Whatipu & Karamatura Falls

This is our recommended tour for the best balance of forest and beach in the Auckland region!

Tour Description & Details

A quick trip from the city will put you in the heart of the unspoiled New Zealand rainforest where our first stop will be a great bush walk following an ancient tram route to the picturesque Karamatura Falls. This route was used by Kauri loggers for moving felled trees to the road for transport down to Whatipu harbour.

Following the same trade route, your guide will take you through pristine forests to the tiny settlement of Whatipu. Following a well-marked track along the base of the sea cliffs, we wind our way around and past undisturbed coastal wetlands until we come to a series of ancient sea caves formed by wave action millions of years ago. Some of these caves are huge and have an interesting and colourful history that we’ll tell you all about when we get there!

After visiting and going into some caves, we take a short walk down to the black sand beach at Whatipu to investigate what is left of the old kauri rail head and harbour facility that was used many years ago to move the felled kauri by sailing ship to overseas markets.

Please note there will be a fair bit of walking on this tour so it is unsuitable for very small children, elderly, infirm or otherwise unfit adults.

Tour Time: 9am – 5pm
Tour includes:
  • Forest walks to waterfall
  • Black sand beach
  • Ancient sea caves
  • Packed lunch*
  • Pick up and drop from inner city
  • Minimum 2 adults on this tour

Adult: $190
Child 5 to 11 years: $80
Tour lasts for: 8 hours
Leave city at: 9am
Finish at: 5pm approx.

*  Please advise us before the tour if you have any specific dietary requirements.

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