Just a 30 minute drive from downtown Auckland brings you to the Arataki Centre, perched high in the Waitakere Ranges, where the sweeping decks give breathtaking panoramic views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Absorb the local history and admire the magnificent traditional Maori carvings that stand guard there.

Head further west and experience the power of the wild and rugged west coast. Feel the black sand beneath your feet as you stroll along some of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer.

With knowledgeable and experienced guides your eco-tour continues on to the lush rainforest where you hear native birdsong as you walk the easy bush tracks among New Zealand’s famous kauri trees and giant tree ferns.

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Tour / Activity Details

5 hours
12:30 pm daily

48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required. Tour includes Auckland inner city pick-up. Rates are per person in US Dollars. Please order online or call 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

There is a $6.95 USD processing fee per order. This is a flat fee regardless of the number of tickets or tours purchased on an order. There is a service charge per ticket. This charge will be reflected on your summary before you checkout. The total shown at checkout includes any fuel surcharges, service charges and tax. There are no additional charges, unless otherwise specified.

Tour / Activity Policies

Cancellation Policy: There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change Fee Policy: If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

Tour / Activity Description

COVID-19 Protocols Updates

  • The New Zealand government has outlined a five-step Covid reopening plan. The border is now open to New Zealand citizens coming from anywhere in the world. By May 1, 2022, fully vaccinated people from Australia or visa waiver countries - including the United Kingdom, the United States and many European nations -- will be able to enter New Zealand and self-test on arrival. By October 2022, all visa categories will reopen, including visitor visas.
  • Vehicles are not filled beyond 75% capacity (unless it is for one private "travel bubble")
  • All touch surfaces are disinfected daily
  • Air-conditioning filters are sprayed with disinfectant regularly
  • Masks and Hand Sanitizer available in every vehicle
  • Each vehicle has a unique QR code for track and tracing if required
  • All staff are fully vaccinated against Covid
  • Any staff displaying any symptoms remain at home until they are clear of symptoms and have a negative Rapid Antigen Test


Tour Includes

  • Visiting Piha’s black sand beach
  • Guided walk in the rainforest
  • Views and Maori carvings at Arataki Visitor Centre
  • Afternoon tea
  • Pick-up and drop-off at inner city accommodation

Not Included

  • Lunch is not included, but there is the opportunity to purchase it enroute (cash is required to buy lunch).

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to bring? -- Comfortable walking shoes, suitable outdoor clothing, and cash for lunch. 

What if it rains? -- The tour is wonderful in any weather conditions. Raincoats will be provided if necessary.

Are we allowed to swim? -- For safety reason your guides cannot allow people to swim in the surf at the west coast beaches, strong undertows and rips make them hazardous.

How much walking do we do? -- Tours are tailored to suit the abilities of the passengers on the day. The trip is split up into sections so there is time to relax and rest.

48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required.
 Tour includes Auckland inner city pick-up. Rates are per person in US Dollars. Please order online or call 212-852-4822 to order or for more information.

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