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Waitakere Ranges Guided Walk from Auckland

Auckland Central, New Zealand

From US$209.54

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Visit the Waitakere Ranges on an easy day trip from Auckland, including a guided forest walk among New Zealand’s ancient kauri trees to a hidden waterfall and cliffs, black sand beaches, and native sub-tropical rainforest. The vast stretch of rocky outcrops and western coastline belonging to the Waitakere Ranges Regional Parkland lies minutes outside the city. See views of Manukau Harbour and amble along the shoreline of a black-sand beach overlooking the Tasman Sea, then refuel with a picnic lunch.
  • Guided wilderness walk in the Waitakere Ranges from Auckland
  • View exhibits on native wildlife at the Arataki Visitor Centre
  • See amazing views over Manukau Harbour
  • Stop at one of the region's most beautiful black-sand beaches
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch and snack breaks
  • Listen to your guide's illuminating commentary

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

You get to follow uncharted paths that can't even be found in guidebooks, and it's right in Auckland's backyard!
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Snacks, hot and cold drinks
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Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick-up/drop-off within Auckland’s Downtown area including Cruise wharf


  • Level 1, Ports of Auckland Building/1 Sunderland St, Parnell, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Veer off the tourist trail to the North Island’s west coast, starting your day trip to the Waitakere Ranges with hotel pickup in Auckland. Passing through the artsy town of Titirangi, enjoy the short drive to this enchanting region, where native rainforest collides with a rugged coastline. 

Learn about the wildlife and lush vegetation of the Waitakere Ranges’ subtropical rainforest during a visit to the Arataki Visitor Centre, which boasts sweeping views over Auckland's cityscape all the way to Manukau Harbour. 

Then embark on a guided bush walk through a canopy of ubiquitous giant tree ferns and red-flowered pohutukawa trees (aka New Zealand Christmas trees). Learn from your guide’s illuminating commentary how the indigenous Maori used particular plants for medicinal purposes.

A visit to a spectacular waterfall and coastal lookouts for splendid views of the Tasman Sea is also included. The dramatic scenery was featured in 'The Piano,' an Oscar-winning movie by New Zealand filmmaker Jane Campion.

Depending on the weather, you’ll stop for a picnic lunch along the way. After lunch, continue your bush walk down to a beach covered in black sand, where you can stroll alongside the pounding surf or even dip your toes in the Tasman Sea if the weather allows.

Rest your feet on the return trip to downtown Auckland, with drop-off at your hotel.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • A moderate amount of walking (4-5 hrs) is involved over uneven terrain
  • Please dress appropriately depending on weather conditions of the day
  • Please bring good walking shoes, sun protection, swimming gear and your camera
  • Please note this tour is not bookable for ages under 4 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY TIME Unlimited Tours

If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

  • 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.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Waitakere Ranges Guided Walk from Auckland?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Waitakere Ranges Guided Walk from Auckland.
What is the policy on sanitization during Waitakere Ranges Guided Walk from Auckland?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Waitakere Ranges Guided Walk from Auckland.
What is the social distancing policy during Waitakere Ranges Guided Walk from Auckland?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Waitakere Ranges Guided Walk from Auckland.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Waitakere Ranges Guided Walk from Auckland?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Waitakere Ranges Guided Walk from Auckland.

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Hazel was Great
, Mar 2020
We went on the Waitakere Ranges Time Unlimited tour with Hazel. The tour was great and Hazel was an incredible guide. This was a highlight of our trip to New Zealand.
Excellent guide to Waitakere
, Dec 2019
Neill took care of my family very well. He was knowledgeable and excellent in explaining Maorian origins and meanings to the local landscape and traditions. Despite inclement weather, he was able to make the best out of the trip, which resulted in a truly unforgettable experience.
This was one of the best tours we...
, Oct 2016
This was one of the best tours we did while in Auckland. We had an awesome tour guide whose family is Maori, so she had all sorts of forklore stories and information on the politics of the area. It is a long day with alot to see and take in, but worth the price. A great bargain. I would do this tour again just for the scenery of the beachhead and the picnic lunch we had at the waterfall.
This was an excellent and highly...
, Oct 2015
This was an excellent and highly personalized experience with a small group. The perfect choice of guided walks made us possible for us to discover a range of extraordinary landscapes. Our guide, Neil, was very friendly, very knowledgeable and well-organized. We highly recommend this tour to discover the Auckland area!

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