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Auckland Shore Excursion: Small-Group Coast and Rainforest Tour

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    What to Expect
    When your ship pulls into port in Auckland, enjoy a full-day shore excursion exploring the rugged west coast of the North Island. After pickup near the cruise terminal, climb inside a comfortable vehicle for the drive to the Waitakere Ranges, Auckland’s largest regional park.

    You’ll make a stop at the Arataki Visitor Centre, where customary Maori carvings stand guard. From the outdoor decks, take in a coastal panorama of the Tasman Sea, with views reaching all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

    At your next stop, disembark for a moderate walk through a coastal rainforest. Follow your guide on a forest path alongside burbling streams and gaze up at giant tree ferns as you get acquainted with New Zealand’s native flora and fauna. Finish with a stroll along a black-sand beach and work up an appetite for your picnic lunch at a picturesque spot.

    After you’ve refueled, continue your journey to an untouched forest of virgin kauri trees, some as mature as 1,000 years old. Listen for birdsong amid the canopy and hear from your guide some fascinating tidbits of New Zealand natural history. Feel free to ask any questions about the country’s unique plant life, 70 percent of which evolved in isolation and are found nowhere else in the world.

    Your shore excursion ends with the return drive to Auckland and drop-off at the port. 

    Worry-Free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Auckland cruise port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Price Waterhouse Coopers building bus stop (Stop #1346)
    Departure Time
    10:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point at 5pm
    • Cruise port pickup and drop-off at the Price Waterhouse Coopers bus stop (stop #1346), 188 Quay Street
    • Local guide
    • Light refreshments
    • Picnic lunch - please advise dietary requirements
    • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Moderate level of walking ability required. Includes approximately 2 hours of walking
    • Please advise your preferred lunch choice in the special requirements box upon booking: chicken, roast beef or vegetarian
    • All luggage must be kept aboard your ship or at a luggage storage facility at the port (own expense)
    • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled 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 14 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 14 April 2019 via mobile

    We recently done this tour and found it to be excellent. Our tour guide Wayne was very informative and alot of fun. The rainforest was great and very interesting we also went to Piha beach with its black sand. All in all a Fantastic tour...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank Sharon M
    Reviewed 13 February 2019

    Tamara and Wayne with Bush and Beach tours gave us an enjoyable, picturesque and informative tour of the rain forest and beaches surrounding Auckland, NZ. I liked that we had some free time off of the bus to enjoy walks along the beaches as well...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank Lynette M
    Reviewed 28 November 2018

    A true, down to earth New Zealand nature experience . You feel you are with friends from the moment you are picked up until you are returned to your hotel. The caring, knowledgeable guides, share their love and pride in their country. We learnt about...More

    Date of experience: November 2018
    Thank BibiTasmania
    Reviewed 10 November 2018

    We really wanted a chance to walk in the rainforest of New Zealand and this tour provided an excellent opportunity to do that. We were picked up at 12:12 pm in a very comfortable van by our guide, David, and driver, Allen. We first visited...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    1  Thank martomsak
    Reviewed 23 October 2018

    I was looking for a day trip to do while in Auckland and easily booked it through the i-site center, and opted to do the Coast & Rainforest Walk Tour. Low and behold, it was a super small "group", which consisted of only myself and...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    Thank Jeff206
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