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Address: Auckland, New Zealand
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+64 9-411 7080
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 21:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Unique, all-inclusive, & just 40mins from city. *Private* sheep farm...

Unique, all-inclusive, & just 40mins from city. *Private* sheep farm plus Craftmarket, wine & honey, lunch, Muriwai beach, and gannet colony. Senior-friendly, this Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence Award winning company is your answer for the perfect Shore Excursion because you'll do so many things on the one tour therefore optimising your time. Hosted by NZ-born & Maori operators with 14y experience, you tour the west Auckland & Muriwai region “like a local” because it’s where our family has lived and farmed since 1922. Includes afternoon tea, (-we are Food Handling Certified). And, because our farm has its own carbon sink-tank reserves, (-we plant a tree for every tour done), your trip is responsibly sustainable and carbon-efficient too.

Private tours on request.

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High Point of Our Vacation

We could never say enough good things about this amazing couple and their tour. From the warm emails back and forth with Donna as we planned and booked the tour until the farewell... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Happytravelet
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We could never say enough good things about this amazing couple and their tour. From the warm emails back and forth with Donna as we planned and booked the tour until the farewell from Stu as he dropped us at our hotel, we felt like special friends. Great food, interesting sights to see, information about their area and a unique... More 

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muriwaidonna, Owner at Coast to Coast Tours, responded to this review

Kia ora, It was great sharing the day with you too! We are pleased you enjoyed all the great attractions in our region. Thanks for your wishes... After 15y, yes, it does seem a bit surreal that we only have one month before we retire from our tours, but as we just cannot keep pace with the demands, our businesses;... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we are on the last day of our 8 day hol in Auckland and of all the tours we have taken in the past few days, this is the one my mum rated the highest (and she has travelled a lot!) what is truly unique about this tour is you dont feel like you are on a tour at all.... More 

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muriwaidonna, Owner at Coast to Coast Tours, responded to this review

Hi there Joanne! Many thanks for your kind comments. It is especially nice to hear your mum enjoyed the trip too. We are fortunate to be able to provide a good array of activities within our region. It's a close proximity to the city, so there's lots of time "experiencing" without the wasted time of traveling long distances. We wish... More 

Heart of Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

Thanks to Stu and Donna for sharing a day with us. Very nice to wander a bit on the North Island, loved seeing the birds (although, yes, they do smell a bit). Lunch was excellent and the final tour of the sheep farm and bird sanctuary were enlightening. Especially appreciated the driving tips, they have been a big help now... More 

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muriwaidonna, Owner at Coast to Coast Tours, responded to this review

Kia ora Cat and Peter, Thank you for your speedy review! It was lovely meeting you too and learning all about your home in the National Forest (where we could compare many aspects of our own lifestyle). Yes, the Muriwai gannet colony is a bit "stinky" at the moment!!!!!!! Nature at it's best eh? LOL, but the chicks are growing... More 

Coral Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

As a travel agent, I have had the privilege of travel. Of all the tours I have taken in 18 years of touring, nothing compares to this! They are the most wonderful couple I have ever met. She is Maori, a people dedicated to the land and its creatures. Just her tour of her farm , seeing sheep , a... More 

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muriwaidonna, Owner at Coast to Coast Tours, responded to this review

Kia ora Paula, We trust your travels are going well. Thank you for your comments. We are pleased that you enjoyed our tour and the things we show and discus. We feel we really don't do anything out of the ordinary...and to hear that "nothing compares to our tour in your 18 years" is quite overwhelming. We have taken your... More 

Carmichael, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

We spent the day with Stew and Donna Hamilton and a small group of famous people who just happened to be on our tour. Stew took us everywhere we wanted to go, he was friendly, knowledgeable, and such an amazing person. One of the many highlights was Donna's home-made pavlova at their table in their lovely ranch. So many wonderful... More 

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muriwaidonna, Owner at Coast to Coast Tours, responded to this review

Kia ora Jill and Craig, Thank you for your lovely comments! We are pleased you enjoyed your time on the tour, and Craig did a wonderful job letting us know it was your birthday (…and anniversary), so we did a “special” tree just for you. J60 (a pohutukawa/NZ Christmas tree) is doing just fine and can be found at these... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

By far one of the best tours I have taken anywhere and I travel a lot. The warmth and hospitality of Stuart and Donna exceeded expectations, and it was such a marvelous opportunity to learn more about New Zealand and see an actual, working sheep farm. From pickup at our hotel in downtown Auckland to drop off, the day was... More 

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muriwaidonna, Owner at Coast to Coast Tours, responded to this review

Kia ora! We thank you for your detailed comments. How valuable is it to receive a review from such a well-traveled person!? It is also worth noting the title of your review; "Worth Every Penny". We aren't the cheapest of tours...but then, we are by no way the dearest. However, this "value-for-money" comment has been said [by reviewers] many times... More 

Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

We were picked up punctually from our ship by the owner who was charming. On the way to the rain forrest he (on his speaker headset) gave us the whole breakdown of the economy/politics/housing/and history of the region. The stops we made were explained in detail on the way and when we arrived. We had a lovely lunch and then... More 

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muriwaidonna, Owner at Coast to Coast Tours, responded to this review

Hi there Candy, Thanks for your kind review. You booked your tour as 'private' which meant you and your group could choose where and what you wanted to see in your available time. As it turned out, Stu took you to Arataki Information Centre in the rainforest. (This is quite a popular stop with many Auckland tours, but it is... More 

San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

We are a group of 8 traveling around New Zealand and found Stu and Donna to be very informative and friendly hosts. We got to see a lot of beautiful views and get up close and personal with many of the local plant and animal life. And the pavlova...mmmm. yummy!!!

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muriwaidonna, Owner at Coast to Coast Tours, responded to this review

Kia ora group of 8! Thank you for writing in here. It is often difficult to find things that will suit everyone in a large group, and things which will cater for different ages too, so we are especially pleased to hear you found the tour "perfect for [your] group". Thank you again for choosing our tour while in Auckland.... More 

Singapore, Singapore
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72 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

This family run enterprise exudes genuine Kiwi hospitality and warmth. Transfers were provided by Stuart, an affable gentleman who safely negotiated city traffic and the narrow Muriwai roads with ease, all the while providing snippets of information on historical and current affairs. The highlight was the visit to the owners homestead, where the education on Maori culture and farm activities... More 

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muriwaidonna, Owner at Coast to Coast Tours, responded to this review

Kia ora, Thank you for your exuberance about our tour. Indeed it was ourselves who were fortunate to have you and your family choose our tour, considering the many tours now available in Auckland. We are pleased you enjoyed your trip, and that you gained an insight into our lifestyle and the Auckland region. As said many times before, this... More 

Stockport, UK
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

What a wonderful day out we had with Stuart and then Donna Hamilton on the 23rd November 2016. Their bubbly personalities and knowledge made us wish the day would never end! From the beginning it has been a pleasure to deal with Donna and Stuart. I first made contact with them some 17 months in advance of our cruise round... More 

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muriwaidonna, Owner at Coast to Coast Tours, responded to this review

Hi all, It is lovely, that even though we are due to retire from our tour at the end of April next year, that you took the time to post a review. Thank you for that! Yes, we also had a great time showing you different attractions of the Auckland countryside, and getting to know you all. 17 months may... More 

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