The best that Auckland and the West Coast has to offer
This full-day private tour combines an appetizing overview of what Auckland city has to offer with a taste of the rugged natural beauty of Auckland's west coast. On one hand we will enjoy the tranquil bays and beaches of the gentle Waitemata Harbour, while on the other we will marvel at the effect that nature has on the more tempestuous harbour of the west, in terms of rock formation, black sand, and foam-capped breakers.
Today we will appreciate the seaside villages along the eastern bays, the old-world charm of Cornwall Park, the stunning views from Mt Eden, plus the park-like setting of the Auckland Domain, featuring the imposing Auckland Museum. We will then enter a different world to enjoy the bush, beach, surf and streams of the west.
Of course there will be plenty of time for photos, for coffee, and for lunch. Also a tour could be customised to meet your particular requirements.
I can promise you a day that will live long in your memory.
The drive along Auckland's waterfront takes us first to a vantage point of the harbour, with views to iconic Rangitoto Island.
We'll pass several bays and beaches, then stop at Achilles Point to enjoy further views of the harbour. Next is Cornwall Park—an extensive area of native trees, oak trees, old stone fences, flower gardens, and fields with sheep and cattle grazing.
Next stop is Mt Eden, with the optional walk to enjoy panoramic views of the city and the Waitakere Ranges.
On to the beautiful Auckland Domain to enjoy the duck ponds, gardens, and views of the Auckland War Memorial Museum. We travel down the historic Parnell Rd with its quaint shops and old brick alleyways, then head west to the native bush and pounding surf of the West Coast beaches.
Passing through the little township of Titirangi, we arrive at the Arataki Visitor Centre, which provides a historical background of the area.
Driving on through more native bush, we come to the famous Piha, guarded by the imposing Lion Rock.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will personally pick you up from your cruise terminal or central Auckland accommodation.
End location: I will personally return you to your cruise terminal or central Auckland accommodation.
Duration: 7 hours
A modern air-conditioned vehicle.
A few short walks are included.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 NZD - should be enough to cover the expense of lunch per person
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We had a marvelous day with John in Auckland and the surrounding area. With less than one day in the country, he gave us a great sense of New Zealand - the city and it's major sites, the history and culture, and the stunning nature surrounding Auckland (the lush Waitakere Ranges seen from the Arataki Visitor Centre, the black sand beaches of Piha along with the Lion's Head rock formation). He did all this at a leisurely pace, and an amazing time was had by all. Thanks, John!!!