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Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland

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From US$116.05

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 5 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


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

What's Included

  • 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)
  • Gratuities
  • Food

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • SkyCity Auckland
    Corner Victoria and, 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 the entrance to the SkyCity Hotel. 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

Pickup points

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Start time

12:30 PM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

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

What To Expect

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.

Arataki Visitor Centre - Waitakere Ranges

Enjoy amazing views and hear about the history of the Waitakere Ranges at the first stop on this tour

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Waitakere Ranges

Enjoy a easy walk through the rainforest of the Waitakere Ranges

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Minimum TWO adults required for this tour to run.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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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Traveler Tips

bring flip flops or plan to go barefoot on the beach,
The rainforest walk is accessible for casual walkers and the Piha beach is stunning.
All in all a good day - despite less than ideal weather.
277 reviews
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Afternoon tour.
John_A, Jan 2023
This was an enjoyable afternoon 4.5 hours tour that took us to see a beautiful part of Auckland and the north island. Piha beach was wonderful and the hike in the Waitekere Rain Forest was so beautiful and informative. Our guide, Wayne, was constantly giving information or telling jokes which kept us all entertained. Well done !!!
Into the Woods
David_K, Jan 2023
Jason and Martin did an outstanding job of explaining the flota and fauna on the rainforest. We got a real feel for the history and culture of this region.
The Wow factor
Chantelle_C, Jan 2023
An amazing experience of nature and beauty that will make you say "wow" A must do experience, with excellent tour guides and value for money.
Fabulous trip!
Katherine_P, Jan 2023
What a treasure Tony is! So knowledgeable, informative, great story teller, and funny! We so enjoyed this sneak peek into Auckland’s hidden treasures 😍
Up close and personal with nature
Pauline_M, Jan 2023
We had a wonderful day tour here -a short distance from Auckland and an amazing topographical difference from the city. Our guides, Alex and Burkhard from Bush and Beach, were extremely knowledgeable, professional, courteous, engaging and FUN. It was a terrific half day tour from Auckland. We loved it! The arataki crntre views are spectacular. The rainforest walk was informative. The beach was beautiful. A great day!
Wayne is the best!
Tracey_M, Jan 2023
Wayne the driver & guide was fantastic! Very entertaining. The rainforest walk is easy for all ages. The views at the center & beach are breathtaking.
Great tour
angela_w, Jan 2023
Wonderful tour! Sites were beautiful. Marc was very knowledgeable and informative. Definitely recommend!
Lovely Excursion to Piha and the Rainforest
Steve_P, Jan 2023
Our local driver and guide were funny and full of information. The rainforest is beautiful and we had the opportunity to view the falls. Piha beach is lovely and a surfing hotspot. I recommend this to anyone looking for a 1/2 day tour in the region.
A really fun afternoon.
Lovely to see another awesome part of scenery near Auckland. We enjoyed the walk through the rainforest as our guide pointed out so much we would not have seen on our own. The beach was magnificent. Great afternoon!
Fun and informative....
PAUL_P, Jan 2023
Fun and informative. Guide Kevin was excellent. Itinerary was ideal and the sites interesting. The rain did not deter what was a great trip
Rainy day triumph
Karen_W, Jan 2023
Despite the wet weather our guides (Kevin & Jason) spirits weren't dampened in any way, which meant ours weren't either. Between them they kept us entertained and (well) informed on the diverse history of both the area and native plants. Highly recommended, a great way to spend an afternoon.
Excellent Adventure - Great Company
Christina_W, Jan 2023
The trip was excellent - numerous places to pick up and drop off. The rainforest was great. The beach was amazing - an excellent way to see Auckland. The driver Alex was a wealth of information.
Aside from raining all...
darlenesemon, Jan 2023
Aside from raining all afternoon it was informative and wonderful to see different areas of Auckland.
The Best Afternoon While Docked in Auckland
Debra_J, Jan 2023
What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in Auckland! After spending the morning getting acquainted with the sites of the city it was wonderful to enjoy the sites of nature. After a refreshing stop at a great local bakery, The Arataki Center was very informative and with gorgeous views. The walk through the rainforest of the Waitakere Ranges was so refreshing and so much was learned! The final stop at Piha Beach was a highlight for me with a history of its formation, the walk in the black sand, and having some beautiful views. Murray is a wealth of knowledge and accompanied by Burkhard they made a great team. They provided us with some refreshing juices, cookies, and local honey before making sure that they returned us back right on time. Don’t miss this opportunity to get out of the city and enjoy the afternoon in the beautiful surroundings of Auckland with an experienced driver/guide! Thanks for this wonderful afternoon!
Recommend regardless of weather
Joan_R, Jan 2023
The guide was very personable and knowledgeable and cosiderate of the needs of the travelers in the group. It was a very rainy, wind swept day but we had an amazing experience (complete with rain gear if needed). Recommend highly.
Worth it
YING_W, Jan 2023
Gained knowledge about trees and bushes from our tour guides. The black iron sand beach is beautiful .
So much to see!
John_W, Jan 2023
This tour is a great way to see the nature just outside of the auckland area especially on your first day. The tour guides had great recommendations and knew a lot about the area. If I could change one thing, id want an all day version so we could stay longer at some of the sites!
West Coast & Rainforedt
Synicia_W, Jan 2023
If I could give a 10 out of 5, I Would. Tony was Awesome, lots of information, adventures, and Laughs. The other staff we met, puck up & other tour guide for other 6 in our group was also great & very handy with cameras. Thank y'all for a Great First in Auckland and surrounding area. This is a very good tour to see west coast.
Great tour guides that...
Geoffrey_S, Dec 2022
Great tour guides that were informative and enthusiastic. Good chance to see the west coast of NZ in half a day
Excellent day out
Yulia_R, Dec 2022
Amazing wilderness-type experience. We had a very knowledgeable guide who told us a lot about New Zealand, particularly different types of plants and trees. We had two people, a guide and a driver, because if was a bigger group of 13 people. After we returned from the beach, we had a surprise picnic prepared for us with tea, coffee and cookies, which was a very nice touch. They let us try Manuka honey, which is special to New Zealand. Overall, there were many nice details that show the care of the company about the passengers.