West Coast Wilderness Experience

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From $194.01

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 6 hours

Departs: Auckland, Auckland

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Auckland’s Wild West is renowned for its rugged beauty. Walk through the sacred native rainforest, experience the rugged coastline and windswept, black-sand beaches. Home to unique wildlife and towering ancient trees, dramatic waterfalls, and some of the most breath-taking views you’ll ever see! The ‘wild west’ feels like another world away. All have a remote, untamed beauty that's good for the soul. Indulge in breath-taking panoramic viewpoints over the Tasman Sea, which separates New Zealand from Australia.

What's Included

A local English-speaking tour escort throughout the tour

Complimentary pick up and drop off from Auckland CBD

Complimentary refreshments and water on board

Fully guided return transfers from Auckland

Getting that perfect picture of Kitekite Falls

Luxurious temperature controlled transportation in a minibus

Marvel at Lion Rock, Piha’s most iconic landmark, and see the Māori carving

Marvel at the clear waters, rolling surf, and black sand shores, surrounded by emerald cliffs

Spectacular views of the Tasman Sea and West Coast from the lookouts

Visit to Arataki Visitor Centre & Guided rainforest walk

Visit to Kitekite Waterfalls

Visit to lookouts over Lion Rock at Piha

Wander in a native rainforest and see the amazing Kauri Trees

Witness breath-taking landscape of Waitakere Ranges and Kitekite Waterfalls - stunning 40m waterfall

What's Not Included

Access to Wi-Fi on board for a small surcharge




Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 2
  • CHILD: Age: 3 - 11
  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 99

Additional Info

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Equip with Swimming costume and Towel if you choose to swim.
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • You must be at least 18 years of age and present a valid photo ID in order to consume alcohol.
  • Bring a camera or a phone with camera capability as this is the perfect place to get some great travel photos.
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for the conditions, Sun protection, jacket/warm layer, & any essential personal items.
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Specialized infant seats are available
  • Suitable for people of all ages with easy and good fitness level required.
  • This is a guided walking tour and sensible walking footwear is recommended.
  • You are welcome to bring your own lunch or there will be an opportunity to purchase lunch (at own expense, cash required).

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • 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.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Arataki Visitor Centre - Waitakere Ranges
Travel to the Arataki visitor centre, an information centre built high on the ridge of the Waitakere Ranges. From here you get breath-taking panoramic views across the rain forest to Auckland’s two harbours. This visitor’s centre is also home to some traditional Māori carvings and your guide will talk about them and explain their significance for the area.

There are excellent pathways for you to walk around the Arataki centre which gets you close to plants. The Waitakere Ranges is also where one of Auckland’s major water supplies is located and is a perfect start to exploring the west coast. Continue on to the lush rain forest where you walk the easy tracks among giant tree ferns and view New Zealand’s famous kauri trees and silver ferns.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Kitekite Falls
Tucked away on the wild and rugged west coast, you’ll find the Kitekite Falls Track. Beautiful patch of Stunning native bush, cascading waterfalls, crystal-clear streams, pools to swim in and eels to feed; the Kitekite Falls Track has it all. This spectacular 40-meters multi-steps waterfall is reached after a easy 30 minutes’ walk from the main beach - a great spot for photos!

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Piha Beach
We stop at a stunning viewpoint overlooking Piha beach and the Tasman Sea before going down to the black sand beach. Marvel at the Lion Rock, Piha’s most iconic landmark, and see the Māori carving. Lion Rock stands watching over the waves, sitting majestically between Piha and Little Piha Beaches.

Feel the black sand beneath your feet as you stroll along Piha beach - one of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer and watch the surf waves rolling in. Piha is popular with experienced surfers, but it’s also a wonderful spot for picnics, relaxing walks, and swims – under the watchful eye of the famous Piha Surf Club. There’s a sense of muscularity about the Tasman Sea’s attention to the rocky coastline, and an intimacy created by the dense rainforest that crowds the dunes. The west is wild and have a remote, untamed beauty that's good for the soul.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Free

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