Pou at Mercer Bay Point

There are several Maori carvings (or Pou) that we see on our day tours out to the West Coast. On our coast and rainforest tour we always see at least one. This one is at Mercer Bay which is between Piha beach and Karekare beach. Excavations have shown that this area is one of the […]

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Lion Rock at Piha Beach

Lion Rock is one of Auckland’s best known natural landmarks. It sits on the black sand beach of Piha and was so named by Europeans because looking at it from the South it has the profile of a lion lying down – much like a Sphinx. Māori background Of course the local Māori people of […]

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Rātā in flower

April in the Waitakere ranges means it is time for one of our rātā species to flower. Commonly seen on our nature tours to Piha they are unusual as they usually start off life as an epiphyte (or plant perched on a host tree) high in the forest canopy. Its roots grow down to the ground, […]

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Finalist for the Qualmark 100% Pure New Zealand Experience Awards 2019

Bush and Beach and our Wilderness Experience tour has been selected as a finalist in the Qualmark 100% Pure New Zealand Experience Awards 2019. The Bush and Beach Wilderness Experience tour was selected as a finalist from over 100 registrations that were received for the awards. Qualmark General Manager Gregg Anderson says that the volume […]

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Great summer for West Auckland wineries

Our local winemakers have welcomed the long hot summer in New Zealand. Harvest is now complete at the wineries we visit on our Auckland wine tour and the winemakers are happy with the harvest this summer. All of the wineries we visit in the Kumeu area grow some of their grapes on site in West […]

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Bush and Beach sponsor Muriwai planting day

At Bush and Beach we take our clients to some amazing locations and we like to give back to communities we visit by supporting local environmental initiatives. We were thrilled when we were recently given the chance to help the The Muriwai Environmental Action Community Trust who wanted to plant an area with native flax. Bush and […]

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Bush and Beach join Trip Advisor Hall of Fame

We are proud to say that after achieving the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence every year for the past five years, we have qualified for the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame. We’d like to thank all of the people who have travelled with us over the years on our small group tours and […]

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Bush and Beach achieve Qualmark Gold Sustainable Tourism Business Award

Bush and Beach are proud to have achieved the Qualmark Gold Sustainable Tourism Business Award. We have worked hard on all aspects of the business and this award recognises that. Qualmark assess companies covering all aspects of the business including environmental standards, visitor experience, health and safety and team culture to name a few – you can see […]

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Bush and Beach have achieved carboNZero (Cert TM) certification.

    As part of our ongoing commitment to operating as sustainably as possible Bush and Beach have achieved carboNZero (Cert TM) certification. Bush and Beach worked with Enviro-Mark Solutions to help us accurately measure our greenhouse gas emissions and put in place strategies to manage and reduce our impacts We measured our greenhouse gas […]

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Karekare Beach among the best in the world

Congratulations from Bush and Beach to Karekare Beach for being listed by travel company Passport magazine as being one of the top 25 beaches in the world. We have long known of the beauty of this beach and regularly take tours to this magnificent beach on our coast and rainforest tour The panel of international […]

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