With its white sand beaches, turquoise water, lush valleys and charisma, the Coromandel might just steal your heart away...

Overview

Welcome to our little corner of paradise. If you only have three days to spare, spend it walking and tasting with us. We've pulled together three beautiful and diverse guided day walks and some delicious food and wine tasting experiences. Perfect if you like small group tours and good company.

Visit one of the finest remaining Kauri groves in a diverse ecological area. Walk along pristine rolling coastlines and take in the endless views. Enjoy a unique 'paddock-to-plate' food experience at local award-winning bistro. Hike to the top of the tallest waterfall in the North Island and sample velvety gelato made from full-cream jersey cow milk fed on lush local pastures. 

Leave your hiking boots at the door to visit a local fifth-generation, family owned and operated winery and sample multi-award winning wines. Stay two nights at our premium boutique lodge tucked away in a magical valley setting and relax with a glass of wine each night.

*Note: A minimum of 4 people are required for guaranteed departure of this tour.

Departures

2018
October: 7, 21
November: 4, 18
December: 2, 16

2019
January: 20  No availability
February: 3, 17 
March: 3, 17, 31
April: 14 - 2 spots available
May: 12

*Tours depart on Sundays and return on a Tuesday. Rates per person are double or twin share.

Highlights

  • Endless stretches of pristine New Zealand coastline
  • Visit one of the finest remaining Kauri groves in a diverse ecological area.
  • Unique 'paddock-to-plate' food experience at local award-winning bistro.
  • Hike to the top of the tallest waterfall in the North Island.

  • Taste gelato made from full-cream jersey cow milk fed on lush local pastures

  • Pristine New Zealand native bush away from the crowds. 

  • A variety of kiwi cuisine experiences, from fine dining to fresh seasonal produce cooked by our local hosts

  • Stay in premium boutique lodges with local hosts. 

  • Small groups, maximum of 8

"Because in the end you won't remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing the lawn."

- Jack Kerouac

"Because in the end you won't remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing the lawn." - - Jack Kerouac









Itinerary

Itinerary

Day One: Sunday

5km (3 miles) / 2.5 hours hiking (easy grade)
We will collect you from Auckland or Hamilton before heading to the Coromandel Peninsula for a stunning trail where we walk to the finest remaining Kauri groves in a lush and diverse ecological area. With our first walk under our belt, we head to the beautiful Kauaeranga Valley to our accommodation where we will be based for two nights. Relax with a drink in hand and some nibbles as you get to know the group you will be making memories with this week. Tonight's delicious three-course meal is prepared in-house by our lovely host.

Day Two: Monday

9km (5.5 miles) / 4-5 hours hiking (medium grade)
Enjoy breakfast with a view this morning at a leisurely pace before we head to the coast for our walk from Homunga Bay to Waihi Beach. Feast your eyes upon the white sand beaches, turquoise coloured water and magnificent Pohutakawa trees as we wind our way around three bays, stopping for a picnic lunch on the beach. Optional side track up to the falls. When our hearts have had enough of the endless coastal views and sea breezes, we head back to our lodge and get ready for our paddock-to-plate experience followed by dinner at a local award-winning bistro.

Day Three: Tuesday

5km (3.7 miles) / 3-4 hours hiking (moderate grade)
This morning we head inland a little to climb to the top of the tallest waterfall in the North Island. Plunging 153m from the Kaimai range above, a well maintained track winds across bridges with lovely views of cascades, before reaching to our first view of the falls. From here we climb to the top of the falls for a breath-taking view over the valley and Waikato plains. To reward our efforts, it's time to visit the land of blueberries and icecream! Indulge in a taste of the most delicious handmade gelato made from full cream jersey cow milk fed on lush Waikato pastures. A visit to a local family-owned and operated winery where we are treated the tastes of their multi-award winning wines rounds off our day before we take you back to Hamilton or Auckland with fond memories and a sweet taste in your mouth.

Note: This itinerary should be seen as a guide only and is subject to change at any time due to elements outside our control. We will always endeavour to stick as closely to this itinerary as possible to deliver the best experience to you. The above doesn't detail all 'Nosh' experiences in full as we like to keep some things a surprise!

Inclusions

  • Return shuttle transfers from Auckland or Hamilton.
  • Comfortable and spacious transport with air conditioning. 
  • Professional local guide and assistant guide with local knowledge and stories leading the way.
  • Premium boutique lodges with local hosts. 
  • ALL meals. Cooked and continental breakfast options, nutritious and uniquely kiwi packed lunches, three-course evening meals with a glass of New Zealand wine, beer or drop of your choice.
  • Delicious food experiences unique to Nature and Nosh Tours (our secret ingredient!). 
  • First aid kits, safety equipment and all your fresh New Zealand drinking water.

What's not included

  • Airfares.
  • Personal hiking gear such as boots, clothing, poles and day packs. We do have some day packs and walking poles available for hire.
  • Travel insurance. We recommend all of our tour guests take out travel insurance.
  • Single supplement fee NZ $150 for single travellers wanting their own room.

Grading

Grade
Easy to moderate
Day one - 2.5 hour walk
Day two - 4-5 hours walking
Day three - 3 hours walking (400m / 1300ft elevation)
Carrying a small day backpack for your personal gear such as water, lunch and
a rain jacket.

Track conditions
Track surfaces on our Coastal Charm tour vary, but most are on well maintained paths, with a couple on more rugged terrain where you will be walking over tree roots, mud and rocks. You will get the most out of this tour if you have a good level of fitness and some hiking experience. 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. 

Our Nature

We've carefully hand selected our tracks throughout the Coromandel and close surrounding areas for their beauty, diversity of terrain and landscapes, flora, special features and conservation values. The day walks on this tour are designed to have a mix of easy and medium graded walks, with flat and rolling terrain and one decent climb on our day three hike. Some of our tracks are well-known and are too scenic to leave off our tours, others are so secret that not even the locals know about them!

Our Nosh

You will enjoy a variety of kiwi cuisine experiences, from fine-dining to hearty home cooking by our local hosts - some even source fresh produce from their own gardens! Breakfast is an option of cooked or continental to fuel you properly for your day of hiking. Lunches are freshly packed for you in the mornings and we have plenty of snacks for the journey. Evening meals are two or three-courses with a glass of wine, beer or beverage of your choice. Our 'Nosh' experiences include tastings at our favourite spots on the coast, a special paddock-to-plate experience and more.

Our Accomodation

We stay in premium boutique-style lodges on our Coastal Charm Taster tour, tucked away in private and picturesque settings. Most of our rooms have ensuites and single supplement is also available. When the weather permits, we have meals on the verandah and take in the beautiful views. We have great relationships with our local hosts so you can be sure you'll be looked after the kiwi way!

Reviews

"This trip was one of a kind, simply a couple of days that were unforgettable - from the moment we were picked up from our home to the time we were dropped back off. Kylie and Steve were exceptional hosts, everything was well planned and executed. Both were very friendly, sharing their knowledge and experiences throughout the venture. The highlights were many; the hikes, the scenery, the accommodation, the food, and of course the company. The best endorsement we can give - we would definitely do it again."

- Nigel and Janice, New Zealand

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