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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  • After reading the reviews thought this was going to to be a dangerous road. But it turned out to be a great road sure there is gravel for less than half of it plenty of turns no more than most of the ...  more »
  • This road probably isn't for the faint hearted or for those of a nervous disposition but we loved doing it. Yes, its a bit hairy if you meet other traffic but drive to the conditions and you will be f...  more »
  • Holy moley! was that a road...locals go way to fast & hog the road..width of which is no wider than a footpath in most places...my heart was in my mouth...no guard rails to speak of so, when we were f...  more »

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