Best of Both Worlds - Auckland City Revealed and Wilderness Experience

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See Auckland City's best sights in the morning. Spend the afternoon at the decks of Arataki Center for panoramic shore views. Stroll along the west coast's rugged black sand beaches. End the day at the rainforest among kauri trees and giant tree ferns.


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Hotel pick-up or 172 Quay Street
8 hours and 30 minutes
daily at 9:00 AM
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Experience a day of contrasts - combine an Auckland city highlights tour in the morning with a unique Wilderness Experience in the afternoon.

Auckland is set on 52 dormant volcanic cones and between two harbors, the sparkling Waitemata and the brooding Manukau. Known as the City of Sails, it's New Zealand's largest and busiest city. The morning tour is a journey of discovery designed to explore the history and sights as well as see how Aucklanders live and play. Watch out for Queen Street, Auckland University, the inner park known as Domain, picturesque Posonby, Harbor Bridge, North Shore, Mount Victoria, Westhaven Marina, the Auckland Fish Market, and the Viaduct Harbor.

In the afternoon, take a 30-minute drive from downtown Auckland to the Arataki Center at the Waitakere Ranges, the gateway to the rainforest, for panoramic views of the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Absorb the local history and admire the magnificent traditional Maori carvings that stand guard there.

Then, head further west and experience the power of the wild and rugged west coast. Feel the soft, black sand beneath your feet as you stroll along some of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer.

With your knowledgeable and experienced guide, continue on with an easy walk in the lush rainforest. Hear native birdsong as you walk the easy bush tracks among New Zealand's famous kauri trees and giant tree ferns.


  • Pick-up from and drop off at Auckland inner city hotels

  • 3 hour city tour

  • Visit to Arataki Center and black sand beach

  • Guided rainforest walk

  • Refreshments


  • Meals

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

  • Personal expenses

Please Note

  • The tour is suitable for all ages.

  • For safety reasons, swimming in the west coast beaches is not allowed. Strong undertows and rips do not make them suitable for swimming.

  • Tours operate on all weather conditions.

  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes and suitable outdoor clothing.

  • Children 2 years old and below are free of charge provided they do not occupy a seat.

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