Escape the city...

on this all-inclusive full day tour

of the West Auckland Wilderness

CLICK TO ENLARGE - West Auckland Wilderness tour route

  • pick-up directly from your cruise ship or central Auckland city accommodation
  • [usually] 9am - 5:30pm
  • ALL-inclusive (lunch + beverage, entry and tasting fees)
  • Minimum 2 persons
  • Discounts 6+ persons

visit Arataki on Auckland Shore Excursions

We take you high up into Auckland's "rainforest" zone where (although just 40 minutes from the city), you will feel a world away!

Look down and across to the surrounding Auckland scenery and countryside, where it is possible to see both coasts of the Auckland isthmus. The very informative Visitor's Centre is located in these ranges. "Arataki" which translates to place of learning in Maori is a great venue to see all about the flora and fauna of New Zealand. Arataki Visitor Centre is ever-popular with tourists, but a cautionary piece of advice; When choosing your Auckland excursion (which includes a visit to Arataki), do be sure that the operators are legally registered with the Auckland Council to take visitors there! Many tours just do the "stop and drop", so you just go in by yourself.

We are proud to be one of the Approved Operators, and we also give a guided tour through the Arataki Visitor Centre...

Winding our way along the Scenic Drive, you are immersed in the rainforest ...(or "bush" as it is called in New Zealand). You will see the remnants of the remaining Kauri forests which once thickly adorned this region dating back to the late 1890's

You then arrive at Craftworld, Auckland's premier craft shop.

Craft shopping on Auckland Shore Excursions

We stop here for around 30 minutes. Complimentary tea/coffee, and clean restrooms are available too. You'll be astounded by the vast selection of crafts on offer here, (many unique designs!). It's the very reason why we bring our visitors here...NO! it is NOT a "pressure-selling" stop, in fact, you do not even have to go inside if you don't want to, there are other shops in the area too look at.

Craftworld generously gives our visitors a 15% discount voucher

wine tasting included on Auckland Shore Excursions

After your souvenir shopping, we next take you wine-tasting at an award winning winery. The wine-tasting fee is included in your tour price ...(so DO be sure to check if the other Auckland tours have this included as well?).


lunch included on Auckland Shore Excursions

Next up is lunch time.

This is your choice of one main from the upmarket menu and this is also included  in your tour price.

Your tour price ALSO includes an alcoholic beverage (if desired).

quick tip for wiser travel

When choosing your shore excursion, do check whether lunch is included in the price of your tour. Many companies do not include the lunch to make their prices look cheaper!

  • IF lunch is not included, ask yourselves; "where are you going to get your lunch from while on that tour?"...
  • IF lunch is included, ask yourselves; "What will we be having, who has cooked it, and where will we be having it?"...

Many tours have you eat your lunch in your bus seat, but you will NOT do this on any of our tours, because we believe that dining should also be one of your great kiwi "experiences"!

Muriwai Beach coastline, Auckland NZ

After your relaxing lunch, we head further westward to the Muriwai region. This area is steeped in history, and as you make the drive out to the coast you will be amazed to hear how different things were in times gone by...

as local knowledge lets you hear the "true" stories here!

Look how far you can see along the 30 mile stretch of coastline -

Walk along the black iron-sands - ((optional))

Dip your toes into the Tasman Sea ...(if you dare)!!!

takapu gannet sea bird colony Muriwai Beach Auckland NZ

And, Muriwai Beach is home to the takapu gannet. Around 1,200 birds take up residency here, right on the mainland. Because they are one of the very few gannet colonies in the world to do so, it has made them world-famous.

Arriving from Australia in Sept, they mate, make their nests, and raise their chicks...who all depart back to Australia in approx. April.

takapu gannet Muriwai Auckland NZ

This wild and rugged beach is a sight in any weather condition!

Muriwai Beach walkway to gannet colony

There are gentle "walks" out to viewing decks to get close to the birds..... (but if you are concerned you may not "make the walk"...NO worries, ...you are welcome to stay in the vehicle and just enjoy the splendid views!)

FYI: On your return journey back to Auckland city, we take the motorway route...you do not return via the rainforest!!

NB: Times and itinerary can be altered to suit cruise ship departures.

Please advise us at booking time!

This tour does require a minimum of 2 persons, but do please contact us if you are a solo traveler because it is more than likely that this very popular tour could already have bookings!

These Auckland Shore Excursions are operated by legally approved operators. Please choose your tour operator wisely...

Approved operator pass



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