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Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland provided by Bush and Beach

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Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Updated 14/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 14/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Spend an afternoon visiting top natural attractions, including Piha Beach and Waitakere Ranges rain forest on an afternoon tour from Auckland. Stop at the Arataki Visitor Centre for views that stretch from the Pacific Ocean to the Tasman Sea, and hear commentary from your guide about Maori history and New Zealand’s wildlife. This guided tour showcases the great outdoors just outside of Auckland.
  • You'll start at
    SkyCity Auckland
    Or, you can also get picked up
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  • 1
    Arataki Visitor Centre - Waitakere Ranges
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 2
    Waitakere Ranges
    Stop: 45 minutes
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  • 3
    Piha Beach
    Stop: 40 minutes
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    Pass by
    Bush and Beach
  • You'll end at
    SkyCity Auckland
    Victoria Street &, 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 SkyCity Grand Hotel (90 Federal Street). 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
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  • See black-sand beaches, mountains, waterfalls, and rain forest in one day
  • Learn all about the plants, animals, and ecosystems of the North Island
  • Discover the natural beauty of New Zealand right on Auckland’s doorstep
  • Hassle-free: enjoy convenient pickup and drop-off at your Auckland hotel
What to Expect
Start with a pickup from your Auckland hotel, then relax during the drive to your first destination, the Arataki Visitor Centre, the gateway to the Waitakere Ranges. Here, see traditional Maori carvings and get great photo ops of the rainforest, Tasman Sea, and Pacific Ocean. Then hear from your guide about the region’s history and ecosystem as you head to Auckland’s wild west coast. Enjoy time to walk along Piha Beach and check out its distinctive black sand. Continue to a lush rain forest for a leisurely nature walk that passes giant tree ferns where a variety of birds live. Your guide points out native flora and fauna along the way. Your tour ends with hotel drop-off back in Auckland. This tour operator won the Tourism Export Council 2016 Operator of the Year Award.
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Important Information
Departure Point
SkyCity Auckland, Victoria Street &, Federal Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Inner city Auckland hotel pick up and drop off
  • Guided rainforest walk
  • Visit Arataki Visitor Centre - gateway to the Waitakere Ranges
  • Visit Piha Beach
  • Enjoy afternoon tea refreshments - tea, coffee, juice and cookies
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Gratuities
  • Food
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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. Cash is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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deirdrelintott wrote a review Mar. 2020
Delta, Canada2 contributions
Richard and Kevin, our awesome your guides made this afternoon trip one of the highlights of our trip to New Zealand. They are both very knowledgeable about the history of the area, the fauna and the landmarks. We were picked up at our hotel and then boarded a small bus with 11
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Date of experience: March 2020
Dianne G wrote a review Mar. 2020
Cowes, AU8 contributions17 helpful votes
Good afternoon out. Piha is a beautiful beach with fantastic scenery. Rainforest walk was also beautiful with interesting information supplied by guide. Good to see the biosecurity controls in place to protect the rainforest and kauri trees.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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cfiette wrote a review Mar. 2020
3 contributions
This tour is worth every penny. Our guide Oly offered to pick us up straight from our Air Bnb, and was incredibly friendly and generous. The first stop at the Arataki Visitor Center was a good start - Oly spoke to us about some history of the Maori culture and language, and
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Date of experience: March 2020
Response from BUSAKL, Front Office Manager at Afternoon Piha Beach and Rainforest Tour from Auckland
Responded 12 Aug. 2020
Hi there, Thank you for your review & lovely words about Oly. The afternoon Piha and Rainforest tour is a great afternoon and we hope to see you again next time you are in Auckland!
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Supercalaf wrote a review Mar. 2020
Southport, North Carolina129 contributions12 helpful votes
At last minute decided to make this trip. Was on the phone late the night before and was successful in making the booking. I found it on line and didn’t realize that price quoted was in Euros, not NZ dollars. It was therefore more expensive than I first thought, but well
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Date of experience: March 2020
Exploration535082 wrote a review Mar. 2020
4 contributions
Thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Shawn and David as guides. Shawn was very knowledgeable of rainforest and historical info and included many interesting anecdotal details. Pace and variety of locations in tour was great. Even provided an excellent summary sheet of pictures and
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Date of experience: March 2020
About the operator

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By: Bush and Beach
Great professional and friendly tour company
A fabulous tour. Picked up on time (if a little early thank you), a fascinating trip down with plenty of informatio
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Bob H
Best of Both World tour - 8.75 hrs.
My wife and I went on this tour that includes visits to Mt. Victoria, Westhaven Marina, Arataki Visitor Centre, Pih
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I booked this tour for my birthday and it was honestly the best birthday I've ever had from start to finish. Our to
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Bush and Beach, the name itself is enough to tell you what you're gonna experience with them!! ;-)
Awesome really ! Everything is Perfect with them! You're gonna love to spend high quality time with them! Dawn, All
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Great guides and a great way ti get a sense of Auckland
This tour was pre-booked for us as part of a package therefore we did not know what to expect so it was a real ple
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Wonderful day!
Kevin gave us a very detailed and informative city tour in the morning. He went out of his way to make our last day
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Hobbiton and Waitamo caves
A fantastic day tour to Hobbiton movie set followed by a great buffet lunch and then a visit to Waitamo caves to se
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Delightful and Beautiful
What a day! I won’t lie - it’s a long bus ride to get there and a long ride back but if you’re a Hobbit/Lord of th
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We had a wonderful Day on the Coromandel Penisula!
We were fortunate to be the only two on the Day Tour with Damian! He was our very own private tour guide and very
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AWESOME! Coromandel Peninsula
We spent the day with guides Geoff & Kevin for the Coromandel Peninsula Day Tour. The hot water beach was extraord
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Hobbiton & Glow Worms!!!
Kevin picked us up bright and early for a splendid day. The Hobbiton tour was enchanting. Lunch was phenomenal –
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Mmm Green Dragon
Great tour with a great tour guide. The guy had knowledge that my daughter didn’t even know and she’s read or watch
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Might be the only chance to Kauris and some of the native birds in their natural habitat. Also get an understanding
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Olive R
Good Overview
The morning tour provided us with a good overview of this beautiful city. The guide was very informative & he had l
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Perfect way to see Hobbiton
Great tour from downtown Auckland to Hobbiton! They had hotel pick-up which was awesome and also picked us up a few
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Key Details
  • Duration: 5h
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  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English
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