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Discover The Beaches, Rain Forests and Gravel Roads of the Coromandel with a Motorcycle and a Tent.

Updated: Oct 27

Calling all busy blokes who've been itching to escape the daily grind and hit the road on a self guided motorcycle tour through the breathtaking Coromandel! Good news, mate! Moto New Zealand has got your back, offering epic routes through the Coromandel's best spots on two wheels. And guess what? We've even sorted out the motorcycle, camping spots and even the camp gear for ya! So, chuck on your helmet, and get ready to soak up the relaxed kiwi vibes of the Coromandel's stunning beaches. It's time to unleash your inner adventurer and experience the ride of a lifetime!






Starting in Auckland, this unforgettable journey will take you through picturesque coastal roads, charming towns, and breathtaking landscapes. From beachside cafes to camping under the starry sky, prepare for an adventure that combines the thrill of riding with the beauty of nature. This journey can be broken up into 5 sections of riding done in 2 or 3 days, riding through the must see spots of the Corolmandel.


Section 1: Auckland to Thames via Beachlands

- Begin your journey in Auckland, the gateway to this epic adventure.

- Ride through the scenic eastern beaches, enjoying the coastal breeze and stopping at charming beach cafes along the way.

- Arrive in Thames, a historic town nestled on the Firth of Thames, where you can explore its rich heritage and strech your legs in its welcoming atmosphere.


Section 2: Thames to Coromandel Town

- Continue your ride along the coastal winding road, soaking in the breathtaking views of the Coromandel Peninsula.

- Arrive in Coromandel Town, a quaint and vibrant destination known for its artistic community and laid-back vibe.

- Set up camp at a picturesque campsite, surrounded by nature, and enjoy the tranquility of the evening.


Section 3: Option 1 - Gravel Adventure to Port Jackson

- For the adventurous souls, embark on a thrilling gravel adventure to Port Jackson.

- Ride through unsealed roads, immersing yourself in the untamed beauty of the Coromandel Forest Park.

- Spend a night camping in Port Jackson, a secluded coastal paradise in Cape Coalville, and let the sounds of the ocean lull you to sleep.


Section 4: Option 2 - Hot Water Beach and the 309 Road

- Alternatively, choose the option to ride to Hot Water Beach, famous for its natural hot springs.

- Set up camp and take the opportunity to relax in the warm waters or explore the stunning Cathedral Cove on a Kayak tour.

- Embark on a gravel adventure through the legendary 309 Road, known for its twists, turns, and Jurassic Park like beauty.


Section 5: Return to Auckland via Waihi and Paeroa

- Bid farewell to the Coromandel Peninsula and begin your journey back to Auckland.

- Ride along twisty mountain roads, enjoying the thrill of the curves and the breathtaking Ridge top views.

- Pass through Waihi, a historic gold mining town, and Paeroa, home to the iconic L&P bottle.

- Finally, return to Auckland via State Highway 2, reflecting on the incredible memories made along the way.


Moto New Zealand's self-guided tour through the Coromandel Peninsula promises an unforgettable adventure. From the coastal roads of Auckland's Eastern Beaches and Thames to the camping experiences in Coromandel Town, Port Jackson, and Hot Water Beach, this journey offers a perfect blend of scenic beauty, thrilling rides, and relaxation.


At Moto New Zealand, we've got you covered, mate! Whether you need a bike, camp site and camp gear sorted, or just assistance with planning the route and booking accommodation, we're here to make your motorcycle weekend tour unforgettable. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to explore the wonders of the Coromandel and create memories that will last a lifetime.


So, what are you waiting for? Visit our website now to book your self-guided motorcycle adventure with Moto New Zealand. Get ready to hit the road, and experience the beauty of the Coromandel like a seasoned local adventurer. Don't let this opportunity pass you by, mate! Book now and let the adventure begin!

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