City, farms, birds and beaches - a private tour
See Auckland and surrounds in a short time. Let me take you to one of my favourite west coast beaches and you will be amazed at the dramatic nature and sights so very close to Auckland city. This is a great overview of the Auckland area as we quickly leave the city behind and head through vineyards, market gardens, villages and sheep farms to the black sand beach of Muriwai (Black Water). The west coast is wild, dramatic and beautiful. Lots of interesting stops and sights. This is the real New Zealand. This day out combines both the city and countryside, beaches and nature.
Finish the day with a trip to one of the city's beautiful volcanoes and enjoy the views from east to west, north to south of a city built on the narrow land between 2 harbours. I'm very happy to customise this tour so if you have more than 6 people or special interests please let me know and I will do my best to include your requests.
Free Wifi while travelling with me.
First we take a look at the lifestyle and inner city sights of Auckland then travel towards the west coast. A 30 minute drive will have us at Muriwai beach. Travel through the city suburbs, then market gardens, vineyards, country villages and sheep farms arriving at Maori Bay. A short walk to the gannet colony. From September to March they are nesting, breeding and preparing to spend the summer here before departing again at the end of March. Then walk down to Muriwai black sand beach. A favourite with surfers, locals, visitors and families. Explore Maori Bay at low tide and walk through the sea cave (steep climb so this is optional). Next travel through the Waitakere rainforest and visit the Arataki centre which offers a great introduction to our culture, forest and enjoy the amazing views.
Arrive back in Auckland and enjoy more sights and views from one of Auckland's most famous volcanoes before saying farewell.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel
Duration: 7 hours
Mercedes Benz mini-van. Very comfortable and roomy with air con
Estimated Local Cash Needed
25 NZD - Anything from $10-$25 per person for lunch. Extra required for personal shopping
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Louise met us the cruise dock with a great big smile, and a glimpse of the amazing day to come. We stopped at our hotel to drop our bags, and the fun began. With only one day in Aukland, Louise understood we needed to maximize it. We went out to the coast to see the black sand beaches as well as the gannet colony -amazing! She told us history, current politics, and everything in between. Then as a variation on the original itinerary, she gave us an overview of the city itself. What a day!!!