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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 15 October 2018
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 7 October 2018
Runaway Bay, Australia
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309 Road Between Whitianga to Coromandel, Coromandel, New Zealand
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 9 October 2014

We recently drove Route 309 out of Whitianga to Coromandel, very much enjoying this 22 kilometre stretch of uneven, windy roads, that scale up and down hills and place you in some lovely country in Coromandel. In addition to enjoying the actual drive and scenery,...More

4  Thank BradJill
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 18 March 2015

We stopped at a garden centre on the outskirts of the town of Coromandel. A lady there asked where we had driven from. We said from Whitianga, along the 309. The look on her face said everything from WHY? To, ARE YOU INSANE? The 309...More

4  Thank Wits_End_Norfolk
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Try to avoid it!!! it is two way, narrow, no paving, sliding gravel.. so, get away... do not, never, avoid!

Thank CarlosQ790
Reviewed 3 days ago

Warning This is a precariuous road that is unsealed, very narrow and not a good road to take. I advise choose another route - go the scenic route - in winter the 309 washes out & loses gravel so becomes muddy & slippery, in summer...More

Thank janine d
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Rough windy road with some nice views. Interesting Wild Pig farm about half way. Nice waterfall quite close to the road which would be a great place to cool off on a warm day. Probably more pleasant to do on weekday when not so much...More

Thank Paul L
Reviewed 15 October 2018 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 7 October 2018 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 JeffreyClarkeCameron
Reviewed 5 October 2018

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 5 October 2018 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 christinelm2017
Reviewed 17 September 2018

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 30 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
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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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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