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Full-Day Wild West Coast Photo and Discovery Tour including Lunch from Auckland

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    What to Expect
    The day starts at 9am with a free pickup from your central city accommodation . We head out approximately 40minutes from the ctiy towards the West Coast . Situated at the foothills of the Waitakere Ranges we drive through Titirangi, an area rich in culture and with many galleries and outdoor Cafes it is a favorite spot for artists of many kinds.

    We then head up the aptly named Scenic Drive where our first stop is the Arataki Visitor Center. Perched high on the ridge there are some amazing views of both coasts from the lookouts. Inside there are many interactive displays showcasing animals, plant life and early settlers lives in the ranges.

    From here we head out to see a pristine area of native rainforest with many trees over 1000 years old. We also walk through the bush which is a relatively flat 1.5 km loop. If you would rather you can just do a section of the walk.

    After some morning tea we head over to see two of our more famous west coast beaches Piha and Karekare. Although right next to each other on the Coast they are worlds apart in nature and ambience. Piha has the epic views , the iconic Lion Rock and is famous for its surf , many people call Piha home. Karekare by contrast has a different character, it is more brooding and isolated in nature and very few people live there.

    We walk on both beaches as well as seeing some beautiful waterfalls and walking through some enchanting Pohutakawa glades.

    Karekare is also the site of our barbecue and while the barbecue is cooking some people stroll along the beach while others are happy to sit and relax by the river, the choice is yours.

    Feeling refreshed and invigorated  from your day in the fresh air we drop you back at your central city accommodation around 4.30-5.00pm.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Auckland Central, Auckland Central, North Island

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Duration
    8h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Lunch
    • Driver/guide
    • Live commentary on board
    • Professional photographer guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    This was without a doubt one of the best tour experiences that my husband and I have ever had. Brett is without a doubt one of the most knowledgeable, caring and talented persons I have ever met. Brett picked us up at our hotels (group of 3 that day, incredibly lucky for us) and
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    This was my favorite tour in Auckland! Brett was delightful and showed our group a lot of great spots - highly recommend!!
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    Definitely a unique vision which leads to unique experience! Brett shared with us some special spots on the wild west cost, which would be hard to explore on your own. Eventhough it was windy and rainy we enjoyed the tour as there was a mystical vibe on the beaches. Brett is an
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    Brett met us at our hotel in the morning and introduced himself and let us know that we were the only one's on the tour that day . We were then off on a wonderful day . We visited the Arataki Visitor Centre and Brett took us around explaining things . We then went outside to
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    It's the best trip we have had in Auckland west. We got some of the great chances seeing the excellent views, including Piha beach. We are from California and have seen many beaches. But the Piha beach gives us a big surprise with the beautiful black sand and powerful ocean
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    By: Unique Visions Tours
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    Drepenas
    10
    If you can only do one thing in Auckland, you MUST do this! You will see everything worth seeing!
    This was without a doubt one of the best tour experiences that my husband and I have ever had. Brett is without a
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    WilliamB837
    Lake Worth, Florida
    23657
    The Long and Winding Road(s)
    A nice get away from the city. Brett knows his stuff and happily shares that knowledge with his passengers. If
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    Happiness532465
    72
    Great Experience!
    This was my favorite tour during my 10 day visit to NZ. Brett is an excellent guide for the places we visited,
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    sias08
    10
    Half day tour from Auckland
    Brett was a great tour guide. They day was great we saw everything that was promised. Only 7 total people on the
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    Hopelesswanderer267
    10
    Amazing day!!
    This was my favorite tour in Auckland! Brett was delightful and showed our group a lot of great spots - highly
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    Dean C
    10
    Wonderful day!
    We traveled a month in NZ and Australia. Brett was our favorite tour guide. Such a wonderful day at amazing
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    D7861DXmariat
    10
    Incredible Experience
    I only had one day in Auckland after flying in on an early morning flight. After seeing the Unique Visions tour
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    Viktorija J
    10
    Unique experience
    Definitely a unique vision which leads to unique experience! Brett shared with us some special spots on the wild
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    sofiafcomo
    Guilin, China
    82
    A wonderful day trip from Auckland
    I did enjoyed this tour. The destinations are amazing. Brett is a very nice person and a good guide. Although I
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    Yee747
    England
    104
    Best of the West Tour (Half Day)
    I decided on this tour based upon the 300+ excellent reviews of Unique Visions Tours, plus the fact that it
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    plannersteve
    Brampton, Canada
    11555
    Best for Last
    Brett met us at our hotel in the morning and introduced himself and let us know that we were the only one's on the
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    Kenan Y
    20
    The best trip we have had in Auckland west.
    It's the best trip we have had in Auckland west. We got some of the great chances seeing the excellent views,
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    Relax89661
    20
    Don’t miss this one!!
    Brett was the Steve Erwin of the beach! Our trip was breathtaking. Highly recommended!!! Bring sun screen.
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    maruzhenkova
    Moscow, Russia
    30
    Good day!
    It was a great day, totally worth the money. Guide Brett was very knowledgeable and shared it with me. Showed me
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    adevim
    1011
    Amazing!
    Amazing tour of beautiful spots along the west coast. I ended up being the only person on the tour but it was held
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