Coromandel Explorer Walk

A walk of untold beauty. Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Coromandel that most people never see.

  • OVERVIEW
  • ITINERARY
  • ACCOMMODATION
  • IMPORTANT INFO

DAYS

4

KM

35 - 45

MILES

21 - 27

DIFFICULTY

4/5

ACCOMMODATION

Lodge

PRICE

$1650

Under 15 yrs 1000 NZD

WALKING SEASON

Oct-Apr

WALKING TOUR 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 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 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; complementary gear hire on request.

“Terrific, competent, knowledgeable and friendly guides.”

“Hard to find fault anywhere from the food, to the accommodation and the excellent and knowledgeable guides.”

A walk of untold beauty. Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Coromandel that most people never see.

DAY 1

Matamata / Rotorua to Coromandel

We’ll collect you from your central Rotorua accommodation at around 8:30am or from your central Matamata accommodation around 9:30am.

First we warm up with a 4km hike to the top of Wairere Falls, an old Maori pack trail leading to the North Island’s highest waterfall, where we can view the verdant Waikato Basin from two lookouts over-hanging 153 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. We arrive in Coromandel Town, a charming seaside settlement rich in pioneering history and a bustling wee village in the summer months. If time allows, we’ll call in at Long Bay Scenic Reserve – this little-known trail circuits a grove of magnificent 330 year old Kauri trees – New Zealand’s very own forest giants that grow up to 50 metres tall.

At last we reach our lovely accommodation where we can watch the sunset from the verandah, graze over a platter of fresh fruits and cheese with a glass of wine or ice-cold brew.

DAY 2

The Legendary Coromandel Coastal Walkway

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

We then head north to the tip of the Coromandel Peninsula to hike one of the best coastal walks in the country. We begin our hike at Stony Bay, a picture-perfect isolated beach flanked by green hills and white sand. This historic trail follows an old bridle path once used by gold miners who populated the Coromandel region in colonial times.

The views from the track of the Pacific Ocean, Great Barrier Island and Mt. Moehau are well worth the climb.

The track passes through farmland and native bush to reach the remote and beautiful Poley Bay – a fantastic beach for a picnic! This stretch of coastline offers all the dramatic views that encapsulate the Coromandel.

DAY 3

The Pinnacles

This morning we head south and 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, colourful cafes, and Kiwi culture.

Tonight we dine in an award-winning local restaurant, where we’ll have a chance to sample some of the region’s best local food and wine.

DAY 4

Epic East Coast

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! (Please note that this walk is dependent on tides)

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 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 do for anyone coming to the Coromandel. Approx. drop-off times: Thames (4pm), Matamata (5pm) or Rotorua (6pm).

For this trip we stay in boutique accommodation set amongst native bush. Rooms are a mixture of standalone cabins or inside the lodge. Ensuite rooms are available and must be booked in advance. Single supplement is also available. We share meals in the covered, heated alfresco (outdoor) kitchen to enjoy the beautiful bush views. All meals, snacks, pre-dinner drinks and nibbles are included, you are welcome to BYO additional alcohol if desired.

We supply

  • Generous, nutritious meals full of fresh, local produce; packed picnic lunches with the best sandwiches you’ve ever eaten, trail snacks & chocolate; fresh fruit, hot & cold drinks
  • One complimentary glass of crisp Kiwi wine or craft beer per person, each evening. Non-alcoholic options are available
  • Bed linen, bath towels, pillows & blankets
  • Toilet paper, soap & hand sanitiser

What else do you need to know?

  • There are no drying rooms available but plenty of wide, covered verandahs for drying wet gear
  • Specialty diets; we can cater for a wide range of food allergies and specialty diets with sufficient advance notice. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have specific dietary needs and we’ll make sure you’re well taken care of!
  • Accommodation is based on a twin-share arrangement; if you’d rather have a private room, a single supplement fee of $200 NZD applies (this is for the whole trip, not $200 each night)
  • Your cabins have power outlets next to all beds so CPAP machines are easily accommodated
  • Sorry, the use of drones is not permitted
  • You are welcome to bring your own alcohol if you wish; we ask that you drink responsibly
  • Non-walkers are more than welcome to join us! There are plenty of activities to be done that don’t involve walking, please enquire with our friendly reservations team for more information

FAQ

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Can Non-Walkers Join This Trip?
If someone in your group is not a keen…
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Do I Need To Bring Cash?
No, cash is not essential, but you’re welcome to…
croppedimage630338-CW-022
Should I Bring Something Nice To Wear In The Evenings?
You’re on holiday after all, so why not!? We…
Walking Legends van on the Coromandel Peninsula
I suffer from terrible car sickness, what will the roads be like?
Good question! In general, the roads we travel are…
croppedimage630338-diana-coastal
Fitness
Moderate fitness is required for the Coromandel Explorer Walk….
WLE Resized_0000s_0009_Hush Cabin - Exterior
Accommodation
We stay in boutique accommodation just outside of Coromandel…
Crackers and Cheese at Hush
Meals
This is a fully catered walk, we’ll take care…
Made It
I’m Travelling Solo – Who Will I Be Sharing a Room With?
The accommodation on our tours is based on twin…
Achievement
How Do I Get Here
The Coromandel Explorer Walk departs Rotorua and Matamata every…
Girls Pinnacles
Specialty Diets – Can You Cater For Me?
Absolutely. We are happy to accommodate guests with specialty…

DAYS

4

KM

35 – 45

MILES

21 – 27

DIFFICULTY

4/5

ACCOMMODATION

Lodge

PRICE

$1650

Under 15 yrs 1000 NZD

WALKING SEASON

Oct-Apr

WALKING TOUR 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 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 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; complementary gear hire on request.

“Terrific, competent, knowledgeable and friendly guides.”

“Hard to find fault anywhere from the food, to the accommodation and the excellent and knowledgeable guides.”

A walk of untold beauty. Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Coromandel that most people never see.

DAY 1

Matamata / Rotorua to Coromandel

We’ll collect you from your central Rotorua accommodation at around 8:30am or from your central Matamata accommodation around 9:30am.

First we warm up with a 4km hike to the top of Wairere Falls, an old Maori pack trail leading to the North Island’s highest waterfall, where we can view the verdant Waikato Basin from two lookouts over-hanging 153 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. We arrive in Coromandel Town, a charming seaside settlement rich in pioneering history and a bustling wee village in the summer months. If time allows, we’ll call in at Long Bay Scenic Reserve – this little-known trail circuits a grove of magnificent 330 year old Kauri trees – New Zealand’s very own forest giants that grow up to 50 metres tall.

At last we reach our lovely accommodation where we can watch the sunset from the verandah, graze over a platter of fresh fruits and cheese with a glass of wine or ice-cold brew.

DAY 2

The Legendary Coromandel Coastal Walkway

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

We then head north to the tip of the Coromandel Peninsula to hike one of the best coastal walks in the country. We begin our hike at Stony Bay, a picture-perfect isolated beach flanked by green hills and white sand. This historic trail follows an old bridle path once used by gold miners who populated the Coromandel region in colonial times.

The views from the track of the Pacific Ocean, Great Barrier Island and Mt. Moehau are well worth the climb.

The track passes through farmland and native bush to reach the remote and beautiful Poley Bay – a fantastic beach for a picnic! This stretch of coastline offers all the dramatic views that encapsulate the Coromandel.

DAY 3

The Pinnacles

This morning we head south and 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, colourful cafes, and Kiwi culture.

Tonight we dine in an award-winning local restaurant, where we’ll have a chance to sample some of the region’s best local food and wine.

DAY 4

Epic East Coast

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! (Please note that this walk is dependent on tides)

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 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 do for anyone coming to the Coromandel. Approx. drop-off times: Thames (4pm), Matamata (5pm) or Rotorua (6pm).

For this trip we stay in boutique accommodation set amongst native bush. Rooms are a mixture of standalone cabins or inside the lodge. Ensuite rooms are available and must be booked in advance. Single supplement is also available. We share meals in the covered, heated alfresco (outdoor) kitchen to enjoy the beautiful bush views. All meals, snacks, pre-dinner drinks and nibbles are included, you are welcome to BYO additional alcohol if desired.

We supply

  • Generous, nutritious meals full of fresh, local produce; packed picnic lunches with the best sandwiches you’ve ever eaten, trail snacks & chocolate; fresh fruit, hot & cold drinks
  • One complimentary glass of crisp Kiwi wine or craft beer per person, each evening. Non-alcoholic options are available
  • Bed linen, bath towels, pillows & blankets
  • Toilet paper, soap & hand sanitiser

What else do you need to know?

  • There are no drying rooms available but plenty of wide, covered verandahs for drying wet gear
  • Specialty diets; we can cater for a wide range of food allergies and specialty diets with sufficient advance notice. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have specific dietary needs and we’ll make sure you’re well taken care of!
  • Accommodation is based on a twin-share arrangement; if you’d rather have a private room, a single supplement fee of $200 NZD applies (this is for the whole trip, not $200 each night)
  • Your cabins have power outlets next to all beds so CPAP machines are easily accommodated
  • Sorry, the use of drones is not permitted
  • You are welcome to bring your own alcohol if you wish; we ask that you drink responsibly
  • Non-walkers are more than welcome to join us! There are plenty of activities to be done that don’t involve walking, please enquire with our friendly reservations team for more information

FAQ

croppedimage630338-NewChumsBeach
Can Non-Walkers Join This Trip?
If someone in your group is not a keen…
croppedimage630338-CW-019
Do I Need To Bring Cash?
No, cash is not essential, but you’re welcome to…
croppedimage630338-CW-022
Should I Bring Something Nice To Wear In The Evenings?
You’re on holiday after all, so why not!? We…
Walking Legends van on the Coromandel Peninsula
I suffer from terrible car sickness, what will the roads be like?
Good question! In general, the roads we travel are…
croppedimage630338-diana-coastal
Fitness
Moderate fitness is required for the Coromandel Explorer Walk….
WLE Resized_0000s_0009_Hush Cabin - Exterior
Accommodation
We stay in boutique accommodation just outside of Coromandel…
Crackers and Cheese at Hush
Meals
This is a fully catered walk, we’ll take care…
Made It
I’m Travelling Solo – Who Will I Be Sharing a Room With?
The accommodation on our tours is based on twin…
Achievement
How Do I Get Here
The Coromandel Explorer Walk departs Rotorua and Matamata every…
Girls Pinnacles
Specialty Diets – Can You Cater For Me?
Absolutely. We are happy to accommodate guests with specialty…

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