The 309 Road
This is one scenic drive!
New Zealand’s famous 309 Road is a scenic 22-kilometre journey which crosses the backbone of the Coromandel Peninsula from east to west. Mostly unsealed, it showcases spectacular scenery as it winds through lush farmland, pine forests and extensive areas of beautiful native bush.
Some say they named the 309 for the number of bends, while others say it’s the number of minutes the horse-drawn carriage used to take.A leisurely drive along The 309 Road as part of your trip through the Coromandel region will give you a feel for the real New Zealand countryside and inspire you through its undeniable beauty.
There are a number of stops you can make along the route if you wish to turn this short road trip into a full-day experience.
The WaterworksAllow yourselves between 2 and 3 hours here if you wish to experience everything The Waterworks has to offer.
Castle RockJust past The Waterworks is the road that leads up to Castle Rock; a popular lookout point. Drive up the forest road about 2 kms, and then walk approximately one hour to the top. It is a bit of a scramble for the last few metres, but is well within the scope of any normally fit adult or child. Wear appropriate footwear. Before undertaking the 2.5 hour return walk, it is suggested that you obtain up-to-date track information from The Waterworks or through Coromandel i-SITE on (07) 866 8598.
Waiau FallsLocated in the Waiau Falls Scenic Reserve the Waiau Falls crashes over a rock wall to a pool below.
Kauri TreesA spectacular grove of large Kauri trees; including the "Siamese Kauris". Kauri trees are famous in New Zealand because of the size they grow to.
To really appreciate the 309 Road, we'd suggest you stay a night. We can recommend Koru Cottage as a fantastic place to overnight or maybe even longer, two, three......it is so peaceful you may want to stay longer. Nestled amid native bush in a gorgeous riverside setting, Koru Cottage offers private, self-contained accommodation five minutes from Coromandel Town. Visit www.korucottage.com for more information.
Egan ParkProvides a pleasant picnic and swimming spot.
309 Honey ShopA honey shop that produces a delicious Manuka honey; the most popular and natural in New Zealand. High Zone An adventure course set on ropes high above the ground, and it is just a few hundred metres from the Whitianga end of the 309 road.
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