The 309 Road, Coromandel

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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 on your holiday in Coromandel, and find out what else Coromandel has to offer, use our Coromandel vacation builder website .
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  • This road is really terrifying to drive but has some breathtaking attractions on it. Stu's Wild Pig farm is a fun, quick stop that takes 15 mins or less. Good for families. Castle rock was my favorite...  more »
  • Coming back to Coromandel Town late afternoon we took this road to reduce the time it takes to go around the top of the peninsula. It was just sunset so was dusk when we joined the road. The first bit...  more »
  • Drive through the real Coromandel. Plenty of dirt road and not a speed track. Couple of interesting stops along the way AND don't cut corners  more »
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