Full-Day Wild West Coast Photo and Discovery Tour including Lunch from Auckland

Duration: 8 hours
Destination: New Zealand, North Island, Auckland

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


Explore Auckland's West Coast with a one day Auckland tour designed for photographers and nature lovers. Only 40 minutes from Auckland CBD lies another world of ancient rainforest and black sand beaches. We see famous beaches like Piha and Karekare and walk through pristine rainforest with massive Kauri  trees over 1000 years old. Your guides are professional photographers with an interest in the local  history and  ecology of the area so your day will be full of interesting facts and their photographic advice is free.

The day starts at 9am with a free pickup from your central city accommodation . We head out approximately 40minutes from the ctiy towards the West Coast . Situated at the foothills of the Waitakere Ranges we drive through Titirangi, an area rich in culture and with many galleries and outdoor Cafes it is a favorite spot for artists of many kinds.

We then head up the aptly named Scenic Drive where our first stop is the Arataki Visitor Center. Perched high on the ridge there are some amazing views of both coasts from the lookouts. Inside there are many interactive displays showcasing animals, plant life and early settlers lives in the ranges.

From here we head out to see a pristine area of native rainforest with many trees over 1000 years old. We also walk through the bush which is a relatively flat 1.5 km loop. If you would rather you can just do a section of the walk.

After some morning tea we head over to see two of our more famous west coast beaches Piha and Karekare. Although right next to each other on the Coast they are worlds apart in nature and ambience. Piha has the epic views , the iconic Lion Rock and is famous for its surf , many people call Piha home. Karekare by contrast has a different character, it is more brooding and isolated in nature and very few people live there.

We walk on both beaches as well as seeing some beautiful waterfalls and walking through some enchanting Pohutakawa glades.

Karekare is also the site of our barbecue and while the barbecue is cooking some people stroll along the beach while others are happy to sit and relax by the river, the choice is yours.

Feeling refreshed and invigorated  from your day in the fresh air we drop you back at your central city accommodation around 4.30-5.00pm.

  • Lunch
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional photographer guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Departure Point

Auckland Central, Auckland Central, North Island

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

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


8 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Arlene T

03 Feb, 2020

Spectacular day with Brett who showed us the very best of the west coast scenery and beaches; extremely knowledgeable about everything local. His photographic tips were interesting and practical, easy to put to use. He helped us compose photos and took photos of us and the scenery which he will forward to us. He was very enjoyable to spend time with and tempers the pace of the tour to suit the participants. The tour does involve lots of walking and good walking or hiking shoes would be highly recommended. Overall, a fantastic day!!

Robert J

20 Jan, 2020

Driver was well informed on local sights. Tour was satisfactory not his fault that there was not as much wildlife as advertised on line prior to trip.


13 Jan, 2020

This tour is truly INCREDIBLE!! Brett was an amazing guide, and we saw lots of truly unbelievable scenery!!! One of the best tours we've ever had (and we travel a lot!!). Brett's wife even made a chocolate cake for our group that we enjoyed at Piha beach toward the end of our day. He sent professional quality photos that he took of our family that day as well!! Thanks again Brett!!!


19 Nov, 2019

This trip was great, especially when I was the only one on the trip. Tour guide was awesome. He took pictures with his camera and offered to take pictures with my phone. I was taken to a few extra locations since we were very good on time since it was just us two. Lunch stop was good. Few options avail in the little shop we stopped at. At the last stop, he offered me coffee or tea while we sat and admired the ocean. Had an awesome time. He even offered to take me to another location but I was tired after a long day. Really enjoyed this trip. Will definitely recommend.

Jackie K

17 Oct, 2019

It was a wonderful day, full of adventure. I'm an amature photographer but I do like exploring, seeing beautiful sights and taking pictures on my point-and-shoot camera to capture those memories. This tour is for anyone who wants to see some of the off the beaten path areas of the West Coast. I was also very thankful that the tour was not cancelled because there were only 2 of us that signed up for that day. Thank you!

User's Picture Gallery


Overlooking Piha Beach







A short overview of the magnificent places we visited on the tour.





Lion rock in Piha


Piha beach



A 'flat white coffee at lunch



Brett's tour van




The first waterfall we visited, A black sand beach


Our tour group near the end of the tour


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Full-Day Wild West Coast Photo and Discovery Tour including Lunch from Auckland



The views are just stunning along Piha Beach.



The tour included lunch at the delightful Piha Cafe.



Waves along Piha beach


Beach tour

We loved being able to walk the beaches without feeling rushed.


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