Auckland Shore Excursion: Small-Group Coast and Rainforest Tour

Duration: 7 hours
Destination: New Zealand, North Island, Auckland

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  • 7 hours
  • Auckland
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Explore New Zealand’s rugged west coast and rainforest when you’re in port in Auckland on a scenic and invigorating full-day shore excursion. You’ll see panoramic ocean views in the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, take a guided walk through coastal rainforest and visit a forest of ancient kauri trees. You’ll also go for a walk along a black-sand beach, have a picnic lunch, and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Waitākere Ranges Regional Park, Waiatarua, Auckland 0604, New Zealand

Enjoy your day in the Waitakere Ranges

Stop At: Arataki - Waitakere Ranges, 300 Scenic Drive, Oratia, Piha, Auckland 0604 New Zealand

Enjoy Arataki visitors centre - with views of both coast and Maori carvings.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Karekare Falls, 1 Lone Kauri Road, Karekare, Auckland 0772 New Zealand

Beautiful waterfall not far from Karekare Beach

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Mercer Bay Loop Walk, Log Race Road, Piha 0772, New Zealand

This beautiful coastal walk has views from Piha to Karekare Beach

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Kitekite Falls, Piha, Auckland New Zealand

Take a walk up to Kitekite Falls, not far from Piha Beach

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Piha Beach, Piha, Auckland New Zealand

Enjoy the rugged black sands of Piha Beach as your stroll along the sand

Duration: 30 minutes

  • Cruise port pickup and drop-off at the Price Waterhouse Coopers bus stop (stop #1346), 188 Quay Street
  • Local guide
  • Light refreshments
  • Picnic lunch - please advise dietary requirements
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee

  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Moderate level of walking ability required. Includes approximately 2 hours of walking
  • Please advise your preferred lunch choice in the special requirements box upon booking: chicken, roast beef or vegetarian
  • All luggage must be kept aboard your ship or at a luggage storage facility at the port (own expense)
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please note: The walking includes stairs
  • Not recommended for travelers unable to walk stairs
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
Departure Point

Price Waterhouse Coopers building bus stop (Stop #1346)

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point at 5pm

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


7 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Debbie D.

19 Jan, 2018

This was one of our highlights of our 3 week trip. The tour guides took VERY good care of us and provided personal service-- even asked if we had any interest in stopping at a local artisan shop- which we did! The had towels for our wet feet after giving us time to eat a yummy lunch on the beach and explore the beach area. They provided drinks and snacks as well along the way. They split our group up by ability for our hikes tramps and both were VERY knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of the areas. They provided adequate time for picture taking and getting our fill of each area. Highly recommended tour!

Robert P

01 Mar, 2017

Nice way to get out of the city, to the western shore! We met our driver/guide Rob right across from the cruise port. He had already picked up 4 American women from hotels. We drove in a very comfortable, clean van.
        We left the city of Auckland and headed towards the west coast, the Tasman Sea. We stopped first at the visitors center for the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. From here we could see both coasts, the Pacific and the Tasman Sea. There were very nice displays about the local flora and fauna as well as showing / explaining the lumbering business that denuded the rainforest that is now regrown. Then we continued on to Karekare, taking a short hike to a very high cascading waterfall. From there we walked on a sandy path to the beach where scenes from The Piano wer shot in 1993. The black sand is from the volcano and the sparkles in the sand are titanium. Rob said the steel used to make Hyundai cars comes from the North Island of NZ. Back to the van, there were picnic tables and we had lunch: delicious sandwiches Rob had picked up at a small local store, juice or water, and a Danish. There were about a dozen ducks looking for handouts of bread and providing some entertainment.
        After lunch we drove to a high viewpoint of Piha, the famous surfing beach. Homes were tucked into/onto the very steep mountainside below us. We continued on a ways before stopping for a very nice hike through the rainforest seeing 1000 year old trees, the Kauri, and other interesting trees and plants. We finished with a beverage break and then headed back to the city to drop us off at the ship. Highly recommended way to spend a single day in Auckland!

Sarah H

06 Mar, 2016

Wonderful tour around Auckland. Our guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable. We saw some beautiful beaches and rainforest. Lovely small group. Amazing trip

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