Coromandel Explorer Walk
A Unique View Of The Coromandel Peninsula
Enjoy 4 fabulous days on the lush Coromandel Peninsula on the Coromandel Explorer Walk.
Walk through native kauri forests, visit idyllic beaches and bays, see an abandoned gold mine, and enjoy stunning views from The Pinnacles!
This tour offers great walking, great company, and home-made meals at an excellent lodge.
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 2: Coromandel Peninsula (North to Mt Moehau)
This morning, wake to the sound of the birds and enjoy a wonderful continental breakfast on the verandah of your accommodation.
Later we'll drive to the Peninsula's northern tip to walk one of New Zealand's best coastal tracks. There's some climbing involved, rewarded with great views over the Pacific Ocean to Great Barrier Island and sacred, forest-covered Mt Moehau. We'll then continue through farmland and native bush to remote and lovely Stony Bay. All the way, you'll enjoy the great views Coromandel walks are known for.
Later, you'll return to the lodge to relax over dinner and drinks.
Today: the Kauaeranga Valley, east of Thames, which follows the Kauaeranga River. The valley is home to the Pinnacles range (759 m). The entire Peninsula was once a chain of volcanic cones. These have eroded to form the spectacular outcrops present now. Miners and loggers made the tracks you will walk on today, to create a path for supplies to be brought via horseback.
Day 3: Kauaeranga Valley
We'll climb The Pinnacles trail through regenerating kauri past a well-preserved kauri dam. Near the top of the range: The Pinnacles Hut. At the crest: an amazing panoramic 360° view of the whole peninsula and beyond.
We'll celebrate our day's walking with a fabulous meal at one of the Coromandel's great restaurants.
This morning we visit one of the top twenty beaches in the world, New Chums Beach. An unforgettable white sand, crescent moon-shaped beach, fringed by pohutukawa and nikau palms. Finding a secluded beach with no signs of man is an experience not to be missed.
Day 4: Coromandel Peninsula to Rotorua
We head into the laid-back coastal town of Whitianga to catch a short ferry across the harbour and walk towards Shakespeare’s Cliff, which overlooks the beach where Captain Cook first set foot on New Zealand shores. Enjoy amazing views over Mercury Bay and Cooks Beach.
We’ll stop for a picnic lunch above the spectacular Cathedral Cove, before walking down to the amazing natural archway, a must visit for anyone coming to the Coromandel.
We’ll drop you off in Matamata or Rotorua relaxed and refreshed, with some fantastic memories!
**This tour is run in conjunction with another operator.
Dates For this Summer-last few spaces
Please enquire for next summer
- March: 13, 20
- April: 3, 17
- May: 1