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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +727/703 ft
Total: 2 riders
 

Mountain Biking The Coromandel Walkway

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#111 of 415 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#8940 in the world

Here is how DOC describes The Coromandel Walkway:

"The coastal walk between Stony and Fletcher Bays crosses farmland and goes through coastal forest with views of the Pinnacles, Great Barrier Island to the north, and Cuvier Island in the east. The track follows an easy gradient with a short steep section in to and out of Poley Bay. It is part of an old bridle path formed by early pioneers to link the two bays."

It's a wonderful, remote ride along the coast generally ridden out and back. As the name suggests it is shared with walkers and there can be lots of them on summer weekends.

If you want to do a circuit there is the option to climb up over the hills on a parallel trail which DOC calls the Coromandel Mountain Bike Track. You'll gain 500 metres (1600 feet), and only ultra fitness freaks will avoid pushing their bikes most the way up - it's steep! The view at the top is awesome and is followed by a steep grassy descent that mainly follows a fence back down meet up with the Walkway. The Walkway is much more fun so most riders just go out and back on that.

Before you go
  • Drinking water
  • No E-bikes permitted
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter
  • No Fee required
  • No Lift service
  • No Night riding allowed
  • No Pump track
  • Restrooms
Getting there
This trail goes along the rugged and remote Coromandel coast between Stony Bay and Fletcher Bay. To get to either end of the trail involves long and winding gravel roads. Stony Bay: From Coromandel town it's a one and a half hour drive via either Colville or Kennedy Bay. Fletcher Bay: From Coromandel town head for Colville then take the coastal road up round the western tip of the Coromandel peninsular. It's a one and a half hour drive. It's difficult to describe the routes in detail. Best bet is to use your GPS or smartphone.
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  • Jim Cummings
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    It's a really nice ride in a remote and rugged coastal corner of the planet. I rode it as a circuit going out from Stony Bay on the mountain bike trail that goes over the top of the hill. While the views at the top of the trail will give you that "top of the world" feeling, most people won't enjoy pushing their bikes up there.

    Riding back on the actual walkway was a real buzz. It's fairly flat and fast apart from the dip into Poley Bay which provides a bit of technical interest and a bit of pushing.

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