West Coast Beaches, Black Sand, Surf and Birds


Tour Number

Activity Level



City, Day Trip / Out of Town, Food and Wine, Nature and Wildlife


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: Yes.
It is possible to do most of this tour except the walk from the gannet colony to Muriwai beach in which case we drive.

Maximum travelers: 6



English (fluent)

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.


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. Lunch at Muriwai - there are several options and the chance to enjoy a flat white coffee, fish and chips and have a hokey pokey ice cream. Opportunity on the way back for wine tasting or stop at the local vege shop.
Arrive back in Auckland and enjoy more sights and views from one of Auckland's most famous volcanoes before saying farewell.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Pick up from your Auckland city accommodation or cruise ship terminal.

End location: We will say goodbye at your accommodation, cruise ship terminal or your requested destination.

Duration: 7 hours


Mercedes Benz mini-van. Very comfortable and roomy with air con

What’s Included

Other: Transport, guide, information, morning tea, govt taxes

Estimated Local Cash Needed

25 NZD - Anything from $10-$25 per person for lunch. Extra required for personal shopping

What’s Extra

Other: Lunch and any personal shopping

A Recent Review of this tour

She was great. Good organization, good driver. Well planned day. Learned a lot, saw a lot and really enjoyed Louise.
Joan Galiardo

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