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Fun D tour of the beaten track

A lot of corners on a dirt road so don't drive it if you are not comfortable with this. As you see... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
FJS10
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Quirky Coromandel

Loved the Waterworks.....very funny, quirky info based around water. Some of the displays are a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Vjmite77
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We wanted to see the grove of khauri trees but after driving for nearly 30 min. on a twisty grave road with no signs to indicate where we were, we turned back for ice cream at the Waterworks. Apparently we were within 3 km of...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lot of corners on a dirt road so don't drive it if you are not comfortable with this. As you see some tourist struggling. And watch your belongings if you sit down at the waterfall or streams. Make sure you can take your time...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank FJS10
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not much to say - it's a gravel road. Bit narrow in places and you occasionally meet someone come round a corner on your side! Surface is a little ridged but otherwise good quality metal road. Didn't see any potholes. You don't need 4WD for...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank MoragHughson
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved the Waterworks.....very funny, quirky info based around water. Some of the displays are a little tired which only slightly distracts from the overall experience.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Vjmite77
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

NOT for Rentalcars, campervans/mobilehomes!! This is a tight,twisting,part gravel & steep shortcut between the towns of Coromandel and Whitianga...Chances of meeting a truck or another vehicle in middle of road 15 out of 10... Far better to take the scenic route(SH25) via Matarangi...tarseal all the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Phil P
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I was expecting worse from the reviews, well maintained, but yes mostly gravel and one lane wide in spots, but lots of areas to pass on coming traffic

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Julie P
Reviewed 13 February 2019

This road is mostly well maintained gravel, but is an essential visit because of the kauri walk. The trees are genuinely awesome and it is a tragedy so many were logged. Thank God these were saved. The waterfall just beforen (going East) is a minor...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Oliverjulian
Reviewed 28 January 2019

Loved this piece of NZ. The road is windy and dusty but theres places along the way you can stop. There is the local pig farmer who has pigs that wander across the road and is a tourist spot although we didnt stop. Be careful...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Arnie1000
Reviewed 9 January 2019

The 309 is an unsealed gravel road that is steep and full of tight bends. If you are comfortable on gravel roads it is an interesting drive, but otherwise not much fun. The piglets along the way are cute but the pigs wander the road...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Rangingmummy
Reviewed 7 January 2019

A road not for the faint hearted- mainly gravel, steep in parts and winding. There’s a quarry along the way - wouldnt want to get stuck behind a quarry wagon or indeed meet one coming towards you. We thought it would be a short cut...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank 1761798Susan
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MayaB1167
6 August 2018|
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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
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Yes, it's dog friendly.
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31 March 2018|
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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
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