There are two options for those looking to ride on the Coastal Walkway at the northernmost tip of The Coromandel. The Walkway is a dual-use DOC trail, and care must be taken to ensure the comfort and safety of all trail users. There is a second loop bike track above the walkway. Both trails start and finish from the same location at either the northern end Fletcher Bay or the southern end Stony Bay, and start across farmlands. However, there is a large difference in the technical nature of these two trail options, as the upper track is steep in places and the surface is not maintained.
The dual-use Coastal Walkway travels from Fletcher Bay to Stony Bay located at the very top of The Coromandel. You can ride this 10km trail in either direction, or can ride there and back if you are looking for a longer day in the saddle. We recommend booking a tour from Coromandel Town, with e-bikes available for rent as well.
This trail skirts around the coastline, providing fabulous views of the off-shore islands such as Great Barrier Island, Cuvier and Mercury Island. As you ride the Grade 3 trail, you will pass by kauri and native wildlife in the bush sections. Please remember to keep speeds down and watch out for walkers on those blind corners.
For those who are looking for a more technical challenge, you can ride the upper Mountain Bike Track. With sections that are steeper, slippery and several steep traverses, this is recommended for advanced riders with high skill levels. Both the walkway and mountain bike tracks meet just below a derelict hut and from there it's another 40 minutes of riding to Fletcher Bay.
Both trails lie in a spectacular and remote part of New Zealand, and you have a real feeling of isolation, although only an hour from Coromandel Town and all its amenities. The scenery is inspiring any time of year, but the clear air in the cooler months and the high views down into crystal waters are spectacular.
- We recommend staying the night before in Coromandel Town, and taking a tour north to the walkway, to avoid driving on the gravel roads and to make the most of the stunning views and photo opportunities from the coast road.
- The Coromandel is a great place to camp, and there are two excellent DOC sites at both the Fletcher Bay and Stony Bay Campsites – this will make it easy for accessing the track, too. Be sure to book a patch in summer, its a popular spot!.
- Cell phone coverage is limited, so we recommend being well prepared and following the details on the Mountain Safety Council website.
The walkway is accessed through the small town of Colville, the last outpost for supplies. From here the road is unsealed and narrow and winding in places. Colville is a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Auckland Airport (181km) up the western coastline of The Coromandel through Thames. The trail begins in Fletcher Bay, which lies 30km from Colville, along Port Jackson Road or at Stony Bay, which is 20km along Port Charles Road from Colville.
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For all you need to know when holidaying in The Coromandel, we recommend visiting The Coromandel website.
In order to protect the kauri trees in this area from dieback disease, please ensure your shoes and bikes are cleaned before riding here.
This is a Department of Conservation trail, therefore we recommend checking their website for trail information at the time of your trip.