If you’re visiting Auckland and haven’t yet checked out the West Coast, then Habitat Tours can take you on the ultimate introduction of the Waitakere Ranges. Highlighting 3 diverse destinations, there is something for everyone. Each tour provides an educational of NZ’s native flora and fauna.
First Stop: Muriwai Gannet Colony
The west coast is just a 50 minute drive from Auckland’s CBD. On arrival at Muriwai, you’ll see endless sets of waves roll in over the popular surf beach, as well as large amounts of birds soaring over head. This is due to the now famous Gannet Colony that claims the impressive cliff edge between August and March each year. You can get right up close and even observe one parent sitting patiently on the egg, while the other hunts for food before strategically flying back into the cramped nesting grounds to provide a meal.
Third Stop: Te Henga (Bethells Beach) & Lake Wainamu
Bethells Beach has been internationally recognised after being featured in several films, TV shows and music videos. Like the rest of the west coast, Bethells beach is a prime example of Auckland’s volcanic black sand. Habitat guides you behind the beach and up and over the tremendous sand dunes to Lake Wainamu. Steep banks of sand meet the lake in a golden ratio like manner. In the summer young people flock here to ride boogie boards down the banks and into the refreshing waters for an adrenaline rush.
Habitat Tours are a friendly bunch, and after the perfect combination of adventure and education, you aren’t going to leave disappointed. Not to mention the herbal tea and beautiful homemade lunch (derived from local produce) that is provided throughout the day. They also offer a northern tour to Tawharanui, where you will be guided through a nocturnal experience. Here, the chances are likely you’ll be able to spot a rare national treasure, the Kiwi, with your very own eyes!
For more information and booking options, please see: http://www.habitattours.co.nz/