The 309 Road, Coromandel

(3.6/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
Head down The 309 Road for a representative trip through Coromandel Peninsula's diverse natural landscape. The winding gravel road provides ample photographic opportunities, walks, a stop at Waiau Falls, and special sightings of the area's natural inhabitants. Chief among the attractions along the 22 km (14 mi) road is the grove of 600-year-old kauri trees, standing tall, wide, and proud against the remoteness of the area. Make sure to wash the soles of your shoes before approaching them: the endangered trees can become diseased when met with non-native pests. Take extra precautions when driving, as the winding road has no safety barriers, making it potentially dangerous--particularly for those unfamiliar with the route. To visit The 309 Road and other attractions in Coromandel, use our Coromandel trip itinerary planner.
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  • Loved driving along this quirky road. One main reason for me was I was told about the Pigs Owned by a guy called Stuart. Off we went, yep they were there and didn't disappoint. I took bread and we wer...  more »
  • Yes this is a twisty drive, but it is 10 k shorter than main route. Go slow and enjoy the scenery, water falls , huge kauri trees and pig farm with lots of piglets running around...plus lots more enjo...  more »
  • We took this drive starting on the Whitianga side. We drove directly through to Castle Rock trailhead. This was an amazing hike and only took us about 30 minutes to the top. It did have a lot of eleva...  more »