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Black Sand Tours

Auckland Central, New Zealand
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About Black Sand Tours
Black Sand Tours Wild West adventure trip is a different style of tourism. It will feel less like a tour, and more like you are exploring incredibly beautiful locations with old friends. We climb down cliffs, we swim (year round) in the surf, we walk through rivers, we slide down sand dunes, we swim through caves, we get buried up to our neck in Black Sand and then we run into lakes, rivers, oceans to wash it off. Sometimes we find seals. Sometimes we find whales. Sometimes we find dolphins. But this is absolutely not a get off the bus / take photos / get back on the bus kind of tour. You will go home muddy, wet, sandy, happy and tired. And you will learn a lot about New Zealand. Plus, our photos are spectacular - we take pictures of you and your friends exploring our locations all day, and they are freely available to you at no cost. We pick the best locations for the group, and the weather conditions of the day from the following list; Piha Beach Bethells Sand Dunes Muriwai Beach Whatipu Beach KiteKite Falls Pararaha Valley And we tailor a day that you will never forget.
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Clark and Marty A wrote a review Mar 2020
Glenwood15 contributions1 helpful vote
Did this tour in late January. It was a small group of 4 and we got along splendidly. We went to Piha beach and Kitekite Falls after Shaun collaborated/confirmed our interests. Both places were well worth the time and were spectacular. I had thought we would go to more places, but it was a full day as it was (it takes awhile to get to the west coast and back), and we had enough time at both places to fully enjoy them. Shaun and his colleague James were both easy going and very knowledgeable about all the plants, especially James who was studying in the field/practice. I had a back injury just before the trip and Shaun was very understanding, patient, gracious and helpful on the hikes which I really appreciated. If we were to be in Auckland again, I would definitely book another excursion with this company, Black Sand Tours.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from ShaunW1276, Front Office Manager at Black Sand Tours
Responded Mar 4, 2020
Thanks so much for the great review... we enjoyed meeting you guys a lot.
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marytheresa55 wrote a review Feb 2020
Princeton, New Jersey16 contributions4 helpful votes
We took this trip while on a cruise around New Zealand. Sean brought us to the west coast where most visitors never go. We were in sea caves that were truly spectacular !! We had a picnic lunch on top of a cliff with the most beautiful view of the sea and waves crashing into the rocks below. A definite highlight. We went for a swim on beaches that were totally empty. Just when we thought we had seen it all, Sean took us to see an incredible waterfall. We were able to swim there and to go behind the falls!! Sean is very personable and he grew up in this area so he knows the top spots to go. So happy we chose to do this day tour, we seen sights we never would have found on our own. Thank you again Sean for making our day with you truly memorable!!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from ShaunW1276, Owner at Black Sand Tours
Responded Feb 2, 2020
Thanks heaps... it was a pleasure. You guys were cool to hang out with...
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Kevin wrote a review Jan 2020
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Shaun took us on a great day trip to Piha and Kitekite Falls, and showed us some beautiful secluded spots only a local would know about. He is really knowledgable about the area, and I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Thank you!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from ShaunW1276, Owner at Black Sand Tours
Responded Jan 26, 2020
Thanks so much.... I really enjoyed meeting you guys too :)
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DRSLB6 wrote a review Jan 2020
Williamsburg, Virginia52 contributions45 helpful votes
Was looking for something fun to do on New Years Eve in Auckland on our first full day in the country and this tour did not disappoint. John gave us personallized attention and seemed to really enjoy his job. From climbing on rocks to going into the freezing water, fun was had by all including our 4 teens. Highly recommend this tour!!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from ShaunW1276, Owner at Black Sand Tours
Responded Jan 26, 2020
Thanks for the great review... :)
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Don J wrote a review Dec 2019
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Julia did an excellent all day tour of North Auckland. We visited the Mantakana winery, Heron’s Flight vineyards (they make great Sangiovese wines), Puhoi Winery and the Brick Bay Winery. We also did the one hour Sculpture Garden walk at Brick Bay and visited a delightful cheese farm. The scenery was spectacular and Julia gave us a charming day adventure.
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