Excursion

West Coast Wilderness Eco Experience

Within a 45-minute drive from downtown Auckland lies the thickly forested Waitakere Ranges, a pristine wilderness edged by unspoiled beaches. With this invigorating excursion, you will enjoy a chance to stroll along a beach and walk through the wildlife-rich native forest.

  • Code
    AUC-FW
  • Level
    Extreme
  • Walking Type
    Little
  • Activity Type
    Adventures
  • Age
    All ages
  • Duration
    5½ hours

Depart the pier for the approximate 30-minute drive from downtown Auckland to the Arataki Centre, perched high in the Waitakere Ranges, where the sweeping decks give breathtaking panoramic views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Absorb the local history and admire the magnificent traditional Maori carvings that stand guard there.

Head further west and experience the power of the wild and rugged west coast. Feel the black sand beneath your feet as you stroll along some of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer.

With your knowledgeable and experienced guide, your eco-tour continues on to the lush rainforest, where you may hear native birdsong as you walk the easy bush tracks among New Zealand’s famous kauri trees and giant tree ferns.

Your tour concludes back at the pier in Auckland.

Important Notes:

Guests must be a minimum of 12 years old in order to participate. As this excursion involves extensive walking over uneven terrain, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests wear flat, comfortable shoes. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.

Availability: limited