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“Average but could have been excellent”
Review of Bush and Beach

Bush and Beach
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Waitakere Ranges Wilderness Experience Eco-Tour from Auckland
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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, Hobbiton and Waitomo area. 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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“Average but could have been excellent”
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
Thank Phil R
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Boulder, Colorado
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“Coast and Rainforest Tour”
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
Thank MaryLuhring
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Seattle, Washington
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“Rotorua, Waitomo day trip - great tour but cheaper elsewhere”
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
Thank Kiran N
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Yokohama, Japan
2 reviews
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“An Unforgettable Afternoon”
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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Sacramento, California
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“Wilderness Experience is a Must Do”
Reviewed February 26, 2014

We joined Bush and Beach for the Wilderness Experience. It was a great day with our guides Wayne and Leonie. We had a regular United Nations on the bus with people from US, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Romania, Russia, and Ireland. The rainforest walk was the highlight for us with Wayne explaining the flora and fauna. We were a little concerned about lunch because the trip departs Auckland around noon. No worries though, all Wilderness Experience tours stop for meat pies (buy your own) and then eat on the bus. The pies were great. I think the guides must all go to comedy school as the other Trip Advisor commenters have noted that the humor flows freely on the trip. Well done Bush and Beach. They also provide tea and cookies around 3 PM.

Visited February 2014
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KrystleBT, Front Office Manager at Bush and Beach, responded to this review, April 14, 2014
Thank you for your great review!

The Wilderness Experience is a great afternoon out and having a meat pie from a local bakery is definitely one of the highlights for many people. They are delicious!

The guides have a great knowledge of the local flora and fauna and are very talented at making the delivery of this knowledge entertaining!

We look forward to seeing you again maybe next time you are in Auckland.
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