Half Day Wilderness Experience - WILDEX: Escape from the city for an afternoon and discover the unique rainforest and stunning black sand beaches just 30 minutes from Downtown Auckland on this half day eco-tour. Enjoy breath-taking panoramic views and admire magnificent traditional Maori carvings at the Arataki Visitor Centre. Experience black sand surf beaches; learn about the flora and fauna of the rainforest and the fascinating natural history of this area with a knowledgeable guide in a small group environment.
After being picked from your hotel and meting your guide, we'll head straight for the Arataki Visitor Information Centre, within Auckland's largest regional nature reserve, Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. Admire the breath-taking panoramic views down over the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean. As you learn about the area’s fascinating history. Don’t miss the magnificent Maori carvings that stand guard there.
From here we’ll continue westwards, heading for New Zealand's wild and rugged West Coast. In the company of your experienced local guide you’ll go for a walk through a well-preserved area of Auckland's coastal rainforest as you learn all about the local flora and fauna. Stop to admire the giant tree ferns growing alongside picturesque streams in this regenerating rainforest. You’ll also get to visit a magnificently secluded West Coast beach where you walk along the black sand and enjoy the bracing ocean breeze.
Meeting/ Pick up point: Hotel pick up in selected Auckland central city hotels.
Duration: 5 hours.
Start or opening time: 12.30pm.