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The 309 Road

309 Road Between Whitianga to Coromandel, Coromandel, New Zealand
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Needs work and dangerous

This road is one of the major route to go towards popular tourist attractions like hot water beach... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Auckland Central, New Zealand
via mobile
Can be dangerous

You should take this road if you are going to visit Waiau waterfalls or if you are headed to Hahei... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Orange County, California
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  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“gravel road” (28 reviews)
“kauri grove” (31 reviews)
“castle rock” (8 reviews)
309 Road Between Whitianga to Coromandel, Coromandel, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This road is one of the major route to go towards popular tourist attractions like hot water beach and cathedral cove. Drove on the way to these places from Coromandel town and the way is ungravelled which makes it hard for the car as well...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You should take this road if you are going to visit Waiau waterfalls or if you are headed to Hahei. Most part of the road is dirt and wavy and some cars are driving crazily fast so be careful. There was a pig farm or...More

Thank Ibo1980
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

THE 309 is a road like no other. It is so named for its 309 corners, and those who named it were not joking. It is a challenging drive as only about a quarter of it is sealed, the rest being 'metalled' (gravel, to you)....More

Thank mekydro
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nothing great about this route. It is a gravel road which goes through the mountains with lot of sharp turns.

1  Thank Maithili S
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

This road is not to bad , you don't need 4x4 , but it it gravel , windy , up and down , narrow and has fords in places . Not a lot of places to turn around if your towing. It's not a road...More

1  Thank Psarj
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

After reading the reviews thought this was going to to be a dangerous road. But it turned out to be a great road sure there is gravel for less than half of it plenty of turns no more than most of the roads in the...More

Thank Mark D
Reviewed 3 November 2017

This road probably isn't for the faint hearted or for those of a nervous disposition but we loved doing it. Yes, its a bit hairy if you meet other traffic but drive to the conditions and you will be fine! We did it in a...More

1  Thank speedsister
Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

Holy moley! was that a road...locals go way to fast & hog the road..width of which is no wider than a footpath in most places...my heart was in my mouth...no guard rails to speak of so, when we were forced off road I’d close my...More

1  Thank Anne W
Reviewed 1 November 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed the drive as it takes you through hilly terrain with at times narrow roads. The drive itself demands a bit of patience and moderate concentration. We all enjoyed the walk through the Kauri grove and admired mother nature's beauty and charisma. A must...More

1  Thank SanjuRana
Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

Came back from Hot Water Beach over this road. In a hire car!! Can be done if you are careful and not trying out for rally driver of the year!! Not the scariest road in NZ, but it is not for those who who ever...More

Thank Mandy R
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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
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