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Wilderness Experience

Small Group Tour starting in Auckland and finishing in Auckland

Tour Info
Regions Visited
Our Price From NZNZ $146Per Person Enquire Now
Tour Itinerary

Just a 30 minute drive from downtown Auckland brings you to the Arataki Centre, perched high in the Waitakere Ranges, where the sweeping decks give breathtaking panoramic views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Absorb the local history and admire the magnificent traditional Maori carvings that stand guard there. Head further west and experience the power of the wild and rugged west coast. Feel the black sand beneath your feet as you stroll along some of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer.

With our knowledgeable and experienced guides your eco-tour continues on to the lush rainforest where you hear native birdsong as you walk the easy bush tracks amongst New Zealand’s famous kauri trees and giant tree ferns.

Tour Inclusions
  • Inner city pick up and refreshments
  • Breathtaking panoramic views from the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park
  • Walk 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
  • This tour is perfect for all ages
  • Half Day Afternoon Tour Runs every day (except Christmas Day) 12.30pm–5.30pm
  • No minimum passengers
Tour Departures
  • Frequency: Departs daily
  • Departure Point: Auckland Inner City free pick up included.
  • Departure Time: at 12:30pm
  • Duration: 5 hours approximately
  • Return Details: Tour returns at 5:30pm, 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.
  • 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 'Wilderness Experience ' to your New Zealand itinerary?

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Wilderness Experience Reviews

Reviews from past clients of Relaxing Journeys. 10 Reviews. Average Rating 4.8 of 5.

  • 5Rob and Shawn our tour guides did a fabulous job on our tour. We were picked up at our hotel and just a little way down the road we stopped at a bakery where we were speedily served while purchasing a little snack for the road trip. Our first stop was a black sand beautiful beach. They provided cookies and drinks after our beach walk and then we walked the Cascade trail for about an hour. The commentary throughout the trip was well presented, and we acquired a new appreciation for all the efforts New Zealand is making toward preserving its unique environment.

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    - 24/02/2016
  • 5Wayne was a great guide, showing us all the interesting spots and keeping a good pace. it was a relaxing and enjoyable trip that showcased the beauty of NZ's nature. I would definitely go back to them again for other tours.

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    - 14/08/2015
  • 5What a wonderful introduction to New Zealand, its friendly people and beautiful countryside. We were picked up from our hotel by our guide and driver, John, and immediately felt the warmth and enthusiasm of the whole tour. John explained where we were going and what we should hope to see before setting off; (he also knew where ';the best meat pies were sold! The pepper steak was delicious!) The tour did everything in the brochure and more. We had a most wonderful day out. Thank you Sally and John.

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    - 01/02/2014
  • 5Fantastic 1/2 day tour from Auckland to Rainforest areas & Pihu beach. Very informative and friendly tour leader and would not hesitate to recommend.

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    - 10/08/2013
  • 5Of all of our tours, the 1/2 day Wilderness Experience was our favorite! The waterfall, black sand beach, and bush walk were amazing. Our guide, Dion was great. He was very informative and enthusiastic, as well as approachable and welcoming.

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    - 19/10/2012
  • 4I really had a great time. Only thing I think I will say was a negative thing, is that I wish it was a longer tour. More time. But I really loved the sights and learned lots :) I absolutely recommend this tour to all nature interested people. I went on the Wilderness Experience tour.

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    - 05/10/2012
  • 5Highly recommended. And David, the driver, was AWESOME!!!

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    - 31/03/2012
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  • 5We had a great day. The tour guide gave us lots of interesting information on flora, fauna and ecosystems. The stops were well planned and diverse. Timing was spot on. The price was a good value. I would recommend this to anyone.

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    - 21/01/2012
  • 4This was an excellent tour, it was well conceived and managed. We would definitley recommend this tour to anyone interested in discovering the rain forest and black beach near Auckland. A great day trip.

    - 27/02/2011
  • 5This was an excellent tour and felt very comfortable with the driver's driving around the bends and down steep hills. Would do it again.

    - 02/08/2009