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4 Day Coromandel Explorer Lodge Based

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4

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$1650

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Overview

Come and experience the breathtaking beauty of the Coromandel that most people never see!

Jagged mountain peaks, stunning coastal views, waterfalls, abandoned gold mines and glistening white sand beaches make this a unique walking holiday.

The trip involves four to seven hours hiking each day with a variety of grades from easy to hard.

You will carry a daypack only; your guides take care of the rest.

Your guides will collect you from your accommodation in Rotorua or Thames.

Tour Grading: C

Accommodation:

For this trip we stay in boutique studio cabins in an idyllic, private setting. Some ensuite rooms are available, please enquire. Single supplement is also available. Usually we have dinner and breakfast on the verandah to enjoy the beautiful bush views. All meals, snacks, pre-dinner drinks and nibbles are included, except for one restaurant dinner and drinks on Day 3.

309 Kauri Tree on Coromandel Peninsula

Cathedral Cove on Coromandel Peninsula

Hikers on Coromandel Coastal Walk

Coastline on Coromandel Coastal Walk

Group of Girls on Coromandel Peninsula

Group of Girls on Coromandel Peninsula

Group on Coromandel Peninsula

Pohutakawa Tree on Coromandel Peninsula

Water swirling on Coromandel Coast

Three hikers on Coromandel Coastal Walk

Coromandel Peninsula

The Pinnacles on the Coromandel Peninsula

Port Charles on Coromandel Coast

Coromandel Coast

Coromandel Lodge verandah

Coromandel Lodge Meal

Coromandel Lodge Meal

Coromandel Swingbridge

Coromandel Castle Rock

Coromandel Coast

Coromandel Interior

Coromandel log

Coromandel Pinnacles ladder

Coromandel Pinnacles climb

Coromandel Pinnacles climb

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Waiomu Kauri Grove3-4 hours walking: Grade Easy to Medium

We'll pick you up from Rotorua at approx. 8:30am, or Matamata at 9:30am. Warm up with a 4km hike to the top of Wairere Falls, and view the verdant Waikato basin from two lookouts over hanging 90 metres of thunderous waterfall.

As we continue north, enjoy views out over the mussel farms of the Hauraki Gulf from one of New Zealand’s classic coastal drives, the Coromandel west coast. Make a brief stop at Waiomu for refreshments before exploring the Waiomu Kauri Grove - this little known trail heads deep into a protected ecological reserve scattered with majestic Kauri trees – New Zealand’s very own forest giants that grow up to 50 metres tall. Drive further up the Coromandel Peninsula in the late afternoon to reach your lovely accommodation, and watch the sunset from the verandah with a glass of wine or ice cold brew.

Lunch & Dinner included

Day 2The Coastal Walkway6-7 hours walking: Grade Medium

Relish a delicious continental breakfast on the verandah of the lodge, including homemade muesli and bread.

Head north to the tip of the Coromandel Peninsula to hike one of the best coastal walks in the country. The views from the track of the Pacific Ocean, Great Barrier Island and Mt. Moehau are well worth the climb. The track passes through farmland and native bush to reach the remote and beautiful Stony Bay. This stretch of coastline offers all the dramatic views that encapsulate the Coromandel.

Return to the lodge for another relaxing dinner and drinks.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Day 3The Pinnacles5-7 hours walking: Grade Medium to Hard

Enter the hidden world of the Kauaeranga Valley, home to the majestic Pinnacles range. The entire length of the Coromandel Peninsula was once a chain of volcanic cones. This chain has since been eroded and weathered to form the spectacular series of outcrops you see today.

The Pinnacles trail climbs through re-generating kauri forest, passing one of NZ’s best preserved kauri dams, eventually cresting the top of the range to reach the Pinnacles Hut. From the hut, a scramble to the top of the Pinnacles rock formation rewards you with 360° views of the entire Coromandel Peninsula and beyond.

Descend back to the hut, then choose to return to the carpark via the same route as the ascent, or a slightly longer route follows the Billygoat Track.

A fabulous day of walking is topped off with a celebratory meal at one of Coromandel town’s fine restaurants.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Day 4Epic East Coast3-4 hours walking: Grade Easy to Medium

This morning we visit one of the top twenty beaches in the world, New Chums Beach. An unforgettable white sand, crescent moon-shaped beach, fringed by pohutukawa and nikau palms. Finding a secluded beach with no signs of man is an experience not to be missed.

We head into the laid-back coastal town Whitianga to catch a short ferry across the harbour and walk towards Shakespeare’s Cliff, which overlooks the beach where Captain Cook first set foot on New Zealand shores. Enjoy amazing views over Mercury Bay and Cooks Beach. We’ll stop for a picnic lunch above the spectacular Cathedral Cove, before walking down to the amazing natural archway, a must visit for anyone coming to the Coromandel.

We’ll drop you off in Thames or Rotorua relaxed and refreshed, with some fantastic memories!

Breakfast & Lunch included

Cost per person 

November 2019 - April 2020

  • Adult: NZ$1,650
  • Child NZ$1,000
  • Ensuite Upgrade: NZ$120 per room
  • Single Supplement: NZ$200

Child age 8-15 years
Minimum age 8 years

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Waiomu Kauri Grove3-4 hours walking: Grade Easy to Medium

We'll pick you up from Rotorua at approx. 8:30am, or Matamata at 9:30am. Warm up with a 4km hike to the top of Wairere Falls, and view the verdant Waikato basin from two lookouts over hanging 90 metres of thunderous waterfall.

As we continue north, enjoy views out over the mussel farms of the Hauraki Gulf from one of New Zealand’s classic coastal drives, the Coromandel west coast. Make a brief stop at Waiomu for refreshments before exploring the Waiomu Kauri Grove - this little known trail heads deep into a protected ecological reserve scattered with majestic Kauri trees – New Zealand’s very own forest giants that grow up to 50 metres tall. Drive further up the Coromandel Peninsula in the late afternoon to reach your lovely accommodation, and watch the sunset from the verandah with a glass of wine or ice cold brew.

Lunch & Dinner included

Day 2The Coastal Walkway6-7 hours walking: Grade Medium

Relish a delicious continental breakfast on the verandah of the lodge, including homemade muesli and bread.

Head north to the tip of the Coromandel Peninsula to hike one of the best coastal walks in the country. The views from the track of the Pacific Ocean, Great Barrier Island and Mt. Moehau are well worth the climb. The track passes through farmland and native bush to reach the remote and beautiful Stony Bay. This stretch of coastline offers all the dramatic views that encapsulate the Coromandel.

Return to the lodge for another relaxing dinner and drinks.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Day 3The Pinnacles5-7 hours walking: Grade Medium to Hard

Enter the hidden world of the Kauaeranga Valley, home to the majestic Pinnacles range. The entire length of the Coromandel Peninsula was once a chain of volcanic cones. This chain has since been eroded and weathered to form the spectacular series of outcrops you see today.

The Pinnacles trail climbs through re-generating kauri forest, passing one of NZ’s best preserved kauri dams, eventually cresting the top of the range to reach the Pinnacles Hut. From the hut, a scramble to the top of the Pinnacles rock formation rewards you with 360° views of the entire Coromandel Peninsula and beyond.

Descend back to the hut, then choose to return to the carpark via the same route as the ascent, or a slightly longer route follows the Billygoat Track.

A fabulous day of walking is topped off with a celebratory meal at one of Coromandel town’s fine restaurants.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Day 4Epic East Coast3-4 hours walking: Grade Easy to Medium

This morning we visit one of the top twenty beaches in the world, New Chums Beach. An unforgettable white sand, crescent moon-shaped beach, fringed by pohutukawa and nikau palms. Finding a secluded beach with no signs of man is an experience not to be missed.

We head into the laid-back coastal town Whitianga to catch a short ferry across the harbour and walk towards Shakespeare’s Cliff, which overlooks the beach where Captain Cook first set foot on New Zealand shores. Enjoy amazing views over Mercury Bay and Cooks Beach. We’ll stop for a picnic lunch above the spectacular Cathedral Cove, before walking down to the amazing natural archway, a must visit for anyone coming to the Coromandel.

We’ll drop you off in Thames or Rotorua relaxed and refreshed, with some fantastic memories!

Breakfast & Lunch included

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