Explore endless stretches of turquoise coastline, enjoy a unique 'garden-to-plate' food experience at local award-winning bistro and round off the day in sweet and delicious style.

Overview

They say the sea heals the soul, and this stunning half day coastal walk from Homunga Bay to Waihi Beach is sweet escapism in its purest form. We wind our way around the east coast of the Coromandel, along cliff edges, discovering hidden bays along Pohutakawa lined edges. Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch on the beach, dip your toes in the water before we make our way to Waihi Beach. You don't have to be an experience hiker for this walk, just have a reasonable level of fitness!

Next is a visit to local award-winning Falls Retreat Bistro for a unique 'garden-to-plate' food experience, featuring fresh, seasonal morsels from the restaurant's huge garden. A glass of wine or fresh soda winds up our visit before we head back through the Karangahake Gorge.

LAST STOP - YOU CHOOSE!

Award-winning GIN: Visit a brand new distillery in Thames and hear from owners on how they harness flavours and aromas from the wild to infuse into their gin and other distillates. Think damson plum and wood-aged Manuka infused gin - yum! 

OR, award-winning gelato: It's time to taste what the Waikato is famous for - dairy! The beautiful jersey cows at Kowhai Creamery's farm produce the most creamy milk to make the most delicious icecream and we will hear all about their incredible farm story. Then, the hardest decision you'll have to make all day. Choosing the flavour of your handmade gelato! This award-winning gelato is hard to beat. 

This experience will leave you with a satisfied soul, a sweet taste in your mouth and sweet memories.

Next confirmed tour: Saturday 24th October, 5 places available!

To check other availability and make a booking, please email hello@natureandnosh.co.nz or
call +64 204 1305060

READ OUR NZ HERALD REVIEW!

Details

  • $395 per person
  • Fully-inclusive, guided experience
  • Runs: Thurs - Sunday, subject to availability
  • Departs: 7.30am from Hamilton (or 8.30am from Thames)
  • Returns: Approx 5.30pm to Hamilton (or 4.30pm Thames)
  • Duration: 10 hours (Walk/hike: 4 hours)
  • Hiking grade: Moderate
  • Note: A minimum of 2 people are required for this tour to run

Reviews

Everything I love about New Zealand!
"We had an amazing day doing the Coast & Cuisine Experience. Everything I love about New Zealand from the breathtaking scenery of our coastline to the yummy local food. Our guide Kylie made the day even better. I cant wait to try one of Nature & Nosh's other experiences"
- Anne (Auckland)

Coast and Cuisine. A perfect way to spend a day
"I loved the experience. Driving through the countryside was informative.The scenery along the walk was outstanding.There was time to stop and admire the small bays and enjoy a gourmet lunch beside the ocean. I enjoyed a swim at Waihi Beach. Falls Retreat was a hidden gem.The food was delicious and I loved being able to look around the garden.Thank you Kylie and Peter for a well organised and fun day out. Well worth doing."
- Jess (Sydney)

Amazing Coast and Cuisine Experience tour!
"Thanks Kylie and Peter for such an amazing day! We did the one day Coast and Cuisine hike, which took us through varied terrain and landscapes.It was fantastic being able to hike through the countryside to reach a beautiful pristine beach where there was no one else around. You will definitely not go hungry on this tour! The packed lunches we ate on the beach were delicious and just what you need. This was followed by tapas at a local restaurant and ice-cream at a local dairy farm. We would definitely do it again and highly recommend it! So much effort has been put into these trips and we were so spoilt."
- Leah (Melbourne)

Inclusions

  • Return transfers from  Hamilton (or Thames!) in comfortable and spacious transport with air conditioning. 
  • Professional local guide with local knowledge and stories leading the way
  • 4 hour guided coastal walk
  • Gourmet picnic style lunch
  • Unique garden to plate experience, including tasting fresh, seasonal produce
  • Glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage at award-winning bistro Falls Retreat
  • Owharoa Falls
  • Talk and taste of award-winning gelato Kowhai Creamery OR Gin tasting at Coromandel Distilling


What's not included

  • Personal hiking gear such as boots and day packs, water bottles. We do have some day packs and walking poles available to borrow, please request in advance.

Grading

Grade
Moderate
4 - 4.5 hours walking
(200m elevation) - enough to get heart rate up!
Carrying a small day backpack for your personal gear such as water, lunch and
a rain jacket.

Track conditions
The track surfaces on this walk varies from farmland/grass to clay and sand but the track is mostly well-maintained. There are some narrow parts with sheer cliff edges so sure-footedness is a must for this walk. A good level of fitness means you will get the most out of this day. Our guides ensure that the pace is dictated by the group and allow plenty of time for short breaks for water, refreshments, photos and interesting stories on the way. For us, it's about the journey, not the destination.

Note: This itinerary should be seen as a guide only and is subject to change at any time due to elements outside our control. This walk in particular is subject to coastal tides and we may swap the order of our day around to manage this. 




 

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