Mountain Bike Track
- 2 hours 30 mins return
- 8km return
- Track is challenging. Suitable for advanced riders
The remote northern part of The Coromandel is home to the spectacular Coromandel Coastal Walkway. The trip starts with a drive up the western coast, past the last outpost of Colville, where the store is a quirky landmark. The road becomes a gravel ribbon along the rocky shoreline, ducking under giant ancient Pohutukawa tress, passing an old granite wharf, then mounting the western flanks of Mount Moehau to reach the northern bays, and finally Fletcher Bay, one of the starting points for the walk. Sacred Moehau is often shrouded in mist, hiding the burial place of many chiefs, including Tamatekapua of Te Arawa and sheltering the rare and endangered tiny Archey’s frog.
Alternatively you can head inland across Port Charles Road through the settlements of Port Charles before arriving at Stony Bay.
The walkway can be navigated in either direction, starting at either Fletcher Bay or Stony Bay. The walk will take you about 7 hours return, or you may choose to use one of the local transport providers or guides who can arrange for your pick up at the other end.
From Coromandel Town, follow Colville Road north for 31 km to Colville Bay. From there, take Port Jackson Road for 30 km to Fletcher Bay or Port Charles Road for 20 km to Stony Bay.
From Fletcher Bay to Stony Bay
The walkway sets off across farmland, over a fence and then an upper track branches off to the right, taking mountain bikers higher along the ridges, following the same route. The path soon takes you through pristine native bush as you climb around several headlands to peer cautiously off the sheer cliffs into clear, sparkling water many metres below.
The track descends to small rocky bays, often with a trickling stream to cross before remounting the headlands where the views are expansive. It will take you a bit more than three hours to reach Stony Bay.
From Stony Bay to Fletcher Bay
Taking the trail from Stony Bay heading towards Fletcher Bays you will cross farmland and head through coastal forest with views of the Pinnacles, Great Barrier Island (Aotea Island) to the north and Cuvier Island (Repanga Island) in the east. The track follows an easy gradient with a short steep section in to and out of Poley Bay.
A signposted lookout 1 hr 15 min along the track makes a shorter walking option, and gives outstanding views along the coast north to Sugar Loaf and Pinnacles area and south towards Port Charles. 45 min on from this lookout, the track descends steeply to Poley Bay. Swimming here is hazardous because of submerged rocks. A short steep climb out of Poley Bay brings the track out on to farmland where it heads down to Fletcher Bay.