The Coromandel by foot and by bike
New Chums Beach walk
The most standout hike in The Coromandel region has to be The Pinnacles. An intermediate walk which can take either one or two days, with great overnight stay options, this is a real must-do for any hiker in New Zealand. The path begins near Thames and takes you through historical kauri-logging country, with gorgeous forest regrowth, old kauri dam sites, rivers and waterfalls. It also has some of the most incredible views in The Coromandel. For more on the Pinnacles check out our photoblog here.
View from the top of The Pinnacles
Other wonderful Coromandel day walks include the Karangahake Windows Walk; the walk from the bottom of the Wairere Falls to the top; and the hike from Highway 25 to Te Koro Bay and Sailors Grave, which takes 4 hours or so return. Despite the need to play favourites (that is the reason for our article after all!) there are many other great walking options throughout the region, especially in the Kaimai Mamaku Conservation Park, the Karangahake Gorge and the Puketui Valley on the eastern side of the Hikuai Range.
If your preferred method of transportation involves two wheels, try out the 81km Hauraki Rail Trail, which follows the path of two historic railway lines. The track includes a 1 km tunnel and views of the stunning Karangahake Gorge, running from Thames to Paeroa and Waikino to Te Aroha. New paths in development will also link in Kaiua to the north and Waihi to the south east, so watch this space!
To make sure you don't forget any of these exciting Coromandel adventures, download the Gratia app and check out The Coromandel, where you'll see all of the best hiking and biking options in the region, along with all those other places we like to visit in summer - stunning beaches and the most delectable cafes.