The 309 Road

The 309 Road, Coromandel: Address, The 309 Road Reviews: 4/5

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Helena V
Nelson, New Zealand20 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
We started on the Whitianga side of the R309.

Stopped at the Kauri Trees first. This was a lovely walk and the children aged 21 to 10 had a great excursion. Wear comfortable shoes, a light jacket in case the weather is cool, but once you get walking its warm enough at this time of year.
The walk is short and very easy to do. Not difficult or challenging. Some steps, but not many at all. Lots of beauty and these trees are just Magnificent giants.

Then we drove to the Waterfall. It had a lovely pool and the water was quite fresh, but once in, it was very pleasant. Only the younger kids and my daughter were determined to swim. The walk to the waterfall from the road is 3 minutes!😁 so you can easily carry your togs and be ok.

After the Waterfall, we moved onto The Waterworks. This was an absolute Joy and just an awesome little place with so many fun things to experience. We had loads of laughs and great fun here. The food was delicious and the kids had milkshakes and said they were the best they've had. This is worth the visit! Book online for discount entry, well worth your time. From 21 to 10 years old, everyone was laughing and wanting to do everything they had to offer. What a gem of a place!!
Written January 19, 2020
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JLandMike
Cochrane, Canada682 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
Drove this road as we wanted to go to Waterworks and walk the Kauri forest. We did see the pigs but didn’t stop. As others have said, it’s a wild road but we didn’t feel unsafe even in our crappy mini van rental. I can see that in the rain it would enhance the thrill but I’d recommend doing this anyway.
Written February 12, 2020
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Dream09279016733
3 contributions
Feb 2020
There are no signs on the Coromandel to Thames road to indicate that these wonderful attractions are here. The road is not brilliant so we were wondering if we were on the right road.
However the waterfall was very pretty, and was signposted. The Kauri walk was a stunning experience, especially being able to actually touch the Kauri tree. The information boards were a nice touch and very informative.
I highly recommend a visit to both these attractions- they are only 5 minutes apart.
Written March 16, 2020
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Crayeater
Hamilton, New Zealand66 contributions
Jan 2021
This is an amazing and enjoyable road which is unsealed and not really suitable for inexperienced drivers towing a boat, trailer, or driving a camper van. I was surprised to find it the recommended route on Google maps when the sealed Wangapoua/Coromandel road is just as scenic, much safer, and easier road for larger vehicles. There are warning signs that the 309 road is unsealed and narrow at both ends, but there was no similar warning on Google and I wonder how many people don't recognise the difference between the two roads.
I loved my 309 trip as an ex Coro local that had not been home for many years, okay maybe decades. It was a great trip down memory lane but I really couldn't recommend it for all vehicles.
Written January 20, 2021
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Sarah A
London, UK24 contributions
Feb 2021
The waterfalls are a short easy walk from the road and definitely bring your togs on a hot day. The Kauri Grove walk is about 600m up the road and a lovely walk with a round trip of just under 30mins. The trees are majestic and well worth the visit. You drive past the wild pig farm on the way in but unfortunately we think the pigs were all sleeping that day as we only saw a couple.
Written February 16, 2021
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Acineto
Auckland Central, New Zealand17,509 contributions
Feb 2021
We came through the road to get to the Waiau falls. One the way we passed an area where there were pigs roaming free. Jeep and eye out for the sign as well as the pigs along the road. We also passed by Waterworks to get to the falls.
The road itself was mostly gravel. There were a few areas which were sealed but it was mostly unsealed.
Written February 11, 2021
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DaleH
1 contribution
Jun 2020
There is nothing wrong with the road; any car can travel it over it, trucks and buses don't have issues. It will get closed after severe weather if blocked.

The 309 is just your typical rural road requiring more awareness and adapting of driving to suit. If you have problems or it scares you then YOU are the hazard and shouldn't be driving on any road in the Coromandel as since your not capable of handling the possible conditions.

The Pigs, Water Works, and Kauri are all nice low key relaxed stops for young Kiwi(Aussie?) kids. As an adult would happy just hunt the pigs in the bush and go on bigger walks.

International visitors do for some reason seem amazed by pigs?
Written July 15, 2020
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Strickes
Rotorua District, New Zealand1,587 contributions
Sep 2019
Our son who lives in Whitianga took us out to see the pigs part way along the 309 Rd.
There are hundreds of them! All sizes. Well worth it to stop and see them. And some old relics of vehicles in the same area.
Road is winding and narrow in places but in reasonable condition
Written July 5, 2020
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Baran
Auckland, New Zealand24 contributions
Apr 2019
The Road 309 is windy, slippery and dangerous. It is not asphalt but metalled. Avoid that road especially in winter time. Very narrow in some spots, 2 cars can not pass in the same time. Just too dangerous, that road can turn your beautiful holiday to a terrible memory. There is no phone reception in that road either.
Written April 27, 2019
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Thea H
Auckland, New Zealand19 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
This is the road where nightmares are created. I have never been so scared as I was driving this road. No one tells you how bad it is and once committed you can't turn back. Do not believe your GPS it lies. Two cars can only pass with very little room. One Juicey rental Car came around a corner at high speed and almost sent us over the side into the abyss. I fail to understand how no one has ever died on this road. It should be on tv on that program "Worlds Worse Roads." I do not recommend any one to go on this road. If you do I hope your Travel insurance is fully paid for.
Written August 30, 2018
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