Full-Day Wild West Coast Photo and Discovery Tour including Lunch from Auckland
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.
- Live commentary on board
- Professional photographer guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- 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
Everything went very well. Jus 4 of us on tour which made for a very personalized tour and plenty of opportunity to talk with guide. Tour guide and driver, Brett, was great especially his knowledge of the rainforest fauna. Enjoyed our time and glad we went.
Brett guided us perfectly. I enjoyed very much for fantastic wildness of west coast of Auckland. There were many things to experience.
Brett lead a fantastic tour. I got to learn about some of the culture, see some beautiful landscape and walked the beaches and up some different trails. It was a very worthwhile tour. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Brett is very personable.
Brett, set the bar pretty high...what can I say...He has now forever spoiled me for future tours to come. He was prompt picking me up, great conversationalist, warm and friendly, uber knowledgeable about photography, the bush, New Zealand's history, the ocean, wildlife, and the overall geography, and he was very patient. Also there is a lot of diversity you will see on the tour with respect to terrain, so never a dull moment (e.g. beaches, cliffs, wildlife, waterfalls, you name it you will see it). Because it was just him and I on the tour we did a bit of climbing and hiking which was nice to get to see the really great views! However he ensures that he caters the tours for the current client, so if you have arthritis or other ailments he will make modifications to the tour and maybe cutout some of the strenuous climbing. But just being honest, to truly enjoy NZ you need to be in decent shape. There are a lot of mountains, hills, rough terrain, and cliffs, that put a hurting on my thighs. But a much needed one. Moving right along, Brett showed me how to take proper photos, he took plenty of photos of me that I can keep, and I felt like we were on an adventure I didn't want to end. I also loved the restaurant we stopped in.... It was packed with locals and the food was scrumptious. I was sad when it was over but I felt like I got more than my money's worth...I got a real piece of New Zealand that I will always have in my heart.
Brett was a phenomenal tour guide who shared incredible amounts of information about New Zealand and the areas he showed us. Getting away to the west coast of the north island is a must do, and this tour goes to some incredible sights including secluded beaches, waterfalls, and deep forests like no other. Take a camera -- you won't be disappointed!
This was wonderful! We took many beautiful pictures and our tour guide Ilisa was lovely and very knowledgeable about the area. We highly recommended this experience.