Adventure Day Trip to West Coast Beaches from Auckland
There will be a brief pit-stop on the way to the wild west allowing you to purchase any essentials (sunscreen, sandwiches or water, morning coffee) before we head to the chosen locations for the day.
Whatipu offers caving, rock scrambling, sand dune climbs, amazing views and the safest swimming on the West Coast. Also, one of the most picturesque drives in Auckland. If we are lucky we might even find seals or penguins there.
Piha offers everything from amazing views, the iconic Lion rock, often big (10+foot) surf crashing through amazing canyons and rocks, adventure swims (in caves and lagoons), river crossings, exciting rock scrambles and some of the most beautiful lunch spots you will find in Auckland.
Anawhata is the most remote of Auckland's west coast surf beaches. More big surf, beautiful (and strenuous) hikes, maybe the best photographic beach in Auckland, the monolithic Keyhole rock, and some incredible lagoon swimming.
Kitekite Falls is a 140 foot 3-level waterfall. In our tour you will explore all three levels (as long as the group is capable as the hiking is high-level to the mid level) and swim beneath the waters if you wish. There is also a 30 minute hike to and from the falls through a beautiful rain forest which you can enjoy.
Lake Wainamou (Bethells dunes) are huge sand-dunes in a vast desert. Walk through a windy sandy creek. Experience (safely) the thrill of quicksand beneath your feet. Run or roll down giant sand dunes. Swim in a beautiful mountain lake. Dive from the little jetty or the tree swing into calm waters.
As a group we will pick from these (or a few more) locations that best suit the group and the day. Generally we will do two of the above locations, and eat lunch (not provided) with a beautiful view.
You will be returned to the central city around 4:00pm ideally sandy, wet, tired and happy.
- Pickups (and dropoffs) from several central Auckland locations
- Food and drink
- Any other personal expenses
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- A maximum of 11 people per booking
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
- Bring swimming gear, sunscreen, jandals (flipflops) and water
Unfortunately The owner of this tour did not contact us to confirm pick up time as stated on voucher, we have to call him and even he seemed not sure what time to pick us up. On the day of the tour he rang us but he was late for 20 minutes. Unfortunately I missed the fun at waterfall, there was a bus and car crush on the way to the waterfall only one lane road and closed the road which I was really interested and the reason for this tour booking. He replace to visit other place but he was not been there for a year and it was changed and could not jump into the water so we just drive there and back to the city. I had only half day fun and other half day was drive around in small van with full capacity of 3:2:3 sitting total of 8 people. He offered free tour next day but I have other commitment. I feel He was not prepare for any unusual may happen. He promised to put photos taken on the half day but I sill can not find in Facebook. It was disappointing day.
Such a great last day in Auckland. We had a good tour guide and we stopped to get some meat pies that were so good. Piha beach was amazing but the hiking to the top was rough but the views were so worth it
Let me just start by saying if you want to see Auckland in all its GLORY, book this tour with Black Sands. Shaun the CEO made this tour unforgettable and my absolute favorite part of my whole trip in Auckland. My only regret is I didn't have additional days to book another tour with him.
This is one of those trips where you made friends instead of feeling like you are in a standard commercialized tour. Shaun is a amazing guide and friend, a true local that have the required knowledge and safety awareness for his tour participants. The tour has a high level of customization, you get in the car and Shaun will tell you about the weather, the tide, the wind etc and how to make the most of the day. He took us to the ugliest place for lunch and it was spectacular. Shaun also took us to all these little spots only a true local knows, there were plenty of people at Piha and yet the places we went to we only saw a few people. It really does feel like a fun adventure day with a friend more than anything. I would highly recommend travelers with a moderately fitness level to go with this tour company, you will get the chance to push your limits safely. p.s. Shaun's got the best stories, there wasn't a moment of boredom throughout the trip! :