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Auckland Shore Excursion: Small-Group Coast and Rainforest Tour

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Auckland Shore Excursion: Small-Group Coast and Rainforest Tour
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icon7 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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See New Zealand’s coastal rainforest and black-sand beaches on a full-day shore excursion from the Auckland port. Visit Waitakere Ranges Regional Park for a guided bush walk and marvel at traditional Maori carvings and thousand-year-old kauri trees. Enjoy views over the Tasman Sea and savor a Kiwi-style picnic lunch on this small-group tour, with personalized attention from your professional guide.
  • Coast and rainforest small-group tour from Auckland
  • See breathtaking panoramic views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean
  • Walk on the soft black sand of an awe-inspiring west coast beach
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch before taking a stroll in a lush rainforest and see 1,000-year-old kauri trees
  • Enter the Arataki Visitor Center, gateway to the Waitakere Ranges
  • View traditional Maori carvings
  • Small-group tour ensures a personalized experience with your guide
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Cruise port pickup and drop-off at the Price Waterhouse Coopers bus stop (stop #1346), 188 Quay Street
Local guide
Light refreshments
Picnic lunch - please advise dietary requirements
Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
Gratuities
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
188 Quay Street , 188 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Pick up will be from the bus stop outside the PWC building (Price Waterhouse Coopers building bus stop (Stop #1346)), 188 Quay Street, Auckland at 9.50am. Please confirm this with Bush and Beach prior to the tour.

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  • M Social Auckland , 196/200 Quay Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
  • 10:00 AM
    This activity will end right where it started.If you are arriving off a ship please meet the tour at the bus stop outside the PWC building (Price Waterhouse Coopers building bus stop (Stop #1346)), 188 Quay Street, Auckland - This bus stop of located across and down the road from Ferry Building, Downtown Auckland. Pick up will be at 9.50am. Please reconfirm this with Bush and Beach prior to the cruise departure. If you are staying at a hotel, please let us know and we can give you a pick up time from there.
    When your ship pulls into port in Auckland, enjoy a full-day shore excursion exploring the rugged west coast of the North Island. After pickup near the cruise terminal, climb inside a comfortable vehicle for the drive to the Waitakere Ranges, Auckland’s largest regional park.

    You’ll make a stop at the Arataki Visitor Centre, where customary Maori carvings stand guard. From the outdoor decks, take in a coastal panorama of the Tasman Sea, with views reaching all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

    At your next stop, disembark for a moderate walk through a coastal rainforest. Follow your guide on a forest path alongside burbling streams and gaze up at giant tree ferns as you get acquainted with New Zealand’s native flora and fauna. Finish with a stroll along a black-sand beach and work up an appetite for your picnic lunch at a picturesque spot.

    After you’ve refueled, continue your journey to an untouched forest of virgin kauri trees, some as mature as 1,000 years old. Listen for birdsong amid the canopy and hear from your guide some fascinating tidbits of New Zealand natural history. Feel free to ask any questions about the country’s unique plant life, 70 percent of which evolved in isolation and are found nowhere else in the world.

    Your shore excursion ends with the return drive to Auckland and drop-off at the port. 

    Worry-Free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Auckland cruise port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
    Itinerary
    Pass By:  
    Auckland
    Enjoy your day in the Waitakere Ranges
    Stop At:  
    Arataki Visitor Centre - Waitakere Ranges
    Enjoy Arataki visitors centre - with views of both coast and Maori carvings.
    Duration: 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Karekare Falls
    Beautiful waterfall not far from Karekare Beach
    Duration: 20 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Mercer Bay Loop Walk
    This beautiful coastal walk has views from Piha to Karekare Beach
    Duration: 45 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Kitekite Falls
    Take a walk up to Kitekite Falls, not far from Piha Beach
    Duration: 40 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Piha Beach
    Enjoy the rugged black sands of Piha Beach as your stroll along the sand
    Duration: 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Moderate level of walking ability required. Includes approximately 2 hours of walking
    • Please advise your preferred lunch choice in the special requirements box upon booking: chicken, roast beef or vegetarian
    • All luggage must be kept aboard your ship or at a luggage storage facility at the port (own expense)
    • Minimum 2 adults required. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Please note: The walking includes stairs
    • Not recommended for travelers unable to walk stairs
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Bush and Beach
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Auckland Shore Excursion: Small-Group Coast and Rainforest Tour?
    A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

    • Face masks provided for travelers
    See all safety measures taken by Auckland Shore Excursion: Small-Group Coast and Rainforest Tour.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Auckland Shore Excursion: Small-Group Coast and Rainforest Tour?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Auckland Shore Excursion: Small-Group Coast and Rainforest Tour.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Auckland Shore Excursion: Small-Group Coast and Rainforest Tour?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    See all safety measures taken by Auckland Shore Excursion: Small-Group Coast and Rainforest Tour.

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    This was one of our highlights of...
    Deborah_D
    , Jan 2018
    This was one of our highlights of our 3 week trip. The tour guides took VERY good care of us and provided personal service-- even asked if we had any interest in stopping at a local artisan shop- which we did! The had towels for our wet feet after giving us time to eat a yummy lunch on the beach and explore the beach area. They provided drinks and snacks as well along the way. They split our group up by ability for our hikes tramps and both were VERY knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of the areas. They provided adequate time for picture taking and getting our fill of each area. Highly recommended tour!
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    Nice way to get out of the city, to the...
    Robert P
    , Mar 2017
    Nice way to get out of the city, to the western shore! We met our driver/guide Rob right across from the cruise port. He had already picked up 4 American women from hotels. We drove in a very comfortable, clean van.         We left the city of Auckland and headed towards the west coast, the Tasman Sea. We stopped first at the visitors center for the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. From here we could see both coasts, the Pacific and the Tasman Sea. There were very nice displays about the local flora and fauna as well as showing / explaining the lumbering business that denuded the rainforest that is now regrown. Then we continued on to Karekare, taking a short hike to a very high cascading waterfall. From there we walked on a sandy path to the beach where scenes from The Piano wer shot in 1993. The black sand is from the volcano and the sparkles in the sand are titanium. Rob said the steel used to make Hyundai cars comes from the North Island of NZ. Back to the van, there were picnic tables and we had lunch: delicious sandwiches Rob had picked up at a small local store, juice or water, and a Danish. There were about a dozen ducks looking for handouts of bread and providing some entertainment.         After lunch we drove to a high viewpoint of Piha, the famous surfing beach. Homes were tucked into/onto the very steep mountainside below us. We continued on a ways before stopping for a very nice hike through the rainforest seeing 1000 year old trees, the Kauri, and other interesting trees and plants. We finished with a beverage break and then headed back to the city to drop us off at the ship. Highly recommended way to spend a single day in Auckland!
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    Wonderful tour around Auckland. Our...
    Sarah H
    , Mar 2016
    Wonderful tour around Auckland. Our guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable. We saw some beautiful beaches and rainforest. Lovely small group. Amazing trip

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