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

  • Take a photography tour of Auckland's West Coast
  • Get advice from your professional photographer guide
  • Walk through rainforests and on black sand beaches
Full-Day Wild West Coast Photo and Discovery Tour including Lunch from Auckland
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Full-Day Wild West Coast Photo and Discovery Tour including Lunch from Auckland
Photograph your way around Auckland's rugged West Coast during this full-day tour. With a professional photographer guide, visit the coastline's black sand beaches, like Karekare and Piha. Trek through rainforests filled with 1000-year-old Kauri trees. Get as much photographic advice as you like, and listen to commentary about the area's ecology, culture and history. Lunch and round-trip transportation from Auckland are included.
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.
Reviews (74)
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Great day with Brett

A must do when you are in auckland, we were just one day in auckland before our departure and that was definitely a great tour ! A good way to the wild west coast, magnificent beaches and huge Kauri trees with a great guide explaining...More

Thank Nicolas G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Fascinating trip with amazing sights

Brett was super friendly, accommodating, and made this a great day! This day was the highlight of a week in Auckland. The city is amazing, but getting over to the west coast with Brett to see the sights and hear his commentary was priceless. I...More

Thank Culture379098
Reviewed 9 September 2018
Photo Day Tour our of Aukland

Brett Lees provides an amazing tour of the mountains and beaches to the west of Auckland. Brett is very knowledgeable about the plants, trees, animals, geology, photography, and all the hidden scenic points on this full day tour to the west of Auckland. I did...More

1  Thank Wendy W
Reviewed 5 September 2018
The best of the best!

Brett is a knowledgeable photographer that takes you to some fabulous Photography sites. You don’t feel rushed and he is so friendly and considerate. I had a very enjoyable experience!

Thank Stay90277
Reviewed 30 August 2018
Great day out

An awesome way to experience hidden treasures of the West Coast. Our host Brett was very friendly and informative and our photography skills have increased dramatically thanks to Brett’s expert tuition. We highly recommend this tour to anyone who loves the great outdoors and photographic...More

Thank 183debe
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Mark S
7 October 2018|
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Response from Culture379098 | Reviewed this property |
Not much at all. Longest walk is perhaps 10 or 15 min. It does require steps, sand and a little terrain.
Julie D
19 August 2018|
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Response from Rachael H | Reviewed this property |
Small group tour! Brett really respects his customers’ time and will not cancel the tour if not enough people sign up. When my husband and I went it was just the two of us— we ended up with a totally private tour and had an... More
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