Start your full-day adventure with pick-up from your central Auckland hotel and soak up the scenery as you head out of the city towards the west coast. After around 45 minutes drive, arrive at Muriwai beach and follow your guide on a walking tour through the beachside forests and dunes. Hear how Muriwai’s unusual black sands were created by the region’s ancient volcanoes as you stroll along the shore and spot surfers taking to the waves. Then, get up close to one of New Zealand’s most important Gannet breeding colonies, that nest at the southern end of the beach.
After exploring the wild scenery of Muriwai beach, the rest of the day’s itinerary is up to you so you could pay head south to Bethells beach and lake, a popular spot for swimming and sunbathing. Perhaps follow the Kumeu Wine Trail and stop to enjoy wine tasting (own expense) at one of the many wineries; get your adrenaline pumping with a visit to the thrilling Tree Adventures forest park; take a tour of Crystal Mountain; or hike to the beautiful Fairy Falls (entrance tickets not included).
After an action-packed day trip, return to Auckland, where your tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel.