Coromandel Off The Beaten Path

  • Gold Mine History
    Gold Mine History
    by vtveen
  • View from Paku Hill to Pauanui and Tairua River.
    View from Paku Hill to Pauanui and...
    by Kakapo2
  • A scenic delight
    A scenic delight
    by iandsmith

Coromandel Off The Beaten Path

  • Highway 309

    During our trip up the Coromandel Pennisula, we went from the town of Coromandel to Mill Creek via highway 309. This is definitely not the most common road to take from the top of the pennisula back down to the bottom, but it did make for a scenic view.Highway 309 has Castle Rock, Waiau Waterworks and Waiau Falls as its main sites, but I was also...

  • Kauaeranga Valley: hidden treasure

    On SH 25,a couple of km's south of Thames, turn of to the left and you are on the Kauaeranga road. It brings you through typical Coromandel scenery: green native forest, tree ferns, a small river with a very old suspension bridge (take care), several fords, all surrounded by high hills.In the DOC Visitor Centre you can get information and a map...

  • Road 309: 25 km's with 487 curves

    First check your car rental agreement, because some companies don't allow you to drive the '309'. This gravel road connects Coromandel Town with Whitianga across the peninsula. There are a couple of car parks, which allow visitors to make short walks in the bush. One track leads to the Waiau Falls, another will bring you to the kauri grove with...

  • More on the 309

    Of course, the 309 offer more than just a waterfalls. Why, just next door there's a waterworks (pic 3) - complete with massive spider (pic 4). To quote from their blurb:"Waiau Waterworks was created for you to explore, Meet our Cyclist pedalling eternally on the lake, Ride a bicycle that pumps water, Discover waterwheels, machines and different...

  • On the 309

    I was apprehensive. People had turned up their faces when I mentioned the possibility of driving the 309, the almost forgotten short road to Coromandel. Having taken the winding, interminably long main road 25 to get there, I figured the return journey was going to be on a different route.I need not have worried. Though it's dirt, something that...

  • Enjoy the Magic of Tairua (Coromandel)

    Sitting on the summit of Paku Hill is like looking over an endless stretch of paradise. This camel shaped hill in Tairua on the Coromandel is surrounded by the sea on three sides, so it forms its own little peninsula. You get there by a short drive from the township of Tairua, and from a little carpark it is only a steep 10 to 15 minutes walk. The...

  • Tairua – Paku Hill

    Tairua is a small village on the east side of Coromandel with a lovely beach, a lot of accommodation and restaurants. It is located rather close to other sights on Coromandel.Very easy accessible from Tairua along Paku Drive is Paku Hill, an old volcanic cone and long time ago an island. From the car park at the end of the road is a steep climb of...

  • Thames

    Coming from Auckland (as most visitors will do) Thames is the first town on the Coromandel Peninsula. It is also the ‘capital’ and the main shopping centre. The town has an interesting main street with some old buildings. The city has a ‘gold history’ after gold was discovered in the year of 1867. Nowadays the Goldmine Experience is the number one...

  • Hahei Beach

    Hahei is a small settlement a couple of km's from highway 25 between Whitianga and Tairua; just turn off at Whenuakite. The village has some accommodations, a camping, a shop and a café.We liked the beach at Hahei very much. It is such a beauty with crystal clear water, more or less pink sand, fantastic views over the Pacific Ocean and a whole...

  • The Alderman Islands

    The Alderman Islands are an uninhabited group of tiny islands about 25km off the East Coast of the Coromandel. They are now a wildlife reserve, and are only accessable by boat. The waters around them are deep and clear, and a popular spot for fishing trips (the waters do not form a marine reserve). Watch for dolphins, whales and orcas - you never...

  • Picnic on the Coromandel Pennisula

    If you are headed up to Coromandel, make sure you pack a little picnic, and enjoy the view!On several of the different turnouts, we saw campervans enjoying the wonderful view and grass knolls for a little picnicking!There was a stunning view of the firth, matched with the farming and livestock of New Zealand all wrapped into a beautiful package!

  • Bush trek to the Pinnacles.

    The Pinnacles is a very popular and interesting bush trek on the Coromandel Peninsular. You can stay overnight or make a day trip of it and return in one day.I have written a more detailed account of this trek, here.There is a fine and well equipped trampers hut near the base of the Pinnacles where you can overnight. You will need sleeping bag and...

  • Opoutere - lovely beach

    Driving on SH25 take the Opoutere turnoff (between Whangamata and Hikuai), after a couple of km's there is a car park. From the car park follow the track over the bridge and through a nice smelling pine forest. Suddenly you will stand on the dunes and reach a splendid beach: so quiet, so remote and with almost white sand.Stroll along the water line...

  • Visit Onemana to see the birds

    Onemana has some interesting birds nesting, during the summer. Variable Oystercatchers and the New Zealand Dotterel were nesting on the beach when we visited in January. DOC staff fence off the areas, as these birds are threatened by extinction, so the successful nesting is needed for their survival.

  • Visit Cooks Beach

    Between Tairua and Whitianga, turn off and go visit Cooks Beach. Drive around towards the wharf and climb Shakespeare's Cliff Scenic Reserve to look back at the beach. This photo was taken by my son, from that Cliff.


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