The walkway can be navigated in either direction, starting at either Fletcher Bay or Stony Bay with your local transport providers or guides
The Coastal Walkway Tour begins with guided/shuttle services in Coromandel Town. Pick up and drop off can be arranged from Whitianga, Colville and Tangiaro Kiwi Retreat. Please note rental cars are not insured beyond Colville.
From Fletcher Bay
The return walk from Fletcher Bay will take 4hrs return for an able-bodied person.
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.
From Stony Bay
The return walk from Stony Bay will take 2.5 hrs return for an able-bodied person.
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.
Mountain Bike trail
An 8km mountain bike trail utilises part of the Coastal Walkway, but is only suitable for advanced riders as the track is a steep traverse, often slippery and challenging.