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The 309 Road

309 Road Between Whitianga to Coromandel, Coromandel, New Zealand
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castle rock is the best

This road is really terrifying to drive but has some breathtaking attractions on it. Stu's Wild... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Rachael B
A bit hairy

Coming back to Coromandel Town late afternoon we took this road to reduce the time it takes to go... read more

Reviewed 14 May 2018
Graham B
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  • Average17%
  • Poor4%
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“gravel road” (30 reviews)
“kauri trees” (27 reviews)
“castle rock” (9 reviews)
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309 Road Between Whitianga to Coromandel, Coromandel, New Zealand
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"gravel road"
in 30 reviews
"kauri trees"
in 27 reviews
"castle rock"
in 9 reviews
"waiau falls"
in 17 reviews
"wild pigs"
in 16 reviews
"coromandel town"
in 21 reviews
"great drive"
in 8 reviews
"hire car"
in 7 reviews
"driving skills"
in 4 reviews
"take your time"
in 11 reviews
"twists and turns"
in 5 reviews
"oncoming traffic"
in 4 reviews
"nice road"
in 3 reviews
"interesting drive"
in 3 reviews
"old cars"
in 3 reviews
"opposite direction"
in 3 reviews
"waterworks park"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This road is really terrifying to drive but has some breathtaking attractions on it. Stu's Wild Pig farm is a fun, quick stop that takes 15 mins or less. Good for families. Castle rock was my favorite on the the road. Took about 1 hour...More

Thank Rachael B
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Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

Coming back to Coromandel Town late afternoon we took this road to reduce the time it takes to go around the top of the peninsula. It was just sunset so was dusk when we joined the road. The first bit was fine, then suddenly the...More

Thank Graham B
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Reviewed 7 May 2018

Drive through the real Coromandel. Plenty of dirt road and not a speed track. Couple of interesting stops along the way AND don't cut corners

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Reviewed 27 April 2018

For the most part this road is unsealed and very narrow, and should be driven with extreme caution. On the corromandel Town end there is a stop to see a nice water fall and another nature walk plus an activity park. All of these are...More

Thank praks12
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Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile

We only travelled about half way down this road from coromanel town side, to the waterfall and Kaurai trees walk, in a camper and found the road fine. Made enjoyable by comming across Stu's pigs we had a chat with the brothers who are very...More

Thank Wendy R
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

We were lured by our fellow passenger ( a Kiwi of long standing!) into taking the 309 as a short-cut on our drive from Flaxmill Bay to Coromandel Town.The road is mainly gravel (i.e. metal, in NZ terminology), quite narrow in places, with many sharp...More

Thank Sydney B
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Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

The road is billed as very scenic. We were too busy looking for hazards to notice! Not recommended in its current state of repair. The alternative route is a smooth surface with great views though steep and windy.

Thank Pdunchob
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

All modes of transport use this road - from our small Toyota Vitz to rather large delivery trucks. Take care!

Thank DADD23
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

The wild pigs were adorable!! The little pigs were my favourite. The farm is right off the road, so no walking is really needed. The owner was really nice too. The road itself isn’t that bad, 60% is gravel and 40% is paved. It was...More

Thank Cristian P
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Reviewed 26 March 2018

Not a road to drive just for pleasure. But the alternative to the destination was a very long was around, so I shut my eyes and let my husband drive - with some caustic and frightened comments from me on the way. The road is...More

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lamaha2018
31 March 2018|
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Response from Mark D | Reviewed this property |
No chance to buy one that I saw all semi wild
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conandkids
14 October 2017|
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Response from Mark E | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Yes its gravel. I would check the insurance policy again jnust in case. From Coromandel end its niot that far in. The pigs are all over the road so be careful. I would also suggest lunch at the Mussel Kitchen which is... More
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hilda b
13 August 2016|
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Response from bwucee |
No price, just an alternate lifestyle who runs a large group of kuni kuni pigs. About 2-3 hrs from Tokoroa. You need to go to the Coromandel area as a destination, great place
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