The beauty and solitude of the remote upper Coromandel Peninsula is something every Kiwi must experience once in their lifetime. With several of the country's best Department of Conservation (DoC) campsites dotted along the coastline at the likes of Waikawau Bay, Fantail Bay, Stony Bay and Fletchers Bay, there is no shortage of places to pitch a tent, usually within a few metres of a deserted beach.
The Coastal Walkway linking Fletchers Bay to Stony Bay would rank as one of the most beautiful coastal walks in the country, taking in views of Great Barrier Island, Cuvier, the Hauraki Gulf and Pacific Ocean.
The 3 hour walk - in the shadow of the brooding Mt Moehau which dominates the landscape - traverses pristine bush, farmland and coastline. Stony Bay and Fletchers Bay are both hidden jewels in their own right and worth a night camping at each end.
Regular shuttles from Coromandel town link each end of the 4 hour one way trek.