Tours and Tickets

Auckland City Highlights, Afternoon Beach & Rainforest Tour provided by Bush and Beach

Auckland City Highlights, Afternoon Beach & Rainforest Tour

Auckland City Highlights, Afternoon Beach & Rainforest Tour
4.5
Book in advance
from
$240.00
per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
Reserve now & pay later: Save your spot free of charge with flexible booking.
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Face masks provided for travellers
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Setting out from your hotel in Auckland, your morning tour takes you sightseeing in the City of Sails, while the afternoon tour delivers you outside the city to the Waitakere Ranges. Discover the highlights of this unique urban landscape, set on 48 dormant volcanic cones. Enjoy plenty of photo ops from vista points overlooking the two harbors—Waitemata and Manukau—and witness how the locals live in New Zealand's busiest city, site of the world-renowned America’s Cup.  Light refreshments are provided, and lunch can be purchased (own expense). In the afternoon, depart downtown for the Arataki Visitor Centre, and step out on the deck for views of the cityscape and harbors all the way to the Tasman Sea. Learn of the traditional Maori carvings that guard this gateway to the Waitakere Ranges, Auckland’s largest regional park. Your guide enlightens you on the region’s natural and cultural heritage. Continue on to the wild and rugged west coast where you have the opportunity to stroll on an unspoiled beach. A short journey brings you to the lush rainforest. Gaze up at giant tree ferns and listen for native birdlife on your walk, and see an outstanding specimen of New Zealand's ancient kauri trees—a classic Kiwi experience—before returning to Auckland. 
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3582BOTH
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Auckland city centre hotel pickup and drop-off • Join our local guide for a 3 hour small group city tour in the morning before an afternoon in nature • Visit Piha Beach • Enjoy a walk in the rainforest, just 45 minutes from Auckland City • Afternoon tea refreshments included • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Exclusions
Lunch (can be purchased - a small amount of cash is required) • Gratuities
Duration
8h 30m
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Tours departs daily from selected Auckland hotels/accommodation and returns to the original departure point at 5:30pm. The hotels listed above is not a full list of pick up locations, we pick up at most city center hotels/accommodation - please advise of the hotel name when booking.
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). IMPORTANT: if you are meeting the tour here, this will need to be confirmed with us. Please call to confirm freephone - 0800 423 224 (6am-10pm)
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
Auckland city centre hotel pickup and drop-off • Join our local guide for a 3 hour small group city tour in the morning before an afternoon in nature • Visit Piha Beach • Enjoy a walk in the rainforest, just 45 minutes from Auckland City • Afternoon tea refreshments included • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Exclusions
Lunch (can be purchased - a small amount of cash is required) • Gratuities
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Tours departs daily from selected Auckland hotels/accommodation and returns to the original departure point at 5:30pm. The hotels listed above is not a full list of pick up locations, we pick up at most city center hotels/accommodation - please advise of the hotel name when booking.
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). IMPORTANT: if you are meeting the tour here, this will need to be confirmed with us. Please call to confirm freephone - 0800 423 224 (6am-10pm)
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
8h 30m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
The tour is suitable for all ages and abilities. It includes 2 hours of light walking.
Not wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Near public transportation
Infant seats available
Most travellers can participate
Minimum TWO adults required for the tour to run
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    SkyCity Auckland
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Queen Street
    Ponsonby
    Auckland Harbour Bridge
  • 1
    Mount Victoria Reserve
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Narrow Neck Beach
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Westhaven Marina
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Auckland Domain
    Parnell
  • 4
    Arataki Visitor Centre - Waitakere Ranges
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Auckland
    Stop: 45 minutes
    See details
  • 6
    Piha Beach
    Stop: 40 minutes
    See details
  • 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). IMPORTANT: if you are meeting the tour here, this will need to be confirmed with us. Please call to confirm freephone - 0800 423 224 (6am-10pm)
    See address & details
+
Popular mentions

4.5
20 reviews
Excellent
14
Very good
6
Average
0
Poor
0
Terrible
0

Stephen E
Laurel, MD5 contributions
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 fun even amidst the COVID-19 break out. He tailored the trip to the interests of the group and made a couple of unscheduled stops that he thought we’d appreciate.
In the afternoon, Damian took us up into the mountains outside of town for breathtaking views and useful information about the history of the area. He was passionate about everything he talked about it was a real expert on the local flora and fauna.
I cannot recommend this company highly enough!
Written 24 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Olive R
North Bay, Canada21 contributions
Good Overview
Feb 2020
The morning tour provided us with a good overview of this beautiful city. The guide was very informative & he had lots of funny stories to share.
The afternoon tour was a nice contrast as we had an opportunity to view some beautiful beaches, walk in the rainforest & get a view from the Arataki Centre. The guide Sean was very knowledgeable & eager to answer our questions.
Written 3 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

roselea in oz
Tamworth, Australia5 contributions
Enjoyable day trip
Jan 2020 • Solo
Great way for a quick overview of Auckland. West Coast visit a must do for all,very scenic. You won't regret this tour.
Written 16 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Stacey Abate
7 contributions
Do the afternoon portion
Jan 2020
The morning was OK, a general overview Auckland but the afternoon is fantastic. The construction happening throughout the city right now is truly obnoxious. The guide did a good job explaining the history and sites and trying to avoid the worst of the construction but it’s truly unavoidable. Imagine how much roadwork would need to be done to install an entire subway line while people are living in that city. This is really two half day tours combined, consider just doing the afternoon, which finally gets out of the city and shows you all the things New Zealand is famous for. It’s just like we pictured, lush rainforest, exceptionally knowledgeable guide, and black sand beach. We 100% definitely recommend the afternoon tour.
Written 12 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Mariusz
Macedonia1 contribution
Best tour ever!
Jan 2020 • Couples
Fantastic tour guides and very well organized!!! A lot of information delivered in an interesting manner. Wish all tours were this great!
Written 8 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Lou Ray
3 contributions
Great Tour
Nov 2019 • Couples
Great on both tours. Short city intro tour of the highlights to get the jist of the city. Afternoon was awesome tour guides Kevin and David were fantastic.
Written 24 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Greg L
60 contributions
Enjoyed the bush & beach more then the city tour
Oct 2019
The morning part of this tour (Auckland City Highlights) was okay. The highlight was going to the top of Mt. Victoria without having to talk up the steep hillside. The view at the top was incredible. Our guide was very friendly and he shared some historical & cultural facts, but much of what he shared were reviews of shops and restaurants.

The afternoon tour was a trip to the rain forest outside Auckland. This was much more fun. The walk through the rain forest was beautiful, fun, relaxing, and educational. The stop at Piha Beach was good, too. The black sand is striking and the terrain around the the crashing surf is beautiful. Our guide for this part of the tour was very friendly and knowledgeable.

If I were doing this again, I'd use the morning to go to Mt. Victoria or the War Memorial Museum on my own and then catch the afternoon tour to the rain forest and beach.
Written 5 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

453terry
Stowmarket, UK8 contributions
Bush and Beach
Oct 2019 • Couples
Excellent tour introducing us to the rain forest in the Waitākere range and black beach of Piha near Auckland city. The commentary was full, interesting and informative. A thoroughly enjoyable experience thanks to our guide Stefan and driver Dave.
Written 19 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

melkin0508
Evansville, IN36 contributions
A great way to see the highlights
Apr 2019 • Friends
A good overview of the Auckland area - both in city and out. Informative and lots of opportunity to stop for views and comfort (if you know what I mean). Kevin, Felicity, and Warren were all friendly and helpful. Our only complaint was lunch - trying to eat on a moving bus was messy and (I think) unnecessary. Adding 20 minutes somewhere for the group to quickly eat would be a good idea. Otherwise, a good tour.
Written 30 May 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi there, Thank you for your feedback and I am glad you enjoyed your tour. Unfortunately with so many great locations to fit into the afternoon portion of the tour the lunch on the Best of Both Worlds tour is a little tricky but I will have a chat with the guides about reminding clients that they can take some time at the first location (Arataki Visitors Centre) to have a quick lunch if clients prefer not to eat on the bus. Thanks again!
Written 31 May 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Ashley R
North Vancouver, Canada23 contributions
Excellent!
Mar 2019 • Solo
Both my guides in the morning and afternoon portions were so informative. I learned so much about Auckland and New Zealand. The Arataki Visitor Centre was really interesting and I loved visiting Piha Beach. I'd definitely recommend this tour.
Written 16 March 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 20
About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: Bush and Beach
659cathw
659cathw
00
Excellent - friendly efficient service and a well maintained bus
We hired a small 21 seater bus to transport our team to a lunch across town, with three pick up points (and return)
GeoffreyN471
GeoffreyN471
00
Family Day Tour
Booked the tour online , picked up out the front of our hotel in Auckland .. immediately welcomed by our guide Ton
nikaustuart
nikaustuart
00
ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTFUL
This trip was organised as a surprise for my friends 28th birthday, and to say it was amazing would be an understat
K4152CNmattc
K4152CNmattc
00
First class service
We used Bush & Beach for transport to take us to and from Eden Park for a football game. We had a reasonably large
KerrynZandK
KerrynZandK
00
Hobbiton trip a must do!
Having the stress taken out of travelling down to Hobbiton with all the information and knowledge from the experien
nigelf758
nigelf758
00
Excellent Hobbiton and Hops Tour from Auckland
A fantastic tour down to Hobbiton and then on to the Good George Brewery in Hamilton. Ran like clockwork and our dr
Excursion92822
Excursion92822
00
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
Bob H
Bob H
00
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
bidabong91
bidabong91
00
Amazing!
I booked this tour for my birthday and it was honestly the best birthday I've ever had from start to finish. Our to
BenthNZ
BenthNZ
00
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
deirdrelintott
deirdrelintott
00
A Beautiful Beach and Unique Rainforest Tour -Top of the List in Auckland
Richard and Kevin, our awesome your guides made this afternoon trip one of the highlights of our trip to New Zealan
L8722YPrichardb
L8722YPrichardb
00
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
371dianneg
371dianneg
00
Beautiful Piha
Good afternoon out. Piha is a beautiful beach with fantastic scenery. Rainforest walk was also beautiful with inter
gloriaq696
gloriaq696
00
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
OSUGYPSY
OSUGYPSY
00
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
Frequently Asked Questions about Auckland City Highlights, Afternoon Beach & Rainforest Tour

Auckland City Highlights, Afternoon Beach & Rainforest Tour will start at 9:00 AM. Discover and book Auckland City Highlights, Afternoon Beach & Rainforest Tour on Tripadvisor


Auckland City Highlights, Afternoon Beach & Rainforest Tour price starts from $247.84. Discover and book Auckland City Highlights, Afternoon Beach & Rainforest Tour on Tripadvisor

Auckland City Highlights, Afternoon Beach & Rainforest Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Auckland City Highlights, Afternoon Beach & Rainforest Tour on Tripadvisor