The 309 Road, Coromandel
(3.7/5 based on 190+ 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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  • Defnately a must do. A bit for every-one, kids, and adults alike. Unfortunately it is mostly gravel. 
  • You can save this route. The road is in poor condition and proper landmarks along there are not notable. Approximately in the half of the route, reaching a neglected pigs current rundown farm with freely around and chickens that you can caress. Saw mer to from a landfill, as after a court. Simply just sad!
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  • The road is not paved, but I find it not difficult to handle. There were also small campers who came toward us. The route is a short cut between the Coromandel and Whitianga, which includes three really nice breakpoints: Waiau falls, Waiau Kauri Grove and 309 Manuka honey (high quality and cheaper Manuka honey in supermarkets was the price almost 3 times as high).
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