Running every afternoon visiting Piha beach and the rainforest this nature tour is a great introduction to New Zealand nature and visits some stunning scenery of rainforest and Piha’s black sand surf beach. Easy walking tracks and dramatic coastlines are only a short drive from Auckland city centre and our experienced guides and small group size means you will be well looked after.
After being picked up at your hotel our first stop is at a visitors centre at the entrance to the largest native rainforest area around Auckland. The Arataki visitors centre has dramatic panoramic views across the rainforest and both of Auckland’s harbours as well as views back to Auckland City. The visitors centre is also home to some traditional Māori carvings and your guide will talk about them and explain their significance for the area.
Continue on to the lush native rainforest where you walk the easy tracks among giant tree ferns. See and find out about the famous New Zealand silver fern, manuka and kauri trees as your guide talks about what makes New Zealand nature so unique. We also talk about the original Māori uses for some of the plants in the forest.
We then move on to experience the power of the rugged west coast. We stop at a stunning viewpoint overlooking Piha beach and the Tasman Sea before going down to the black sand beach. There you get the chance to stroll along one of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer and watch the surf waves rolling in.
During the afternoon we also include a New Zealand style afternoon tea including biscuits (cookies), manuka honey and tea and coffee or juice. When time and traffic allow we also go to see an 800 year old kauri tree.
As well as keeping you entertained and informed our guides make sure you have plenty of opportunities to ask questions and make sure there are lots of photo opportunities. We have been running tours in this area for 37 years so you will be being looked after by the local experts.
If you want to have a sneak preview of this tour you can see it as a virtual tour here.
“The whole trip was very informative and beautiful” – Trip Advisor review June 2021 (read the full review here)
Please note: lunch is not included but there is the opportunity to purchase it enroute (cash is required to buy lunch).
Operates 364 days of the year
A minimum of 2 people are required for this tour to run
Child price for ages 2-11
If you are looking for a full day out you can add our city tour in the morning and book the Best of Both Worlds tour
If you want to do this as a private tour you can find out more here.
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