Full-Day Piha and Waitakere Ecotour from Auckland
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Waitakere Ranges
Experience the beauty of the West Coast of Auckland
Duration: 6 hours
Stop At: Arataki Visitor Centre
You’ll make your first stop of the day at the Arataki Visitor Centre, where you can gaze out at the panoramic vistas of Auckland and its two harbours. This cultural centre also offers unique insight into Maori culture thanks to a variety of Maori carvings on display. You can also learn more about local wildlife in the area, including the ‘weta’ insect and the sky-high ‘Kauri’ trees
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Elements Surf
Continue deeper into this wilderness area by heading to the nearby Piha region. You’ll take a short walk to visit a picturesque cascade of waterfalls and search for native creatures such as the longfin eels and the ‘Keruru’ bird. Make your last activity stop of the morning at one of Piha’s black-sand beaches, a site where you can explore the famous Lion Rock, take a quick dip, or simply sit back and watch the pounding surf.
Duration: 2 hours
- Return Transport from Auckland City
- Guided Tour through The Arataki Visitor Centre
- Visit to KareKare Falls
- Visit to Piha Beach
- Free Time at Piha Beach
- Light Snacks / Water Included
- No Food (Optional if guests want to go to the cafe)
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Adult pricing applies to all travellers
- Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
- A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
- Board hire $30.00 (optional)
- Most travelers can participate
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Our guide was very personable and informative with a casual individual approach and flexible with options. I would have liked to have taken the more adventurous hike through the forest but as a group it wasn't possible. Overall though it was a great day out! :-)
We had an amazing time with Dave! He arrived to pick us up on time. He kept the drive out to the visitor center interesting with information about where we were going and what was coming up. Facilitated some awesome pictures of the rainforest, the waterfall, and the black sand beach. We were never rushed, he gave us the time to really take in the environment. There was a little rain when we set off from the hotel but it cleared off. Overall, it was a fantastic day! Dave was like a friend who took us around for a day out of the city.
First of all - the amount of people going on our tour consisted of a whole whopping two of us. The fact that the company didn't cancel the excursion because of that is amazing. Dave, our tour guide, was waiting for us in the lobby on time and ready to go. Since it was just my friend and I, Dave allowed us to tailor the day to what best fit our interests. He was very knowledgeable, and had several funny anecdotes about the areas we were visiting. He was also friendly and easy going. Bless his heart, we must have changed the plans on him no less than 5 times, and he happily rolled with the punches each time. We were able to see everything we wanted to, including two truly gorgeous waterfalls, and Dave made it so that we were able to experience the beauty of New Zealand in the way that appealed to us the most. Even if we did have to share this tour with others, the places we visited were stunning, and ended up being some of the top highlights of our trip overall. Great day, impressive scenery and wonderful tour guide.
This was a really good tour, made the better by MIlo. He at no time rushed us along, and kept things going at our pace, not his. That was appreciated. The cultural centre was interesting, and the surf beach fun. But the highlight for us was the opportunity to swim in a waterfall which was only a short stroll from our parking spot. Milo's knowledge, being a local, and story telling added to the day immensely. Would recommend this tour for people of all ages.
The tour guide was exelent! Surfer that lives in piha. Realy nice and interesting chat. Lovely place todo visit.
Our guide Paul was really friendly, knowledgeable and entertaining. Our group was nice and small, only about 7 of us. Piha beach was beautiful and the walks were reasonably easy, even with the need to carry our 2yr old all the way up the cliff. I'd probably wish for a bit more time there, to relax by the beach and enjoy the breeze. Otherwise the duration of the tour was just nice and the views were stunning.