4
Introductory to Moderate
Activities
  • guided walk
Accommodation
  • 1 night hotel, 6 nights boutique lodge
Meals
  • 6 Dinners
  • 7 Lunches
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

8 daysfrom

$4250NZD

Trip Code: GCC

Trip highlights


  • Hike unspoilt coastlines and headlands of the Coromandel Peninsula with stunning views
  • Walk the iconic Pinnacles track
  • Explore unique and varied ecological regions
  • Enjoy sampling a diverse range of local, seasonal produce from coffee and honey to seafood and pickles
  • Indulge in gourmet three course meals with matching wine most nights
  • Gin tasting at a micro-distillery that has won a 'world's best gin' award
  • Relax in the comfort of boutique lodges while in the Coromandel district

The Coromandel, as it is affectionately known, is a popular destination for New Zealanders and visitors alike and for good reason. There are many local treasures to discover and the best way to find the most secret of these is by harnessing the local knowledge of your guide. Walk scenic coastal paths to quiet coves with white sand beaches and stunning views over sparkling turquoise bays. Explore trails that meander through lush valleys of sub-tropical rainforest and climb to the iconic Pinnacles for all-around views. Fuel your taste buds with delectable three course evening meals packed with seasonal produce and matched with local wines. Visit an award-winning gin micro-distillery and sample tasty treats from the region at every opportunity. Staying in boutique accommodation and carrying only a day pack, this is the ideal way to get the most from the Coromandel Peninsula.


Itinerary

Make your own way to Auckland and check-in to your accommodation any time after 2:00pm. The city is New Zealand's largest, both in area and population and hence is often mistakenly thought of as the country's capital. Spend some time exploring the gardens and open spaces of The Domain, wander through the fascinating War Memorial Museum for a glimpse into Maori history and culture, visit the Sky Tower for spectacular 360 degree views, visit an art gallery, cruise the harbour, wander the foreshore or explore the shops. Food lovers will be spoilt for choice with a multitude of cafes, restaurants and bars to suit all budgets and tastes.

Meals:  Nil

You will be picked up from Auckland around mid-morning (you may need to make your own way from the hotel to a central pick-up location; details will be advised closer to departure). Travel south by road to Karangahake Gorge for a short walk on a historic trail with stunning views of the Waitewheta river. This is a good opportunity to stretch your legs and ease into your walking week before continuing to Waihi, at the southern edge of the Coromandel Peninsula. The Waihi region was historically a gold-mining area with much of this history retained today. Your accommodation for the first two nights is nearby and after check-in there is time to relax with a drink and some nibbles before dinner at a local Waihi beachfront restaurant.

Meals:  B,L,D

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast while admiring the view, before travelling a short distance to the coast where the Homunga Bay Track begins. Stunning views are a theme today as you follow the coast alongside three different bays to Waihi Beach. With turquoise-coloured water, white sand beaches and magnificent Pohutakawa trees (especially if they are blooming with their red flowers) the contrast is superbly picturesque. A picnic lunch by the beach along the way allows time to absorb the beauty of Nature's canvas. On completion of the walk at Waihi Beach, return to the lodge to freshen up before dinner. Prepared in-house by a local chef, a delightful meal tonight featuring organic, seasonal produce will round out the day perfectly.

Meals:  B,L,D

Magical coastal scenery today, along with some local tastings, negates the driving time between walks on the gradual journey up the eastern side of the Coromandel peninsula. The Whenuakite Kauri loop is the first stop. Here the short track winds its way through one of the largest uninterrupted stands of native coastal bush in New Zealand with a Kiwi Recovery Programme also operating. Savour lunch today at the family-owned Mercury Bay Estate winery and vineyard, with views over the surrounding region, before continuing to weave north. Voted one of the world's top 10 beaches, walk off your lunch along New Chum Beach and delight in it's expanse of white sand. A little further north, near the top of the peninsula, a secluded lodge is your base for the next two nights. The time is yours before dinner so take a walk around the beautiful grounds, relax in one of the spas, or even treat yourself to a massage (own expense, must be booked the day before).

Meals:  B,L,D

Explore the Coastal walkway today, at the remote northern tip of the Coromandel peninsula. The track was originally a bridle path constructed by early pioneers and affords some of the most spectacular coastal scenery of the trip. Discover sparkling bays as you wind your way through pristine sub-tropical bush and Kanuka forest, passing beneath Mt Moehau. There is one short steep section but otherwise the track has a gentle gradient. Cross some farmland for views of Great Barrier Island in the distance. A well-earned dinner of Kiwi-style tapas awaits at the lodge tonight as you watch the sun go down. You may even be lucky enough to hear the call of a kiwi nearby.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today again includes some driving to our next overnight base but this time down the western side of the peninsula. The scenery down the coast is more than spectacular and there will be some tastings along the way of course. Leaving early, there is a coffee stop and a chance to browse some homemade chutneys, cured meats and pickles before arriving at Coromandel Town. If you are so inclined, this is the only opportunity for a quick look around the shops on this trip before heading south to Waiomu Kauri Grove. A gentle walk in this diverse ecological area containing regenerating forest allows a glimpse into the past with some of the most impressive Kauri stands that remain in the country. Kauri trees grow straight and tall and can be up to 50m high. Some are more than 2000yrs old but it is rare to find such treasures as Kauri have been heavily logged for their timber. They are now protected throughout New Zealand. Continuing to your bed and breakfast accommodation for the next two nights a glass of wine can be enjoyed before dinner, and possibly a soak in the hot tub. Embrace the classic takeaway of choice for many Kiwis at the Thames wharf this evening - fresh fish and chips.

Meals:  B,L,D

Swap coastal walking for rugged inland terrain today on the Pinnacles walk. This is a reasonably challenging but extremely rewarding day and the highest view point on the trip (759m). Note that it is also very popular. There track follows an old packhorse trail built during kauri logging days and includes steps, streams and swing bridges. Regenerating bush includes nikau palms and huge rata trees before the final section of the track leads to the rocky summit. This section is steep and requires some scrambling but the reward of panoramic views across the Coromandel region is breathtaking. Return the same way to the beginning of the track after lunch below the summit at the Pinnacles Hut. To reward the day's effort, indulge in a little gin tasting at a local micro-distillery where the master distiller recently won an award for the "world's best gin". Back at the bed and breakfast, enjoy a hot shower and a well-earned, home-cooked meal prepared by your affable host for your final night.

Meals:  B,L,D

A leisurely start today includes a delicious cooked breakfast before leaving the peaceful surrounds of the Kauaeranga Valley to return to Auckland. There is a short gentle walk to break the journey in the Hunua Ranges, with a visit to the Hunua Falls and a lovely swimming hole if weather permits. Enjoy a last lunch and some wine tasting with your group of new friends at John Hill Estate winery - a perfect way to finish a week of fresh air, exploring and fine food. You will be dropped off in Auckland around mid-afternoon, where trip arrangements end.

Meals:  B,L


Inclusions

  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Auckland (twinshare) with private bathroom
  • 6 nights boutique lodge and hosted B&B (twinshare) with private bathroom (some rooms may have shared bathroom facilities)
  • 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Return shuttle transfers from Auckland
  • Private transport in comfortable air-conditioned vehicle throughout the Coromandel
  • Professional local guide
  • Two or three course evening meals every night (except in Auckland)
  • A glass of New Zealand wine, beer or non-alcoholic drink of choice each evening (except in Auckland)
  • Bag of Coromandel roasted Pinnacles coffee to take home
  • Group food and wine tastings mentioned in the itinerary
  • Group first aid kit

  • Travel to Auckland on Day 1 and onward travel from Auckland on Day 8
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Beverages other than drinking water and those included with evening meals
  • Optional activities, extras and upgrades (such as single supplement, massage, purchases of specialty food items to take home)
  • Items of a personal nature (eg. laundry, shopping, internet)
  • Daypack (large enough to fit a lunch box and water bottle); a limited number of daypacks are available for hire if required (must be requested in advance)
  • Personal hiking gear and walking poles; a limited number of walking poles are available for hire if required (must be requested in advance)
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa (if required)

Trail Surface


Accommodation


Grading

Introductory to Moderate  
4

INTRODUCTORY TO MODERATE - GRADE 4 These trips involve a combination of what is described in our Introductory and Moderate levels. The emphasis is on introductory activity with several moderate stages. These adventures involve walking from 5 - 7 hours a day at a slow but steady pace. You will need a good level of fitness and must be in good health. Be prepared for potential variable weather conditions. Walking each day is over a variety of terrain including smooth bush tracks, sandy beaches and hills with rocks, tree roots and uneven track surfaces. Care needs to be taken as there are some steep sections that have a loose surface and are slippery when wet. Your fitness preparation should include climbing and descending stairs, hills or sand dunes on uneven terrain. We suggest that you undertake regular exercise - swimming, cycling, jogging, stair or hill walking - three times a week for three months prior to your journey. Training with a daypack of about 7kg is recommended as you will need to carry your daily requirements such as water, lunch, spare clothing and personal items during the walking stages of the trip.


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Notes

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Private custom tours available on request for minimum 6 people; price variation may apply

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Total Priceper person from

$4250NZD

Options & Supplements*
  • Single supplementNZD$780
*Prices listed are per person and also from

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Food Lover's Coromandel Guided Walk trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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