The start …

To access the DOC coastal walk to Homunga Bay take the track leading off at the very northern end of Waihi beach past the surf club . There is usually plenty of parking unless its a long holiday week-end and as its a good days wander you won’t be starting that late anyways . 

The start as you ascend from the beach seems like some old bulldozed track but it soon reverts to a typical kiwi hiking trail which for the first while is really wide and well formed . 

The first part takes you to Orokawa Bay which is a very popular with walkers and runners as well as fishermen . Its a very  quiet beach as there is only the people there who have walked or paddled around . No corner shop or passing traffic at all so that makes for a real Kiwi slightly out of the way beach to chill out at . 

With all images if you want to enlarge them for a better look just mouse click on them . Easy …


3347 coromandel beach scene web by M Handley.

Looking back at Waihi beach township .

Orokawa bay

Orokawa bay

A good easy track to walk to the first bay .

The next part …

Along from Orokawa bay the track takes on a more DOC style of pathway . That is from a wide path it is more of a single lane  , even scrambling around slip faces at times . As with all DOC tracks the way is marked with orange markers so you can’t get lost at all . 

The route takes you to some astounding views of the coastline and sometimes you need to navigate some steepish bluffs but nothing to really worry about . 

No hordes of tourists here … just peaceful wandering thru bush and cliff . 

The nexr coastal spot is Boat Bay . Seems like its a favourite fishing spot by the steps and hand-holds carved into some of the rock faces to make tracks down to  the flat rock formations above some deep looking drop-offs . Plenty of bird life so the food will be there …

Boat Bay

Looking back at Orokawa Bay from coastal track .

Pays to have decent footwear .

Boat Bay ...

Huge Pohutakawa tree at Boat Bay

Rock formations at Boat Bay .

On the track ...

Bridge at Boat Bay

Homunga Bay from the coastal track

Destination … Homunga Bay .

The track ends along a winding escarpment above the coastline and joins the steep track from the road end before hitting the beach itself . 

This is the bay with the water-fall on the beach . This time – just after christmas – the water flow was a bit on the wimpish side . Hardly enough for a shower so shall include a image from a previous tramp here . 

One thing tho … as it takes a bit of effort to get here the chances of having lots of tourists is rather more remote . You can’t get the camper-van even close so time precious travellers may not even consider this pristine little hide-away .

Just typical Kiwi coastline in the Coromandel . Right on your door-step . 

You can also get track info from the DOC website – just google “doc homunga bay” . 

Make sure you click on the bottom image to get the panoramic view . 


The beach waterfall in Autumn .

Homunga Bay , Coromandel .

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