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Coast & Rainforest Walk

Small Group Tour starting in Auckland and finishing in Auckland

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Tour Itinerary

Your full day excursion goes first to the Arataki Centre in the Waitakere Ranges. The breathtaking panoramic views from the sweeping decks extend from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Absorb the area’s history and admire the magnificent traditional Maori carvings that stand guard there.

Continue further west with your knowledgeable and highly experienced guide to the wild and rugged west coast where you get to experience the isolation of the area. Your guide walks you through an area of Auckland’s coastal rainforest where they explain the local flora and fauna with its giant tree ferns growing alongside picturesque streams in regenerating rainforest. You then get the opportunity to stroll on an awe-inspiring beach and experience the uniqueness of the black sand and the clear ocean breeze. The beach you visit is where the film “The Piano” was filmed. We provide a kiwi-style picnic lunch at a scenic location.

Your journey then takes you to an area of untouched original rainforest where mature 1000 year old kauri trees tower over the unique flora and fauna that has developed separately from the rest of the world for millions of years. Your guide will explain about the native species as you walk amongst New Zealand’s famous kauri trees and native birds.

Tour Inclusions
  • Includes inner city pick up, picnic lunch and refreshments
  • View breathtaking panoramic views in the Waitakere Ranges rainforest
  • Walk you through an area of Auckland’s coastal rainforest
  • Stroll on an awe-inspiring beach and experience the uniqueness of the black sand and the clear ocean breeze
  • Runs every day (except Christmas Day) 10.00am–5.00pm
  • Minimum 2 passengers
Tour Departures
  • Frequency: Departs daily
  • Departure Point: Auckland Inner City free pick up included.
  • Departure Time: at 10:00am
  • Duration: 7 hours approximately
  • Return Details: Tour returns at 5:00pm, Auckland Inner City free drop off included.
  • Closed: Christmas Day
Important Information
  • This tour must be booked at least 72 hours in advance of travel.
  • Confirmation for this product will be received within 24 hours of booking, subject to availability.
  • Reasonable level of fitness required for walks of up to 1 hour duration. Approx. 10km (6 miles) of walking through the course of the day
  • Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated.
  • Complete operator information, including opening times and local contact telephone numbers are included on your e-voucher.
General Information

This is a specialised small group tour. It is designed to give the visitor an intimate and memorable experience of Auckland’s wilderness without any impact on the environment and wildlife. Each tour is led by an experienced guide with extensive knowledge of native flora and fauna and an awareness for client and environmental safety.

Enhance Your Visit To New Zealand

If you are joining one of our independent coach tours, escorted coach tours, short break holidays or self drive tours and have a free day or two, why not add the 'Coast & Rainforest Walk' to your New Zealand itinerary?

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Coast & Rainforest Walk Reviews

Reviews from past clients of Relaxing Journeys. 9 Reviews. Average Rating 4.8 of 5.

  • 5Our driver-guides, John and Dawn, were excellent, very knowledgeable and friendly. We learned a lot and saw remarkable nature areas not too far from Auckland. We really enjoyed the experience.

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    - 19/11/2015
  • 5Great tour, great tour guide, saw and learnt a lot.

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    - 15/10/2015
  • 5This tour was added to our itinerary before our 19 day coach tour commenced and it proved to be one of the best day tours of our trip. Our guide Kevin was an excellent guide and very knowledgeable about the flora and nature environment of the island. We were very fortunate that we were the only two people on the tour so the itinerary and hikes could be somewhat customized to our interests. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone who is capable of hiking an easy 1.5 km trail.

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    - 27/09/2014
  • 5Tour was great - spectacular part of the world. Our guide Kevin Oakly was amazing. He was able to gauge our capabilities and tailored our walking accordingly - so knowledgeable. We highly recommend this tour.

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    - 18/04/2013
  • 5Tour was great - spectacular part of the world. Our guide Kevin Oakly was amazing. He was able to gauge our capabilities and tailored our walking accordingly, and very knowledgeable. We highly recommend this tour.

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    - 18/04/2013
  • 5This tour was the best of all the tours that I have taken this month! The guide was exceptional! He was very amusing and was a fountain of entertaining anecdotes about the spellbinding locations that we got to see during the day. All of us could tell that he has a great love for the flora and fauna of New Zealand. Any question that we asked he could answer with ease. He was also very good at changing the tour based on the type of weather and the group's ability to walk on the tour path. To sum it all up, it was just a great day! I highly recommend this tour!

    - 24/11/2011
  • 3We did 4 tours while in AKL and the Coast and Rainforest was absolutely the best. The hikes were just the right length, Anthonie was awesome. Extremely informative and easy to talk to. The hike to the 'Sea cliffs' was spectacular as was the black beach and waterfalls. I highly recommend this trip !! My only small suggestion is to add wine to the picnic lunch for those that are interested, or have them bring along their own..(not to detract from wine tours :)

    - 15/08/2010
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  • 5We got back from our trip two days ago and I wanted to drop you a note regarding our eco-tour with Kevin. Craig, this was ABSOLUTELY the highlight of our whole trip. On a scale of one to ten with ten being the highest, we all would give Kevin a ten. He showed us marvelous parts of New Zealand that we never would have been able to do on our own. It was such a pleasure to go to areas that were not over-run by hoards of tourists and to see a part of New Zealand through a local's eyes. For me, personally, it was a pleasure to have someone give all the botanical and ecological information that I never would have gotten otherwise. Also, for me personally, it was a great joy to do some really marvelous trekking in a short period of time. It was a GREAT day trip!!

    - 22/01/2010
  • 5One amazing experience! Excellent service, information and hikes through the rain forest and black sand beach. The only hiccup was that I happened to call the tour company the day before our tour and they had not received confirmation from Relaxing Journeys of our reservation. However, the tour company was able to still include us on the tour and they worked it out with Relaxing Journeys to ensure our pre-payment was credited.

    - 23/11/2009