|COST:||$225 per person|
|DURATION:||9.00am - 5.00pm|
|DEPARTS FROM:||Auckland City|
WHAT TO BRING:
Comfortable walking shoes, Togs (optional) - we have towels, Camera, Sunnies
Morning tea, up to 2 wine tastings. Optional kiwi style barbecue: additional $25pp. Advise at time of booking.
PLEASE NOTE: MINIMUM NUMBERS MAY APPLY.
SCENIC DRIVE LEAVING AUCKLAND
As we depart Auckland city, we’ll give you a glimpse of a few of the scenic highlights as we ascend into the clouds of Scenic Drive heading towards Aucklands wild west coast. As the name suggests, this winding, often narrow road which traverses the subtropical rainforest called the Waitakere Ranges is wrapped in a lush green blanket of ferns and trees including several young Kauri stands.
arataki visitor centre
The prestigious Arataki visitor centre nestled amid the stunning native forest landscape is our first port of call. Here the cultural, natural and colonial history and features of the Waitakere region is detailed in an array of medias.
famous piha beach
From here we descend to the West Coast black sand beach of Piha where you have the opportunity to climb iconic Lion rock to take in the breathtaking coastal views, or take a walk down the wild black sand beach alongside the surging surf.
Once we have cleared the cobwebs, there may be an opportunity to take a short walk to a gentle cascading waterfall surrounded by lush green native bush*.
*In order to protect our magnificent Kauri Trees from deadly Kauri Dieback disease, a Rahui (traditional prohibition) has been put in place extensively throughout the Waitakere Ranges by local iwi Te Kawarau a Maki and Auckland City Council. Aotea Roadies strongly supports this environmental initiative and our selection of bush walks on this tour may be subject to resulting restrictions.
west auckland wine & food
Next we rejoin Scenic Drive to continue towards the West Auckland wine region with the opportunity to try some excellent local wines. We visit a picturesque vineyard where our multi talented tour crew will prepare a kiwi style barbecue* feast to enjoy following your wine tasting.
*We create feasts for meat lovers, vegetarians, vegans and specific food allergies, however If conditions do not allow for a bbq, or you prefer a cafe option, we will visit one of the many excellent local cafes.
muriwai beach and gannet colony
After lunch, we visit another rugged West coast black sand coastline – this time Muriwai beach. We have a rare opportunity to view the gannet colony between the months of August and March. Complete your day on our Wild West coast with a barefoot walk on Muriwai Beach before we return you to your drop off point in central Auckland City.