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“Exceeded expectations” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bush and Beach

Bush and Beach
Henderson, Auckland 0650, New Zealand
64 9 837 4130
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Ranked #8 of 159 Activities in Auckland
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Owner description: Bush and Beach is Auckland's premier small-group tour company. Daily award-winning tours take you to Auckland's coastal rain forest, wild black sand beaches, untamed Great Barrier Island, Coromandel Peninsula and now HOBBITON. Our experienced guides provide an interactive, unforgettable experience, including walks in lush rainforest, on awe-inspiring surf beaches, to lush wetlands and beautiful waterfalls.
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“Exceeded expectations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Booked the West Coast tour on Sunday, March 23rd. Assumed it would be a drive-around tour with some photo ops. What we experienced was so much more. We were picked up at our hotel precisely on time and greeted warmly by the tour guides, Sean and Wendy. The tour took us to places that were absolutely beautiful, while Sean provided commentary that was both informative and humorous. The water falls, black sand beach, rainforest walk, etc. definitely exceeded our expectations. Thanks to Bush and Beach for a great afternoon and thanks to the concierge at the Langham Hotel for the recommendation.

Visited March 2014
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“Average but could have been excellent”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Our guide was extremely interesting and knowledgeable when sticking with tour content. His personal stories, which were way, way too many, appeared to be greatly embellished, if not fabricated. Some of his comments were inappropriate. The views were great. His tour through the rain forest was informative/educational. Far exceeded my expectations. My wife and I don't regret the experience, in fact we enjoyed it. We would have loved it without all the personal stories and sidebars

Visited March 2014
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Boulder, Colorado
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“Coast and Rainforest Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We booked a Coast and Rainforest tour with Bush and Beach in Auckland for March 13, 2014. Alexander picked us up and returned us to our hotel in a small, comfortable van. Riding through the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, we saw many Kauri, Nikau, and Pohutukawa, trees, as well as black and silver ferns. We walked several times during the day to a waterfall, on a black sand beach, to one of the largest Kauri trees, and in the forest around an idyllic picnic area. Fantails, wood pigeons, and tuis were spotted. Our guide, Alexander, was friendly, knowledgeable, and very easy to understand and made the day with no crowds very enjoyable.

Visited March 2014
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“Rotorua, Waitomo day trip - great tour but cheaper elsewhere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

My wife and I took the day trip to Rotorua and Waitomo - this is a great way to see a lot of must see attractions in a short amount of time. However, the actual tour itself is done by Gray Line New Zealand. You can book the Gray Line tour for a little cheaper and it is the identical tour that Bush and Beach offers including hotel pickups and lunch (I'll be writing a more detailed review on Gray Line New Zealand's profile). I'm sure Bush and Beach is a great company as well, but in this case, it would be better to book directly with Gray Line.

Visited February 2014
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“An Unforgettable Afternoon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

I joined Bush and Beach for the half day tour from Auckland (convenient hotel pickup) to Waitakere Ranges Regional Park on Feb.20. The small group tour had a great vibe and our two guides, Dion and Dawn were wonderful. We liked the commentary about the Westies' lifestyle and the local plant life and of course, the visitor's centre, walk through the rainforest to see the large waterfall - specatacular! and spent time walking on the black sand beach at Piha. After tea time, back on the bus and everything was well organized. We also loved the bakery on the way there and hearing Dion sing the national anthem in Maori! Everyone with me had a great time!

Visited February 2014
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