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Auckland's West Coast

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 1 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): New Zealand  
Specialty Categories: Sightseeing   Food & Wine  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 225 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1455 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)

Available as either a half or full day tour. From the point of departure, we travel via the North Western Motorway to Henderson onto Forrest Hill Road which joins Scenic Drive - the main route through the Waitakere Ranges. After stopping for refreshments at the Elevations Café, near the summit of the Waitakere Ranges, which offers spectacular views back to the city of Auckland, we descend into the rural village of Kumeu. Joining State Highway 16 we head north to Waimauku to Muriwai Beach and the Gannet Colony. Walking up a track to the viewing platforms we are provided with spectacular views of the worlds most aero dynamic seabird.

Note: The best time to visit the gannet colony is during the breeding season, which runs from October – April when the gannets start to leave the sanctuary. Taken as an afternoon tour during late autumn, weather permitting, the setting sun provides a magnificient backdrop when viewed from one of the viewing platforms.

After leaving Muriwai, we return to Stateway Highway 16, and head back to Auckland. Time permitting, there is also the option for wine tasting at a premium vineyard enroute. To extend this tour to a full day enjoy lunch at The Hunting Lodge after departing Kumeu. The Hunting Lodge is a delightful 130 year old colonial cottage set amidst gardens and vineyards, overlooking the beautiful Waikoukou Valley. Your next destination is to the gannet colony as described above and then finally arrive at Herald Island for a twilight cruise on the 1936 Lady Gay in the upper reaches of Auckland Harbour. Spend this one hour cruise soaking in the scenery accompanied with champagne and canapés to conclude your day. Tour maybe run in reverse, depending on tides. Suitable for pre and post ship cruises.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Full day tour includes lunch, wine and canapes during twight cruise.

Supplier Information
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Location: New Zealand
Joined InfoHub: Aug 2006
Client Request Served: 58

Our company is an internationally recognized tour operator and guide. We have spent over 10 years escorting VIP visitors to New Zealand shores and has received a number of professional accolades for his expertise and care. From APEC officials to film and sport stars, Guy's unobtrusive, friendly manner ensures his...

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