Coromandel Coastal Walkway

The ten kilometre Coromandel Coastal Walkway is graded an 'easy walking' track by Dept of Conservation and takes approximately four hours to complete.  The route travels along a well formed bridle path once used by generations from days gone-by.  Inaccessible by vehicles, this is the only way to link east with west, around the tip of the Northern Coromandel Peninsula.  The surface and terrain of the Walkway are such that both young and old alike can enjoy our hidden gem.

Coastal Walkway Map

Travelling with Coromandel Discovery allows you to access a remote part of the country where many rental vehicles are forbidden.  Enjoy our interactive and personable commentary which includes a tapestry of maori legends, colonial history, local gossip and ecological restoration.  Visit isolated villages as we traverse the Coromandel and Moehau Ranges with outstanding sea views along the way.  The photo opportunities are endless.

Your self-guided, Coastal Walkway hike begins from Stony Bay around 11 a.m., with a gradual climb through pristine native bush with glimpses of the remote and rugged coastline.  Pause for lunch, soak up the scenery and birdsong before you conquer the steeper section in and out of Poley Bay.  Wind your way down through an impressive sheep and beef farm with spectacular views to Sugarloaf, Great Barrier Island and Beyond.

Rejoin the minibus at Fletcher Bay as we travel to Port Jackson to enjoy refreshments and chocolate brownie or perhaps even a swim in the sea. Keen walkers may choose to add the cliff top Muriwai Walk to their day with its stunning views over the lively Colville Channel (can sometimes be tide and weather dependant and takes about one hour).

The homeward journey travels beside the island studded Hauraki Gulf with the backdrop of Mount Moehau towering above.  Dolphins and orca can sometimes be seen just metres from the pohutukawa lined shores.  Abundant shorebirds laze along the inner harbour as we pass through the iconic town of Colville.  Your day concludes in Coromandel Town allowing plenty of time to dine out at one of town's delicious restaurants and reflect on a day to remember.

Price:

  • Adults: 16yrs+ $140.00.  Children: 10-15yrs $95.
  • Minimum two passengers required.
  • Credit Card fee applies of 2.8%.

Special Notes:

  • Starts and Finishes: 105 Wharf Road, Coromandel Town 8.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. approx. Check-in from 8.15 a.m.
  • Please bring sturdy walking shoes, lunch, snacks, water, sun protection, insect repellent, swimsuit and towel.  Our weather can be changeable so it is also advisable to carry a warm layer and a rain jacket.  Topup water supplies available in the van. Oh and don't forget your camera.
  • We advise our travellers to stay in Coromandel the night before and after the tour.  This is a full day and can be tiring if additional travel is required to and from accommodation located out of town.  It may be helpful with your planning to know Whitianga and Thames are approximately an hour's drive away from Coromandel Town.
  • The steeper section of approximately 600 metres, down and out of Poley Bay is a challenge for some of our hikers.   We can discuss this with you if you would like further clarification.
  • Please advise in advance if you have any food allergies.

We often receive inquiries requesting "just a shuttle". Travel time for the day totals approx four hours while the Walkway can also take four hours. We always incorporate a few comfort stops throughout the day to ensure our travellers arrive safe and refreshed as the roads are slow, narrow, gravelly and winding. Taking in the Muriwai Walk, a swim on the beach and coffee and cake are all an added bonus, and we'll even throw our commentary in for free!

Please contact us for bookings and for:-

  • a copy of our detailed itinerary.
  • Papa Aroha and Colville pickups to join the tour at Coromandel.
  • bike options through our sister company Bush e Bikes.

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Coromandel Coastal Connection - Flexible Drive, Hike & Bike Package

Coastal Walkway Map

Two Days/One Night - Inland trails, coastal roads and our hidden gem, the Coromandel Coastal Walkway.

It's time we created something for everyone! Ideal for couples, team building, social clubs or like minded groups looking for adventure.

Day One With Options: Jump on the Coromandel Discovery minivan as we drive up the unexplored eastern Coromandel Peninsula with its contrasting coastlines and isolated villages.  Set off on your self guided Coromandel Coastal Walkway hike or bike from Stony Bay, a 10 kilometre scenic journey that travels an old bridle path once used by early Maori and European Settlers.  Enjoy lunch at the Lookout with its spectacular views to Great Barrier Island and Beyond. Pass through a large coastal sheep and beef station at the tip of the Peninsula with its own private bays and beaches.

The second part of the day has two options-

  • Cycle the 35 kilometre section around the top of Cape Colville and down along the pohutakawa lined coast road beside the Hauraki Gulf; or
  • you may prefer to stay on the minibus and we will drive you via the same route to your Colville accommodation.

Regroup at Colville at your night's accommodation, Colville Bay Motel.

Day Two: The last part of the journey also comes with two options.  Either a 26 kilometre tarsealed section along Colville Road with its secluded beaches and beautiful sea views or ride the Tokatea Trail along the ridgeline through remote farmland, pine forest and native bush.  The views are amazing!

NZ$399 per person (two person minimum). Price includes:-

  • Minivan tour to the start of the Coromandel Coastal Walkway.  You may choose to hike or bike the Coastal Walkway - please discuss.
  • One night's share twin accommodation.  Two person minimum applies.
  • Two day's hire of a quality european Gepida electric mountainbike from our sistership, Bush e Bikes.
  • Bike accessories e.g. helmet, pannier, maps, hi vis, bike lock.
  • Bike transport all taken care of. And yes, please contact us if you prefer to bring your own bike or hire a standard mountainbike.
  • All your gear delivered to your accommodation.

Meals are as follows:-

Day One: Please bring a packed lunched and water for the Walkway.  This can be purchased in Coromandel only a short distance from our base. Dinner and dessert included with options available at time of booking.

Day Two: Continental Breakfast with fruit, yoghurt and toast provided to your motel unit.  Lunch can be purchased from Colville before departure.

Bike Experience/Fitness Level: We would recommend this self guided tour is suitable for intermediate cyclists with average fitness.  Off road riding experience essential. There is a steep 300 metre section in and out of Poley Bay and other small areas that require dismount and bike portage.

Please contact us for a detailed itinerary.  Flexible options also available to tailor a package to suit you.  Available 29th September 2019 to 24th December 2019 and 1st February 2020 to 5th April 2020.

Merchant fee applies of 2.8% to all credit card transactions.

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Muriwai Walk Tour Overview

Muriwai Walkway Tour Map
  • On a tighter time frame perhaps but still keen to explore the Northern Coromandel?
  • Rental vehicle unable to travel on the gravelly roads north of Colville?
  • Arriving on the ferry, staying a couple of days and looking for something to do?

Consider the Muriwai Walk at Port Jackson, with its stunning views over the lively Colville Channel to Great Barrier and Beyond. Three kilometres of formed walk along a stunning ridge line that is certainly worth seeing. Pass by the former location of Wharekaiatua Pa and out along the glorious Port Jackson beach. Enjoy a picnic on the beach or perhaps venture in for a refreshing swim.

This six hour tour departs from Coromandel Town at 11.30 a.m. and travels along the western, coastal route beside the island studded Hauraki Gulf.  Explore the iconic village of Colville with its historic General Store, Art Galleries, Cafe and unique Himalaya Shop (some seasonal hours may apply).

Your guide will provide you with an informative commentary on the history, geology and ecology of the area, plus Maori legends and local gossip.

The Tour returns over the same route arriving in Coromandel Town between 5-6pm.  This allows you ample time to dine at one of town's delicious restaurants.

Price:

  • Adults: 16yrs+ $99 per person.
  • Minimum two passengers required.
  • Children: 7-15yrs $59.
  • Credit Card fee applies of 2.8%.
  • Bring with you your swimsuit and towel, insect repellent, sunscreen, sunhat, warm clothes, walking shoes and your camera.
  • Lunch and snacks available from Colville.
  • Departs 11.30 a.m. Returns 5-6 p.m.  Bookings essential.
  • This walk can at times be weather and tide dependant.
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Scenic Bus Tour Overview

Are you wanting to take a tour of the Complete Northern Coromandel without a hike on the Coromandel Coastal Walkway?  Stay on the minibus for the drive from Coromandel Town and enjoy the scenery if you would rather not walk.  Experience Stony Bay, Port Jackson and Fletcher Bay at your leisure, maybe a short walk, a swim or read a book.  Your informative day tour starts at 8.30 am from our base in Coromandel Town and returns between 5-6pm.

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Private Charters

Contact us for your transport requirements:-

  • Wedding parties
  • Fisherfolk
  • Corporate Groups
  • Team Building Events
  • Family Reunions
  • Outings to Colville or Tangiaro Lodge
  • Sports Events
  • Concerts out of town
  • Garden Groups
  • Art Gallery Tours
  • Coromandel Scallop Festival
  • Fullers 360 Ferry cancellations ex Auckland and Coromandel.

Experience the magnificence of Cathedral Cove with its endless photo opportunities and isolated beaches. Admire the pristine waters of Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve just nearby. Dig your own thermal spa at Hotwater Beach and enjoy the bubbling warmth (approx. 64 degrees) sought after by many a traveller gone before you.  Talk to us about a private charter to this super popular destination.

Only have around three hours to spare?............ Let us take you from Coromandel Town to New Chums Beach.  It is a magnificent piece of coastline with its golden sands and Pohutukawa lined beach. It is a jewel in New Zealand’s crown with no road access, housing or infrastructure. The time allowance includes a 1.5km walk graded “easy” over to the secluded New Chum’s Beach.

We can help you get around the Coromandel Open Art Studios in October or even a quick trip out to the Fullers 360 Ferry if you missed the bus. Transport also available to Auckland Airport subject to availability.

Please contact us for private charter bookings.

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Bike Transport – Hike or Bike Options – Bike Hire from Bush e Bikes

Anything By Bike, then talk to us.  Discover the real Coromandel at your leisure.

Need a lift with your bike from Hannafords Wharf into Coromandel Town or vice versa.  Please contact us to assist as the Fullers 360 Ferry Shuttle does not transport bikes despite them being allowed on the Fullers 360 Ferry itself.

Perhaps bike to New Chums Beach over the Forestry Road via Castle Rock and we will shuttle you back over that beastly steep Whangapoua hill!

We have both a covered trailer (12 bikes) and uncovered trailer (6 bikes) to cater for your bike transport needs.

This is a new, flexible option, so please contact us and let’s see how we can help you. Our goal is to support our customers to ensure they get the best Coromandel experience.

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R Whalley, Lenscraft Photography Oct 2018