West Auckland

Rugged, scenic, vast & so very beautiful, West Auckland is a real New Zealand outdoors paradise full of adventure. From calming sightseeing to challenging activities, visiting West Auckland should be on everybody's Auckland itinerary.

Ezy Driver provides guided tours with West Auckland locals taking you on a journey encompassing some of the most unique and breathtaking landscapes in New Zealand. From stunning black sand surf beaches, golden sand dunes & lakes surrounded by forest to challenging bush walks, waterfalls, vineyards, bird colony's, cafe's, art gallery's & more.

Check out some of our tour options below, we can customise an itinerary to suit your requirements.

 

Piha beach & the gateway to the west

Allow 6 hours

Journey out west to one of New Zealand's most famous surf beaches, Piha. Located about 45 minutes from the city centre our journey goes through the arty township of Titirangi before a short 30 minute stop-over of at the Arataki visitor centre. Here you can learn all about the history of the Waitakere Ranges regional park which covers over 16,000 hectares of native rainforest and coastline. 

The Arataki visitor centre is also a gateway to some of the 250+KM worth of tramping tracks which lead to some of West Auckland's hidden gems including waterfalls, giant Kauri trees and amazing lookout points of the city, coastline and forest.

From here we continue our journey to Piha beach stopping off at a spectacular high peak lookout point over the coastline before making our way down the beach to explore the black sand surf beach and local cafe's.

KiteKite falls & Mercer Bay Loop walk

For a bit of extra adventure check out nearby KiteKite falls. A 1.8KM 45 minute easy walk to a stunning waterfall. Perfect for a picnic after visiting the local Piha fish & chip and bit of a swim. You can even hide behind the sheet of water. 

Upon leaving Piha we recommend the 1.4KM 1 hour Mercer Bay Loop walking track. An enjoyable scenic walk with amazing shoreline views along some of the highest sea cliffs in Auckland.

Recommended add-on's for this trip are Fairy Falls, Crystal Mountain or Bethells beach & lake

Duration : 6 Hours (approx.)

  • Location: Auckland
  • Price from NZD $590.00

 

Fairy Falls walking track

Allow 4 hours

Explore Fairy Falls as a separate tour or as a discounted add-on to your Piha or Bethells beach tour.

A scenic 30 minute drive from Auckland city, Piha or Bethells beach through winding scenic roads we head deeper into the Waitakere Ranges for a walk to see one of our most beautiful waterfalls, Fairy Falls. The walking track is around 3.2KM long down some steep forest tracks. At the bottom follow the stream up towards the waterfall to relax and take in the views and fresh air.

The next stage requires some fitness. Make your way around the waterfall up some challenging steps trekking through dense native forest back to our starting point via various different walking tracks.

Recommended add-on's for this trip are Piha beach, Bethells beach or Crystal Mountain

Bethells beach & Bethells lake

Allow 6 hours

45 minutes drive from Auckland central or 30 minutes from Piha or Fairy Falls, Bethells beach also known as Te Henga is a mixed gold & black sand surf beach complete with dunes and a nearby lake. A slightly safer alternative to Piha for swimming, Bethells beach is absolutely stunning with a real mix of environments to explore. We recommend a half day here exploring the main surf beach before driving up the road towards Bethells lake.

From here it's a 25 minute walk through farmland and forest over some amazing gold and black sand dunes. On a perfect day it almost feels like being on another planet!. Arriving at the lakefront we'll setup a picnic against the dune banks and cool off or dive off into the lake. A popular option for families and adventurous groups in the summer months.

Recommended add-on's for this trip are Fairy Falls, Crystal Mountain or Piha beach

Duration : 6 Hours (approx.)

  • Location: Auckland
  • From NZD $590.00

 

Muriwai beach & gannet bird colony

Allow 6 hours

Located 45 minutes from Auckland central or Bethells beach, Muriwai is a more rugged 60KM coastline. A popular spot for camping and film crews due including the latest Taylor Swift song Muriwai offers some spectacular black sand surf beaches, cliff top views and close proximity to the Kumeu wine trail & Tree Adventures forest adventure park. 

Located at the southern end of the beach is the site of one of New Zealand's few mainland Gannet breeding colonies. 

Recommended add-on's for this trip are Fairy Falls, Crystal Mountain, Bethells beach, Tree Adventures or the Kumeu Wine Trail

Duration : 6 Hours (approx.)

  • Location: Auckland
  • From NZD $590.00

 

Kumeu wine trail

Allow 6 hours

If you thought West Auckland was all about native bush & beach, then you must check out the Kumeu region's wines. From half a day to a full day it's your choice, with over 10 high vineyards, cafe's & restaurants in the area you are spoiled for choice. 

We can provide an intimate professional vineyard tour visiting a few of our most recommend locations. 

- Kerr Farm. Starting your day with a private session in a beautiful farm house this is a great educational start to your tour.        

- Kumeu River. Popular for producing high quality Pinot Gris & Chardonnay, a great second stop

- Coopers Creek. Further along the trail, we visit Coopers Creek for an entertaining tasting session followed by lunch. 

- Lunch options. Next door to Coopers Creek the Tasting Shed provides a great indoor or outdoor setting perfect for groups. Using local seasonal ingredients the Tasting Shed provides a unique range of tapas type tasting plates.

For a more private and upmarket experience we recommend Provenance Eatery & Store. With an on-site butchery, bee's and vegetable gardens, the food simply couldn't be fresher or more superb.

From here the options are endless. Matua Valley, Westbrook Estate & Soljans Estate are all worth a visit.

Recommended add-on's for this trip are Muriwai beach or Bethells beach

Duration : 6 Hours (approx.)

  • Location: Auckland
  • From NZD $590.00

 

Tree Adventures

Allow 4 hours

Tree Adventures is one of New Zealand's top outdoors activities. Suitable for ages and lots of fun in big groups it's must do activity for anyone visiting Auckland for a day. Tree Adventures is a forest adventure park offering 10 individual high wire confidence courses.

Each course starts with a ladder that leads you to the first platform. From there you progress from tree to tree on a series of aerial activities, including high wires, swinging logs, balance beams and tree surfing.

Each activity is designed to test your balance while building confidence and, of course, ensuring that everyone has lots of fun. Once you have completed all of the activities on the course you are rewarded with an exhilarating flying fox ride back to the ground. 

Recommended add-on's for this trip are Muriwai beach, Bethells beach, Fairy Falls or Crystal Mountain

Duration : 5 Hours (approx.)

  • Location: Auckland
  • From NZD $450.00

Crystal Mountain

Allow 4 hours

A great stop-over for any journey out west, Crystal Mountain has something for everybody and be added on to any other tour on this page. Relax in the cafe for a traditional Kiwi breakfast or lunch, explore the crystal museum and retail store loaded with an amazing range of crystal products.

Outside there's an animal and rides park with everything from Pony rides to roller coaster rides perfect for families.

Recommended add-on's for this trip are Piha beach, Bethells beach or Fairy Falls

 

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