1 Great Day from Auckland - City and Muriwai Wild West Coast Nature

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Auckland Shore Excursion Day Tour Auckland West Coast Gannets Muriwai

Auckland Shore Excursion Day Tour West Coast Gannets Muriwai

Kia Ora and Welcome to Auckland – the City of Sails!

Spend a Great Day enjoying some Auckland City Highlights, Devonport, Golden and Black Sand Beaches, the rugged Westcoast, a Gannet Colony, Waitakere Ranges Rainforest, Museum Domain and Wintergarden.

Sounds like Auckland plus New Zealand’s magic in a day?  Yes!  And we add Colonial Houses, Harbour Bridge, volcanic islands and… This day tour is a really Great Day in New Zealand. Enjoy a fantastic route from Auckland City into the Wilderness and back with heaps of stunning moments!

Price per Person (min. 2 Persons): 

NZ$ 405.00   (ca. €uro 230.00)


This tour can be customized to suit your requirements precisely! Please let us know your special requests by clicking here. When you arrive in Auckland on a cruise ship, please refer here to the Auckland Port-Cruise Ship Schedules.

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Included within this tour:

  • Personal guided Small Group Tour (min 2, max 10 people)
  • Guiding: Licensed Driver Tour Guide
  • Commentary: English or German (other languages on request)
  • Transportation: by car, depending on size of group 4WD, Limousine or 8-12 Seater Van, Hybrid Vehicle on request
  • Pick-up/Drop-off: selected Auckland City Hotels / close Cruise Ship Terminal / Meeting Point
  • Start of Tour: 8:30am - 9:00am - can be modified according to your cruise ship schedule or timetable
  • Duration: approx. 5-6 hours (please allow extra minutes depending on the traffic)
  • Snacks: New Zealand bottled water
  • Not included: Personal Expenses, Meals (You are welcome to bring a packed lunch or choose options at one of our stops)
  • What to bring: Sunglasses, comfortable shoes, photo camera, a good mood and if you want take your swimwear with you

Quick overview:

  • Harbour Bridge, Devonport, breath-taking views of Auckland, Rangitoto, Hauraki Gulf, golden beaches
  • Muriwai, Gannet Colony, stunning rugged West Coast, black sand beach coastline
  • Scenic Drive rugged Wild West Coast
  • Arataki Center, Views, Maori, Flora, West Coast, Native Bush, Rainforest
  • Museum, Wintergarden, exotic plants
  • Fall asleep after a Great Day

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The following summary...

..lists detailed information for each major stop of our itinerary.

  • We drive over the "Harbour Bridge" to Devonport with awesome views of the skyline and the imposing "Sky Tower" - the highest building in the southern hemisphere. Devonport is one of Auckland's most charming districts with beautiful wooden, restored colonial villas under palm trees, some built 150 years ago. Devonport offers a lot of Art, Galleries, beautiful beaches packed with Pohutokawas (the New Zealand christmas tree, covered in vibrant red flower) and magnificent views to the Auckland Skyline from the summit of volcano hills like Mt. Victoria or North Head. From here we overlook the Hauraki Gulf and the "America's Cup" area. If we are lucky, we can spot some Dolphins or Orcas passing through the channel.
  • Muriwai is one of New Zealand's most spectacular black-sand beaches, nestled
    Arataki Visitor's Center Waitakere Ranges City of Auckland Day Tour Shore Excursion

    Arataki Visitor's Center Waitakere Ranges

    between Auckland‘s beautiful West Coast rainforest and rock-clashing world-class surf. We visit the 2nd largest cliff-top gannet colony in the world, where more than 1,000 pairs of gannets nest. It‘s a short and easy track up the cliffs where the viewing platforms give you stunning views far over the dramatic coastline of Tasman Sea. The platforms let you get up close to the colony that you can count the eggs and observe the fluffy chicks. Mind your head - there‘s a lot of traffic in the air when the two-metre wingspan gannets flying in. It‘s a magical spot, enjoy the black sand, large breaking waves, blowholes, risk-taking fisherman on the rocks, first-class surfer and breathtaking views of the impressive coastline.
  • Arataki Center: Our scenic drive to down the rugged West Coast leads us to one of Auckland‘s „Must-Do“ attractions where we found ourselves surrounded by the natural beauty one expects to see in New Zealand. The magnificant multi purpose Arataki Center. Arataki is the Maori meaning for „place of learning“ and that‘s exactly what we can do here. It‘s a nature-related informative and well presented Visitor Center with superb 360 degree panoramic viewpoints
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    Rangitoto Island Auckland Hauraki Gulf

    overlooking the Auckland area and subtropical rainforest to the ocean. The 11m high Maori post at the front is one of the largest of its kind in New Zealand and gives the Centre a very outstanding looking. This stunning building is an educational area in regards to the regions flora, animals, history and culture of the land. As described, it‘s a must-do.
  • Last stop: City Oasis - Auckland Museum Domain & Winter Gardens: Auckland Domain is Auckland's oldest park, and at 75 hectares one of the largest in the city. The domain area was formed by volcanic activity 140,000 years ago. The large crater, which has a small scoria cone in its centre, forms a natural amphitheatre for large outdoor events. Enjoy magnificant mature treesand the outflow stream runs alongside the picturesque 'Lovers Walk' track through a hillside section of native forest.
    Auckland Devonport Mareton Bay Fig Tree

    Auckland Devonport Mareton Bay Fig Tree

    The Winter Garden complex was designed in the early 1900s and comprises two main structures, namely the Cool House and the Tropical House. Rare and spectacular plants in an ever-changing display can be seen in each of the two barrel-vaulted Victorian style glass houses which face out on to an extensive court yard and sunken pool.

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Price per Person

NZ$ 405.00   (ca. €uro  230.00)

A minimum of two persons is required for this tour to go ahead.

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