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Auckland City Highlights, Afternoon Beach & Rainforest Tour

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Auckland, New Zealand
Auckland City Highlights, Afternoon Beach & Rainforest Tour

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icon8 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Experience the highlights of Auckland on a city sightseeing tour in the morning combined with an afternoon wilderness experience in Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. Learn how Aucklanders live and play as you explore the City of Sails with an informative guide. Then discover native flora and fauna on a beach stroll and forest walk, including a glimpse of the North Island’s giant kauri trees.
  • Discover the highlights of Auckland and escape to the rainforest on this full-day tour
  • Visit the Arataki Center, gateway to the Waitakere Ranges
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Auckland
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Auckland city centre hotel pickup and drop-off
Join our local guide for a 3 hour small group city tour in the morning before an afternoon in nature
Visit Piha Beach
Enjoy a walk in the rainforest, just 45 minutes from Auckland City
Afternoon tea refreshments included
GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Lunch (can be purchased - a small amount of cash is required)

Departure Point

Victoria Street &, Federal Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

If you have not confirmed an inner city hotel pick up with us then our central meeting point is SkyCity Grand Hotel (90 Federal Street). IMPORTANT: if you are meeting the tour here, this will need to be confirmed with us. Please call to confirm freephone - 0800 423 224 (6am-10pm)

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Setting out from your hotel in Auckland, your morning tour takes you sightseeing in the City of Sails, while the afternoon tour delivers you outside the city to the Waitakere Ranges.

Discover the highlights of this unique urban landscape, set on 48 dormant volcanic cones. Enjoy plenty of photo ops from vista points overlooking the two harbors—Waitemata and Manukau—and witness how the locals live in New Zealand's busiest city, site of the world-renowned America’s Cup. 

Light refreshments are provided, and lunch can be purchased (own expense).

In the afternoon, depart downtown for the Arataki Visitor Centre, and step out on the deck for views of the cityscape and harbors all the way to the Tasman Sea. Learn of the traditional Maori carvings that guard this gateway to the Waitakere Ranges, Auckland’s largest regional park. Your guide enlightens you on the region’s natural and cultural heritage.

Continue on to the wild and rugged west coast where you have the opportunity to stroll on an unspoiled beach. A short journey brings you to the lush rainforest. Gaze up at giant tree ferns and listen for native birdlife on your walk, and see an outstanding specimen of New Zealand's ancient kauri trees—a classic Kiwi experience—before returning to Auckland. 
Pass By:  
Queen Street
Travel up Queen Street - the main street of the city centre, home to iconic buildings and a mixture of shopping and CBD offices
Pass By:  
Travel through the suburb of Ponsonby, with stunning heritage homes
Pass By:  
Auckland Harbour Bridge
Travel over the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge, connecting Auckland City with the North Shore suburbs
Stop At:  
Mount Victoria Reserve
Enjoy views of Auckland city and the Hauraki Gulf
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Narrow Neck Beach
Visit a white sand beach on Auckland's North Shore - a stark contrast to the black sand you will see later in the day. (Generally there is time here to purchase morning tea or a coffee if you wish - at own cost)
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Westhaven Marina
Westhaven Marina in Auckland, New Zealand, is the largest yacht marina in the Southern Hemisphere.The marina has nearly two thousand berths and swing moorings, and tends to be continually booked. Auckland, known as 'City of Sails', is generally known for its maritime passions
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Auckland Domain
Travel through Auckland's largest inner city park, home to the Auckland Museum and Wintergardens
Pass By:  
Travel through Parnell Village, a quaint little suburb on the city fringe
Stop At:  
Arataki Visitor Centre - Waitakere Ranges
Enjoy time to explore the centre and its views of both Auckland harbours
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Take a walk through the rainforest. Hear the bird song while our guides tell you of the flora and fauna
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Piha Beach
Enjoy a stroll along the black sand of Piha beach
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • The tour is suitable for all ages and abilities. It includes 2 hours of light walking.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Minimum TWO adults required for the tour to run
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Bush and Beach
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Auckland City Highlights, Afternoon Beach & Rainforest Tour?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Auckland City Highlights, Afternoon Beach & Rainforest Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Auckland City Highlights, Afternoon Beach & Rainforest Tour.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Auckland City Highlights, Afternoon Beach & Rainforest Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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The perfect all round Auckland highlights tour
, Jun 2021
There were so many memorable moments on our tour. We were a small group and Tony our guide went out of his way to personalise his comments to our tastes. My tastes are good views and he delivered these in plenty! Without a doubt my highlight was the black sand beaches of Muriwai, the views and the open expanses were breathtaking and Tony's stories just made it perfect. I would definitely recommend this tour to a first time visitor to Auckland (especially as I was a solo traveller)
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Hi Ruth, Thank you for taking the time to review our tour and we are delighted that you enjoyed your tour with Tony. All the best and we look forward to seeing you in Auckland again soon. Kind regards Ben
Had Alexander in the morning for the...
Leslie P
, Mar 2017
Had Alexander in the morning for the City tour and David and Jeff in the afternoon for the west coast tour. It was a great day of touring and we felt we really got to see Auckland and surroundings on our one day in the city. All 3 guides worked hard to stay on schedule and were a wealth of information all day long. A really exceptional experience! The smaller group size made for an enjoyable day out with plenty of time to see the sights.
I was very impressed with the tour...
Judith A
, Feb 2017
I was very impressed with the tour guide. It was a small group of people but all of us felt very informed and rewarded by the experience.
Our guide was an excellent...
Isabella B
, Oct 2016
Our guide was an excellent combination of humour and information .....Never a dull moment. A great way to start our holiday in New Zealand. I very much enjoyed seeing the city as well as experiencing the west coast and countryside. An excellent tour!
Excellent tour and breathtaking...
, Jul 2016
Excellent tour and breathtaking scenery! Both guides Alin and Warren were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. They both went out of their way to make the experience memorable.
If you have limited time in...
scott p
, May 2016
If you have limited time in Auckland, this is the one tour you should consider it give you an overview of ALL of Auckland not just the city as Auckland stretches coast to coast.
This Auckland Highlights part of...
Patricia D
, Apr 2016
This Auckland Highlights part of this tour was disappointing! The guy that drove us around the city was a bit dry and very much into pointing out areas of the city where he lived during college. At times it seemed awkward when we got out of the van to look at things when there was not much to look at. The afternoon Wilderness Experience was wonderful. The guide was very knowledgeable and made things interesting along the way. She was able to give us a true insight into the areas we traveled and what we were seeing.
Very enjoyable day.Guides both...
Maura R
, Apr 2016
Very enjoyable day.Guides both morning and afternoon knowledgeable and helpfull.Really enjoyed the whole experience and would highly recommend it.
This is a fabulous tour. It was so...
David C
, Feb 2016
This is a fabulous tour. It was so great that the Hop-On Hop off tour was not needed since this tour gave a close up and personal tour of the area. It was fantastic and I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a great tour of Auckland and the surrounding area.
Very entertaining tour guides, the...
Emer W
, Jan 2016
Very entertaining tour guides, the hike in the afternoon was the highlight of this tour for me. Good variety of activities - we saw parts of Auckland that wouldn't otherwise have been accessible to us without a car. The small coach size was also a bonus.

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