. Brett picked us up at our hotels (group of 3 that day, incredibly lucky for us) and
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    By: Unique Visions Tours
    S-Man283
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    6536
    Best day trip from Auckland
    If you are in Auckland for any length of time and enjoy photography with a bit of tramping, this is a must! Yes,
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    WilsonH
    40
    Amazing and Awsome Tour
    This is a tour that you don't want to miss in New Zealand especially if you don't have a lot of time or just want
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    Helen G
    St. Thomas
    20
    Best Tour of Auckland West Coast
    I had planned this as our last tour before leaving New Zealand. We had probably the best tour of the west coast
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    JerseyGirl09
    Jersey Shore, New Jersey
    2218
    GREAT Tour- don't hesitate
    Brett is very knowledgeable, easy-going, quite amusing and entertaining- a delightful combination in a tour
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    Jaclyn G
    Pewaukee, Wisconsin
    143
    A beautiful place to visit!
    My son and I were coming in port off a cruise. Brett was on time at picking us up at a nearby hotel. We
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    Andrea P
    10
    If you can only do one thing in Auckland, you MUST do this! You will see everything worth seeing!
    This was without a doubt one of the best tour experiences that my husband and I have ever had. Brett is without a
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    WILLIAM B
    Lake Worth, Florida
    24558
    The Long and Winding Road(s)
    A nice get away from the city. Brett knows his stuff and happily shares that knowledge with his passengers. If
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    Happiness532465
    72
    Great Experience!
    This was my favorite tour during my 10 day visit to NZ. Brett is an excellent guide for the places we visited,
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    Kelly
    11
    Half day tour from Auckland
    Brett was a great tour guide. They day was great we saw everything that was promised. Only 7 total people on the
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    Hopelesswanderer
    10
    Amazing day!!
    This was my favorite tour in Auckland! Brett was delightful and showed our group a lot of great spots - highly
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