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Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland

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Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Explore the Waitakere Ranges rain forest and Auckland’s rugged west coast, including Piha Beach, during an afternoon tour with a guide who is knowledgeable about New Zealand flora and fauna. From the Arataki Centre, admire sweeping views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Learn about Maori history, stroll the beach, and take a nature walk through a lush rain forest while you experience Auckland's largest regional park.
  • Admire the amazing Waitakere Ranges on this afternoon tour from Auckland
  • Visit Arataki Center, gateway to the Waitakere Ranges
  • Breathtaking panoramic views of the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from centrally located Auckland hotels
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Inner city Auckland hotel pick up and drop off
Guided rainforest walk
Visit Arataki Visitor Centre - gateway to the Waitakere Ranges
Visit Piha Beach
Coffee and/or Tea
GST (Goods and Services Tax)
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
SkyCity Auckland , 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). However you must confirm with us that you are meeting us at this point before 10am on day of travel. Please call to confirm - freephone 0800 423 224

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12:30 PM

Please arrive 30 minutes before your selected start time for pickup. Your operator can coordinate exact time and location.

This activity will end right where it started.The above list does not include all pick up hotel locations - Pick up is included from most inner city Auckland accommodation - please advise where you are staying and we can give you a pick up time or meeting location. Return point: Returns to original departure point at 5:30pm
After pickup from your centrally located hotel, depart Auckland on the drive west to the Arataki Centre—the gateway to the breathtaking Waitakere Ranges. Snap photos of traditional Maori carvings that stand sentinel as you soak up breathtaking views, from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Note: a brief stop is made at a local bakery for those who have not had lunch.

Learn about the region’s history from your guide during your visit to Auckland's largest regional park, followed by a drive to the North Island’s wild coastline. Here, walk along the shores of Piha Beach and marvel at the black sand beneath your feet.

Continue to experience the awe-inspiring power of New Zealand’s nature with a short trip to a lush rain forest setting. Enjoy an easy bushwalk along a path through giant tree ferns and as you listen for the calls of local birds. Your expert guide identifies native flora and fauna before returning you to Auckland with drop-off at your hotel.

This tour operator won the Tourism Export Council 2016 Operator of the Year Award.
Stop At:  
Arataki Visitor Centre - Waitakere Ranges
Enjoy amazing views and hear about the history of the Waitakere Ranges at the first stop on this tour
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Waitakere Ranges
Enjoy a easy walk through the rainforest of the Waitakere Ranges
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Piha Beach
Walk along the black sand beach of Piha (30 minutes) & time for afternoon tea refreshments
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Bush and Beach
Enjoy a half day tour with Bush and Beach - Please note this information is limited due to the locations not being available to be added on this platform
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately with comfortable walking shoes
  • The tour is suitable for all ages and abilities
  • Although lunch is not included, the tour does stop at a local bakery if you wished to purchase some. Cash is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Minimum TWO adults required for this 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 Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland.
What is the policy on sanitization during Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

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

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "bring flip flops or plan to go barefoot on the beach," See review
  • "The rainforest walk is accessible for casual walkers and the Piha beach is stunning." See review
  • "All in all a good day - despite less than ideal weather." See review


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Excellent and informative trip
, May 2021
I had a really good time on this tour and the guide, Alex, was very friendly and knowledgeable about the local plants and wildlife. He took us to the Waitakere Ranges and Piha beach and explained about the rainforest ecosystem, it's history and how it's now being conserved as we went along. The rainforest was amazing and there are beautiful, scenic views over the ranges from the Arataki Visitor Centre. Piha beach was beautiful as well and we stopped on an overlook for some amazing views of it before we went down to it properly. We stopped for lunch at a bakery on the way (which does a really good stake pie by the way), and Alex had tea, coffee, juice and biscuits on the bus for a snack. It's a tour of nature so toilet stops are limited, being at the visitor centre and Piha Beach, but we were warned and it wasn't really a problem as it isn't a long drive between the sites. I thoroughly recommend this tour to anyone who's visiting New Zealand and wants to explore it's wilder side and even to locals who may want to learn a bit more about the wilderness and history of the ranges around them. This tour deserves the 5 stars I gave it and I'll definitely consider booking Bush and Beaches again in the future for another tour.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Hi Dave, Thank you very much for your comprehensive and informative review and we are thrilled that you enjoyed the tour. Best of luck. Ben Bush and Beach
West Coast Tour
, Aug 2020
What a superb afternoon! Visiting the rainforest and exploring all it had to offer and seeing unusual sites was exciting. Being a beach person, getting to see the black sand beach was a highlight! Wow was all I could say! We even got to enjoy having tea there!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review and we are thrilled that you enjoyed the tour. We are so lucky to have such beautiful rainforest and black sand beaches so close to our biggest city and look forward to sharing this with our international visitors as soon as our borders reopen!
Best afternoon in NZ
, Apr 2020
One of the best tours I have been on . Very informative guides and the right amount of time at each place . Would highly recommend.
Nature at its best
, Mar 2020
Really enjoyed the tour the beach and rainforest were really beautiful and our tour guide was very knowledgeable and patient. Would recommend.
Beautiful day at the beach and rain Forrest
, Mar 2020
The best! Guide Richard was extremely knowledgeable, as was our driver, Dave. Bus was comfortable, not too large, and it was easy to hear commentary. Good stop for pictures and walks along the beach, the rain Forrest, and at the visitor’s center, our best viator tour ever!
Recommended Tour
, Mar 2020
Very friendly, informative tour guides who obviously love their jobs. They give you a wealth of information about their country and particularly about the natural features.
Sean - the perfect guide
, Mar 2020
Our trip was a beautiful escape from Auckland and we really enjoyed ! On time pick-up, delicious refreshments, stunning scenery ,comfortable bus and Sean - our fabulous guide ( and driver), the perfect guide, in fact. Thanks to Sean we learned so much about the amazing wild vegetation of New Zealand , so much detailed information about flora & fauna . The landscapes were breathtaking , I will always remember the Rainforest and black sand &wilderness of Piha Beach. Sean was so friendly, empathetic , peaceful man but most of all is very knowledgeable person . Thank you for an amazing Trip , Sean - really a pleasure to meet you ! I would definitely recommend this trip !
, Mar 2020
Amazing tour guides, extremely knowledgeable about the history, wildlife and Auckland. Felt more like their passion than a job! Gave a very homey feeling with tea and biscuits waiting after at the beach!
Piha Beach and Rainforest tour.
, Mar 2020
We enjoyed the guide and driver. The guide did a very good job explaining the things we saw The sites where beautiful
Beautiful and enthralling tour
, Feb 2020
A can’t miss tour with an exceptional tour guide, Oly. We learned so much about the Maori roots, the geological origins, and present-day politics of New Zealand. The rainforest walk is accessible for casual walkers and the Piha beach is stunning. Lots of beautiful vistas along the way! Bush and Beach is the best for a small group tour!

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