We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
The road of the little pigs πŸ– πŸ– πŸ–

The road has a mix of unsealed and sealed stretches and some tight bends. It’s an interesting drive... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Lynn W
Whanganui, New Zealand
via mobile
Interesting Drive

Drove from Whitianga to Coromandel, pretty typical country road, not very wide, largely unsealed... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jeff C
via mobile
Read all 308 reviews
All photos (130)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent34%
  • Very good41%
  • Average17%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“gravel road”(29 reviews)
“kauri grove”(33 reviews)
“wild pigs”(16 reviews)
309 Road Between Whitianga to Coromandel, Coromandel, New Zealand
Reviews (308)
Filter reviews
271 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews gravel road kauri grove wild pigs waiau falls great drive coromandel town driving skills hire car twists and turns take your time short cut interesting drive opposite direction old cars waterworks park worth a stop water works
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 271 reviews
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The road has a mix of unsealed and sealed stretches and some tight bends. It’s an interesting drive especially when you see pigs running around on the road with babies in tow. They look like Kune Kune pigs. Lots of photographic opportunities with rusty old...More

Thank Lynn W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Drove from Whitianga to Coromandel, pretty typical country road, not very wide, largely unsealed & windy, but worth the drive & stopping at the falls & seeing all the pigs on the road

Thank Jeff C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although it was unsealed the 309 is very civilised and easy to travel on. Along the way you can see the pigs, waiau falls and the kauri grove all worth stopping for

Thank Leah S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I hate heights and I hate windy, narrow gravel roads. The 309 combines all of these. I felt sure we would go off the edge . My poor partner, who was driving, had me barking at him he whole way to slow down. There was...More

Thank Christine L M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a beautiful road but also dangerous. As a person who has had family members involved in a tragic accident on this road that claimed multiple lives I would plead that you only drive it if you are very confident on windy gravel roads...More

Thank Riley89
Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

We didn't know what we were getting into driving The 309 at night but it was fun. Most of the way is gravel/unpaved. The switchbacks are very tight in some places.

Thank msenous6
Reviewed 31 August 2018

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...More

3  Thank Thea H
Reviewed 10 July 2018

Not only is this road a beautiful drive, with stunning waterfalls dotted along - the pigs are the cutest and something that you will never see anywhere.

Thank Jordienz
Reviewed 31 May 2018

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
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
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 11 nearby hotels
Castle Rock Winery
12 reviews
8.69 km away
The Olive Motel
117 reviews
8.94 km away
Anchor Lodge Coromandel
365 reviews
9.35 km away
Coromandel TOP 10 Holiday Park
314 reviews
9.46 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 27 nearby restaurants
Wharf Road
86 reviews
9.21 km away
Driving Creek Cafe
262 reviews
11.17 km away
Coromandel Mussell Kitchen
364 reviews
5.64 km away
Pepper Tree Restaurant & Bar
797 reviews
9.22 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 29 nearby attractions
Waiau Falls Walk
37 reviews
.02 km away
The Waterworks
506 reviews
1.94 km away
Fish N Tits Charters
6 reviews
7.73 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
6 August 2018|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from Thea H | Reviewed this property |
Don't even bother to go on the road. It is a disaster waiting to happen and I agree about the pigs. After mentioning the road to some locals they all asked if we stopped at the wild pigs. We stopped to take photos but didn't... More
6 August 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from heykuri | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it's dog friendly.
31 March 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from heykuri | Reviewed this property |
If you have a nice chat and assure him it would be cared for and not eaten, I think he might be open to the idea. I had several chat with him over a few days, fascinating guy. Last of the hippies! He even sleeps with the... More