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New tour to Hobbiton and the Good George Brewery

Bush and Beach have teamed up with Hobbiton Movie Set and Good George Brewing Hamilton to offer a day trip to 2 gems of the Waikato on this small group tour from Auckland. we have called it the Hobbiton and Hops tour. The Good George Brewery make the beer for the Green Dragon at Hobbiton so this is […]

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Launching Domestic Tourism products

Bush and Beach is excited to be launching a range of ‘Kiwis guiding Kiwis’ day trips to help New Zealanders check out Auckland and the surrounding regions. Designed for Kiwi’s who do not have transport or prefer to let someone else do the driving, this selection of small group day trips has something for everyone. […]

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Iconic Auckland Tour Company Pivots into the Courier Trade – Press release

35 year old, multi award-winning, Zero Carbon Certified Auckland tour operator, Bush and Beach, has pivoted from guiding international visitors to Hobbiton, Piha,The Coromandel and on wine tours to delivering Auckland Council food parcels under contract to New Zealand Couriers. Managing Director, Ben Thornton, says, “Our business was 99% focussed on international tourists so with […]

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NZ Rosé Day 2020

NZ Rosé Day is upon us for 2020. Every year the wine industry celebrates the wonderful variety that you get in NZ Rosé wines. The 3 vineyards that we visit on our afternoon Auckland wine tour all produce quite different versions of Rosé . The Coopers Creek Rose, for example, is made of 80% Malbec […]

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Pou at Mercer Bay Point

There are several Maori carvings (or Pou) that we see on our day tours out to the West Coast. On our coast and rainforest tour we always see at least one. This one is at Mercer Bay which is between Piha beach and Karekare beach. Excavations have shown that this area is one of the […]

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Lion Rock at Piha Beach

Lion Rock is one of Auckland’s best known natural landmarks. It sits on the black sand beach of Piha and was so named by Europeans because looking at it from the South it has the profile of a lion lying down – much like a Sphinx. Māori background Of course the local Māori people of […]

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Rātā in flower

April in the Waitakere ranges means it is time for one of our rātā species to flower. Commonly seen on our nature tours to Piha they are unusual as they usually start off life as an epiphyte (or plant perched on a host tree) high in the forest canopy. Its roots grow down to the ground, […]

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Finalist for the Qualmark 100% Pure New Zealand Experience Awards 2019

Bush and Beach and our Wilderness Experience tour has been selected as a finalist in the Qualmark 100% Pure New Zealand Experience Awards 2019. The Bush and Beach Wilderness Experience tour was selected as a finalist from over 100 registrations that were received for the awards. Qualmark General Manager Gregg Anderson says that the volume […]

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Great summer for West Auckland wineries

Our local winemakers have welcomed the long hot summer in New Zealand. Harvest is now complete at the wineries we visit on our Auckland wine tour and the winemakers are happy with the harvest this summer. All of the wineries we visit in the Kumeu area grow some of their grapes on site in West […]

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Bush and Beach sponsor Muriwai planting day

At Bush and Beach we take our clients to some amazing locations and we like to give back to communities we visit by supporting local environmental initiatives. We were thrilled when we were recently given the chance to help the The Muriwai Environmental Action Community Trust who wanted to plant an area with native flax. Bush and […]

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