Coromandel Coastal Walkway/Rapaura Water Gardens
Rapaura Water Gardens
Yesterday, we made our way down the coast from Orewa to Coromandel, visiting beautiful Rapaura Water Gardens at Tapu en route.
Must Do - Coromandel Coastal Walkway
Today we embark on a pre-booked tramp along the Coromandel Coastal Walkway with Coromandel Discovery.
The tail end of the cyclone followed us down the coast, so it was a damp day. But even without good weather, this tramp rewards you with beautiful views across the coast pretty all the way through.
From Fletcher Bay, it is a 3 – 4 hr 10km self-guided trek over to Stony Bay with a pick up back to Coromandel Town.
We stopped off at Colville on the way to Fletcher Bay. The population is only 70 there – they have a great little general store stocking everything from organic potatoes to fishing tackle and a myriad of other useful bits and pieces – a bit of a godsend for this remote little community.
The peninsula road up the coast is unmade for most of the way making the trip a bit of a bone shaker. The route is fringed with majestic pohutukawa trees, some over 1000 years old..
What worries the people up here?
Kiwi extinction – no dogs are allowed on the walking trails to protect these increasingly endangered little birds.
Loss of the native kauri trees – diseases are earth borne, so they are meticulous about cleaning your boots at the start and end of a walk. Our walking boots were sprayed with disinfectant when we landed at the airport.
Immigration – especially from China – is driving up property prices.
Drowning is apparently the biggest cause of death in New Zealand. We drove through a deep ford and clambered over many streams on the walk today, but thankfully arrived back at Coromandel Town safe and sound.
Walking through the dense bush forest – multitude of different greens and a lovely fresh smell surrounded us as we squashed through the damp undergrowth and ferns.
We saw very few people on the walk – but two of those we did se were walking barefoot – getting in touch with nature this way is all the rage here, apparently!