The 309 Road
This is one scenic drive!
Nobody knows for certain whether the famous 309 Road is so named because of 309 bends or 309 minutes by horse and buggy from West to East crossing the backbone of the Coromandel Peninsula.
Spectacular scenery showcasing New Zealand’s natural beauty. The 309 is well worth visiting, not just a road, a full day of activities awaits. Take the road less travelled and discover fun in paradise.
Things to see along the way
1. Coromandel Mussel Kitchen
Located on the corner of the 309 and State Highway 25. Locally farmed mussels and fresh produce, harvested, prepared from the garden and sea to your plate. Micro brewery on site offering a range beers unique the restaurant.
Open daily during the summer season. www.musselkitchen.co.nz
2. Stuart and the Wild Pigs
Famous on the 309, Stuart and the wild pigs. His place is home to 100+ wild pigs, peacocks and other assorted animals. Once a quarry and then the location for a school. You wouldn’t call it a menagerie, free to roam the 309, Stuart and the Wild Pigs. Take lots of photos, leave the leftovers at home.
3. The Waterworks
A trip along the 309 isn’t complete without a visit to The Waterworks. The quirkiest, wittiest, funnest Eco Friendly playground full of adventures. Spend the day or spend a couple of hours. The Waterworks has everything you need to enjoy and amuse yourself with minimal impact on natural beauty of the 309. The Waterworks is the Coromandel’s only Green Eco-Friendly fun park.
4. Wet your Whistle Cafe
Cafe at The Waterworks. The perfect pitstop on your way to the east or a welcome oasis after a fun filled day at The Waterworks. Whatever the reason, whatever the occasion, the coffee is good, the Thick Shakes will make Trump look like a genius, the produce is fresher than the playboy mansion.
5. Castle Rock
Next stop after The Waterworks, Castle Rock an old volcano rising above the bush on the backbone of the peninsula. Drive about 2 kms up the forest road. This popular lookout point is approximately an hour walk. Remember, wear appropriate footwear, check the weather conditions (pop into The Waterworks) and don’t forget your camera.
6. Waiau Falls Scenic Reserve - Waiau Falls
Breathtaking natural beauty, Waiau Falls cascades over the rock face plunging into the pool below. A popular swimming spot for locals and tourists. Respect the beauty of the this scenic reserve by leaving only your footprints and taking your rubbish, belongings and memories
7. Kauri Grove
A spectacular grove of kauri trees. Many of our Kauri pre date european settlement of the peninsular. Before the turn of the century our forefathers had the foresight to protect these wonderful magnificent trees. The track is very well formed with footbridges and boardwalks, which take you close to the trees. An excellent walk for tree lovers.
Help to protect our beautiful Kauri from Kauri Dieback Disease. Follow the Department of Conservation guidance.
8. Egan Park
Freedom camping, swimming and picnicking. The perfect place to stop relax and stay a while.