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Nature tours

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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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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Karekare Beach among the best in the world

Congratulations from Bush and Beach to Karekare Beach for being listed by travel company Passport magazine as being one of the top 25 beaches in the world. We have long known of the beauty of this beach and regularly take tours to this magnificent beach on our coast and rainforest tour The panel of international […]

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