Pristine coastlines, hidden coves and glistening horizons. A place where the manicured meets character. COASTAL CHARM - a uniquely Kiwi experience through the Coromandel.

Overview

With its charismatic personality, white sand beaches, turquoise waters and lush sub-tropical valleys, the Coromandel peninsula might just steal your heart away. Scenic pathways lead to peaceful coves and far-reaching horizons as we explore every corner.

Enjoy a relaxed pace along the rolling coastlines before climbing up to the Pinnacles, a kiwi bucket-list walk, on our final day of hiking. Your work is rewarded by magnificent panoramic views of the Coromandel region at the top.

Relax with a glass of wine and gourmet three-course meal each night in our premium boutique lodges. We base ourselves at each lodge for two nights so you have time to unpack and take in your surroundings. 

Enjoy fresh, local cuisine from an area known for its kaimoana (seafood) as we take you on a food trail up the coast stopping at all our favourite spots for some fresh seasonal produce.

*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
February: 3, 17 
March: 3, 17, 31
April: 14, 28
May: 12

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

Highlights

  • Endless stretches of pristine New Zealand coastlines to explore.
  • Hike the coastal headlands of the peninsula with views across the
    South Pacific Ocean.
  • Unique 'paddock-to-plate' food experience at local award-winning bistro.
  • Walk the Pinnacles track, a must-do on all outdoor loving kiwi's lists.

  • Gourmet three-course meals every night, matched with NZ wine, beer
    or drop of your choice.

  • Visit one of the finest remaining Kauri groves in a diverse ecological area.

  • Savour in a food trail up the coast, sampling fresh, seasonal produce.

  • Enjoy the Coromandel's best fish & chips on the Thames wharf.

  • Premium boutique lodges, B & B's and cabins with local hosts.

  • Small groups, maximum of 10.

"Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air." - - Ralph Waldo Emerson









Itinerary

Itinerary

Day One: Sunday

3km (1.8 miles) / 1 hour hiking (easy grade)
We will collect you from Auckland or Hamilton around midday before heading to the historic Karangahake Gorge for a chance to stretch the legs on a short walk with stunning views of the Waitewheta river. With our first walk under our belt, we head to Waihi to our accommodation where we will be based for the first 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 gourmet three-course meal is prepared in-house by a local chef, with a menu designed especially for Nature & Nosh with fresh, seasonal produce.

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 miles) / 2 hours hiking (easy grade)
Today we make our way up the western side of the peninsula with one of the most stunning coastal drives in New Zealand. We've picked some of the best spots on the way to sample some local produce, from incredibly good New Zealand coffee and baked treats, to homemade chutneys and pickles with fresh bread. Our food trail is broken up by a walk to see one of the finest remaining Kauri groves in a lush and diverse ecological area. Arriving at our secluded lodge with plenty of daylight to spare, the time is yours to spend how you please. Relax in one of the spas, take a walk around the beautiful grounds, explore their private bush trail or perhaps indulge in a massage before dinner.
*Massage must be booked the night before and is at your own expense.

Day Four: Wednesday

10km (6 miles) / 4 hours hiking (easy to medium grade)
Boots on as we take on the coastal walkway today, at the most northern and remote tip of the peninsula. The track, an old bridle path formed by early pioneers boasts some of the most spectacular coastal scenery of the trip. We wind our way through farmland, Kanuka forest and pristine sub-tropical bush discovering twinkling bays along the way. The group has the option of walking the track one way, or, if feeling a little more ambitious making it a return trip. Kiwi-style tapas are waiting for us at the lodge for dinner tonight. We watch the sun go down and welcome the moon with the call of the kiwi bird outside our cabins, if we're lucky.

Day Five: Thursday

7km (4.3 miles) / 4 hours hiking (medium grade)
Early birds catch the worm this morning as we head to the eastern side of the Coromandel for a short walk to New Chum beach, voted one of the world's top 10 beaches. Warm up walk done, we head to Pumpkin Hill to begin our second walk of the day. This track winds its way through one of the biggest uninterrupted blocks of coastal native bush in the country, where an active Kiwi Recovery Programme is operating. Regenerating forest hosts new life, covered in moss beneath the canopy. Climbing above the canopy gives way to excellent views of the ocean and nearby islands as we walk to Otara Bay and around the coast to Te Karo Bay. Appetites well and truly worked up, tonight we feast on fish & chips on the wharf - the takeaway meal beloved by generations of Kiwis.

Day Six: Friday

14km (8.7 miles) / 7-8 hours hiking (hard grade)
We substitute coastal views today for spectacular craggy terrain on the popular Pinnacles hike. Traversing through groves of nikau palms, huge rata trees, and across streams and swing bridges, we make our way up to the Hut. The last section of the track leading to the jagged summit of the Pinnacles is steep and requires some scrambling, but for those up for the challenge the reward is magnificent panoramic views across the Coromandel region. After lunch at the Hut, we head back down the track and it's a short drive back to our lodge to put our feet up and enjoy a meal cooked by our lovely host on our final night.

Day Seven: Saturday

Transfer day.
After a sleep in and delicious cooked breakfast enjoyed in the tranquil surroundings of the Kauaeranga Valley, it's time to pack up and exchange stories with the new group of friends made on the tour. Shared experiences create special memories that you'll take home with you. We will drop you back at Auckland or Hamilton, or you might like to combine this tour with our Heart of the North tour to extend your hiking journey in New Zealand.

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 or bed & breakfast accommodation with local hosts. 
  • ALL meals. Cooked and continental breakfast options, nutritious and uniquely kiwi packed lunches, two and 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 $600 for single travellers wanting their own room.

Grading

Grade
Easy to moderate (with one harder graded walk on our final day).
3 – 8 hours of hiking per day.
Altitude gains of up to 600m (2000ft) on the last day.
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 combination of tracks throughout the Coromandel and heart of the North Island for their beauty, diversity of terrain and landscapes, flora, special features and conservation values. The programme of day walks on this tour is designed to have a mix of easier, medium and harder graded walks, with no two hard walks back to back, giving your legs a chance to recover in order to make the most of this hiking tour. 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 and lodge cabins on Coastal Charm, each 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 bush  and sea views. We have great relationships with our local hosts so you can be sure you'll be looked after the kiwi way!

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HEART OF THE NORTH

For the adventurous by nature, those who prefer the paths less travelled, explore some of New Zealand's best kept secret tracks in the Waikato region, deep in the HEART OF THE NORTH.