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Coromandel Explorer Walk     ( (j F, Y) )

"I was travelling on my own but felt very well included, very well looked after."
"I was travelling on my own but felt very well included, very well looked after."
'We were impressed with every level of this trip.'
"Great itinerary, perfectly executed and great staff!"
"Great itinerary, perfectly executed and great staff!"
"Fantastic trip; great walks, enjoyed seeing parts of NZ we hadn
"Fantastic trip; great walks, enjoyed seeing parts of NZ we hadn't seen."
"Thank you for a terrific experience, one of the best things I
"Thank you for a terrific experience, one of the best things I've done in my life!"
"The little treats were such a great touch to the whole experience!"
"The little treats were such a great touch to the whole experience!"
"One of my best experiences in New Zealand!"
"One of my best experiences in New Zealand!"
"Excellent accommodation and food."
"Excellent accommodation and food."
'This was our second trip with Walking Legends and we weren't disappointed.'
"Loved it! Especially changing on the fly to suit the weather."
"Loved it! Especially changing on the fly to suit the weather."
"Every interaction with you folk was great."
"Every interaction with you folk was great."
"Itinerary, accommodation, meals and hosts are all amazing!"
"Itinerary, accommodation, meals and hosts are all amazing!"
"Excellent small-company operation with lots of personal touches & friendly guides"
"Excellent small-company operation with lots of personal touches & friendly guides"
'Great all round experience from start to finish!'
'I loved being able to walk at my own pace.'
'My best guided walking tour ever.'
'Some of the best scenery in New Zealand.'
4 Days
35 - 45km
(21 - 27 miles)
Depart Matamata or Rotorua
NZD$1000 per child
(15 years and under)

Coromandel Explorer Walk Summary

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 hikesJagged 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 a boutique lodge.

  • 4 days / 3 nights New Zealand walking tour
  • 4-7 hours hiking each day over varied terrain
  • Carry a day pack only
  • Includes: cooked or continental breakfasts; generous packed trail lunches, snacks & hot drinks; delicious 2-course dinners with NZ wine or beer, including a meal at an award-winning local  restaurant; return transfers from Rotorua or Matamata; 3-star boutique lodge accommodation with ensuites; Whitianga ferry-boat ride; enthusiastic and experienced guides; complimentary gear hire on request. 

Coromandel Explorer Full Itinerary

Day One: Coromandel Walks

Day Two: The Coastal Walkway

Day Three: The Pinnacles

Day Four: Eastern Epic

Questions & Answers


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 a choice of shared or ensuite 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.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

Yes - we take a $300 deposit, per person, per walk at the time of booking. The remaining balance is due 1 month before departure, we'll send you a friendly reminder in advance! 

Credit cards and I do not get along. Can I pay by other means?

Absolutely, we also accept payment via online banking. When you book you will receive a booking confirmation email that contains our direct debit information. 

Life has other plans for me - I need to cancel my holiday! Can I get my deposit back?

We completely understand that sometimes the best laid plans go to waste. All is not lost! We can simply transfer you to another date of your choosing. There is no expiry date on transferring your deposit - you can use it anytime in the future! 

If transferring just isn't going to work for you we'll refund your money. The amount we can refund is determined by when you cancel your booking. Click here for our full terms and conditions, or email

Should I bring cash with me on the tour?

It's not essential, but it's a good alternative for when the electronic payment (EFTPOS) system we use in New Zealand is not working.

Our tours are all-inclusive and we'll take really good care of you but you may wish to treat yourself to an extra coffee or a real fruit ice cream when the opportunity arises! It's good to have a small amount of cash in your pocket to take care of this. 

We offer a glass of wine or beer with dinner. Additional drinks can be purchased on all our tours, with the exception of the Lake Waikaremoana Guided Walk. 


Can I bring a suitcase?

Yes, we are suitcase-friendly! On our lodge-based tours (Coromandel Explorer, Great Barrier Island Escape, Tongariro Hiking Tour, Waikaremoana Discovery Tour) we stay in the same lodge each night so there’s no stressful re-packing each morning. All you need is a small backpack while you’re on the trail, so pop one of those in your suitcase and you’ll be all set!


I'm driving myself to the departure point, where can I park my car?

For the Coromandel Explorer we pick up in the following locations; Matamata or Rotorua. If you are self-driving, it's best to choose accommodation in Matamata or Rotorua that is happy for you to leave your car in their parking lot while you are out on the trail with us. We will happily drop you back to your car when we return. If you're taking a different route please check with our reservations team - we will help you find the best solution. Just send an email to

I suffer from terrible car sickness, what are the roads like?

Good question! In general, the roads we travel are well-maintained, bitumen-surfaced single carriageways. 

Sections of road on the Coromandel Peninsula can be curvy, but the road surface is smooth and well-maintained. Only short sections are loose gravel. If you prefer to sit in the front seat to help your car sickness, please do tell your guide! We will do whatever we can to make you more comfortable.

If you suffer from car sickness, please equip yourself with whatever remedies you prefer to use to alleviate the discomfort. The best time to purchase medicinal supplies is the day before we leave. 




I am travelling alone, who will I be sharing a room with?

The accommodation on our tours is based on twin share. If you'd prefer to have your own room, please select the single supplement option in the online booking form. This will ensure you have a room to yourself. If you're happy to share, you will be placed in a twin room with another adventure-buddy of the same gender, in separate beds.

Will I need something nice to wear in the evenings?

You’re on holiday after all, so why not!? Our lodge-based tours visit a local restaurant for an evening meal on one of the three nights, so it’s a good idea to have something nice to wear out to dinner. They’re not super formal occasions, so you could say the dress code is smart casual. Gents – no ties or dinner jackets required, but covered shoes are a good idea. Ladies – comfortable footwear and covered shoulders are advisable, but not enforced. 

Evening meals on the Coromandel Explorer are served in a fully covered, semi-enclosed alfresco dining space. There are outdoor heaters, soft lighting, comfortable seats and full height rain screens but if we encounter windy weather, it’s best to bring an extra layer to wear to dinner.


I have a specialty diet - can you cater for me?

Absolutely. We are happy to accommodate guests with specialty diets, we appreciate as much advance notice as possible. If we don't receive adequate advanced notice, we may not be able to fully cater for dietary needs as we sometimes operate in an extremely isolated environment and it is not always possible to access specialty foods. Please ensure you advise us as early as possible if you have dietary requirements.

Can non-walkers join this trip?

If someone in your group is not a keen walker they can still join us! During the day non-walkers can spend time relaxing at the Lodge, maybe take a fishing trip, check out the local artisan crafts, or relax on a beach and meet up with the rest of your group in the evenings. Please contact us for more details about this option.

Talk to Cathy

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