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Walking Legends Coromandel Peninsula
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Coromandel Explorer Walk
 
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Overview

Come and experience the breathtaking beauty of the Coromandel that most people never see!

The Coromandel Explorer Walk is a fabulous combination of the best Coromandel hikes. Jagged mountain peaks, stunning coastal views, waterfalls, abandoned gold mines and glistening white sand beaches make this a uniquely Kiwi walking holiday. Hike “The Pinnacles” and the Coastal Walkway with a small group, staying in boutique cabins.

  • 4 days / 3 nights New Zealand walking tour
  • 4-7 hours hiking each day over varied terrain
  • Carry a day pack only
  • Includes: all meals (except 1 restaurant dinner on night 3); wine or beer;
  • return Rotorua or Matamata transport;
  • 3-4 star cabin/lodge accommodation;
  • Whitianga ferry-boat ride;
  • enthusiastic and experienced guide
  • Moderate fitness

Itinerary

Day One: Coromandel Walks

3-4 hours walking (Lunch, Dinner)

We'll pick you up from Rotorua at approx. 8:30am, or Matamata at 9:30am. Warm up with a 4km hike to the top of Wairere Falls, and view the verdant Waikato basin from two lookouts over hanging 90 metres of thunderous waterfall.

As we continue north, enjoy views out over the mussel farms of the Hauraki Gulf from one of New Zealand’s classic coastal drives, the Coromandel west coast. Make a brief stop at Waiomu for refreshments before exploring the Waiomu Kauri Grove - this little known trail heads deep into a protected ecological reserve scattered with majestic Kauri trees – New Zealand’s very own forest giants that grow up to 50 metres tall. Drive further up the Coromandel Peninsula in the late afternoon to reach your lovely accommodation, and watch the sunset from the verandah with a glass of wine or ice cold brew.

Day Two: The Coastal Walkway

6 hours walking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Relish a delicious breakfast in the alfresco dining area of the lodge, surrounded by native bush and birdsong.

Head north to the tip of the Coromandel Peninsula to hike one of the best coastal walks in the country. The views from the track of the Pacific Ocean, Great Barrier Island and Mt. Moehau are well worth the climb. Beginning at Stony Bay, the track passes through native bush and onto coastal cliffs, stopping for lunch at the remote and beautiful Poley Bay. This stretch of coastline offers all the dramatic views that encapsulate the Coromandel.

Return to the lodge for another relaxing dinner and drinks

Day Three: The Pinnacles

5-7 hours walking (Breakfast, Lunch)

Enter the hidden world of the Kauaeranga Valley, home to the majestic Pinnacles range. The entire length of the Coromandel Peninsula was once a chain of volcanic cones. This chain has since been eroded and weathered to form the spectacular series of outcrops you see today.

The Pinnacles trail climbs through re-generating kauri forest, passing one of NZ’s best preserved kauri dams, eventually cresting the top of the range to reach the Pinnacles Hut. From the hut, a scramble to the top of the Pinnacles rock formation rewards you with 360° views of the entire Coromandel Peninsula and beyond.

If the Pinnacles isn't your style and you would prefer a more relaxing day you have the option of staying in and exploring Coromandel Township. Highlights include the Driving Creek Railway, local artisan workshops, short walks, cafes, and colourful Coromandel culture. Take the time to relax in paradise.

A fabulous day is topped off with a celebratory meal at one of Coromandel town’s award-winning restaurants.

Day Four: Eastern Epic

2-4 hours walking (Breakfast, Lunch)

Travel east around the Peninsula towards Whitianga. Hike to the golden sand beaches and azure green waters of one of the top 20 best beaches in the world, New Chums Beach. Relax and absorb the natural beauty amidst the bird and marine life that thrives within this precious ecosystem.

Enjoy a short, scenic ferry ride across the Whitianga harbour and a relaxing stroll up to Shakespeares Cliff overlooking Mercury Bay and the beach where Cook first set foot on kiwi soil. Stop for a refreshing lunch looking out over the marine reserve and take the well-graded track down to the iconic Cathedral Cove, a natural volcanic archway - a must-see of the Coromandel! Complete the loop of the Peninsula, and return to Rotorua by 6pm.

Details

Moderate fitness is required for the Coromandel Explorer Walk. The walking trails are of moderate difficulty, with some sections rated as hard (such as the final climb to the top of the Pinnacles, which is optional). The trails range from well-formed paths to tracks broken with tree roots, rocks, mud and small stream crossings. Some of the walks can be varied slightly to provide easier options. Walking times vary between 3 to 7 hours per day. You will need to carry a daypack with your lunch, water, raincoat and jersey.
   
We stay in boutique accommodation just outside of Coromandel township with lovely bush views and delightful alfresco dining areas. Twin, double and triple studio cabins with shared bathrooms. Single supplement is an extra $200 per person. Ensuites are available for an extra $120 per room (subject to availability). Twin configuration consists of a queen bed below and a single bunk bed above.
   
The Coromandel Explorer Walk departs Rotorua and Matamata every second Monday, from late October to April. Check out our Walk Calendar. If none of these dates suit please contact us, we may be able to add more departures, and offer exclusive trips for groups. This trip is also available in winter on demand, please contact us for details.
 

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