We said goodbye to Auckland and started the next part of our trip which was a 3 hour drive over to Coromandel. Our first stop was on the West coast of the Coromandel Peninsula where we walked around looking for clams and oysters. There were a few other people out who were collecting some in their buckets to take home and cook up.
We enjoyed walking down in the ankle deep water and taking a look, as the tide was pretty far out.
The day was pretty overcast with scattered showers, so it was a little dreary out, but we still had fun!
Next we took the 309 road, which goes from the south of Coromandel and ends near Whitianga. The road was a small windy dirt road, but there ended up being lots to do!
Our first stop came about 20 minutes in when we stopped by a place that had 50 little pigs running around. Luckily, earlier we had stopped and grabbed a brochure to let us know that this place was known as Stuart’s pigs! Stuart is a friendly fellow that has many pigs that wander around the side of the road. Tourists like us all stop to take a look at the pigs and chat with Stuart. Stuart even encourages people to pick up his pigs for a photo! It was an awesome stop!
A few kilometers past Stuart’s pigs was a place to stop and take a short 5 minute hike to see a waterfall. It was totally worth the walk.
Despite being the #8 out of 12 things to do on trip advisor, I highly recommend taking the 309 road!