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Working with Woven Earth

Since late 2020 we have been fortunate to be working with a charity organisation called Woven Earth. Woven Earth furnish the homes and lives of families that have fled domestic violence situations. When the borders to NZ closed due to covid we converted some of our tour buses into delivery vans (we took the seats […]

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Muriwai gannet colony going from strength to strength

The gannet colony at Muriwai this year seems to be going from strength to strength. We have been seeing a good number of chicks on our tours and all of the usual nesting areas are being used. There have been chicks at the colony for a few months now but there are still some very […]

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Tourism Company helping recent migrants learn about water safety

West Auckland Tourism Company, Bush and Beach, last week ran a free day out for a group from Literacy Waitākere to introduce them to nature and water safety. The group were from all over the world including Afghanistan, Cambodia, Myanmar and Iraq. As well as a great day out it was a chance for them […]

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Sustainable Charter Buses

With a lack of international tourists we have been running tours for locals and also using our vehicles and drivers as charter buses for hire for private events and private tours. People are liking that they can hire a bus and driver to go wherever they want, on their time schedule and all with a […]

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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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