Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Port Jackson - Wharekaiatua Pa

Coromandel, Waikato

Submitted by Leon Klijmeij

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 8 ?

Gnarl Factor: 12 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, small hills only



Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +6.0%

Average Downhill Gradient: -6.8%


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From the Port Jackson DOC campground follow Fletcher Bay Road for about 3 km until you reach the top of Muriwai Hilltop.
Turn left onto the Muriwai Walk track and follow the ridge. At the end of the ridge make your way down to the beach and follow this till you are back at the campground.

Stunning coastal views across to Great Barrier and the Hauraki Gulf.

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No public transport.
Port Jackson is about 55 km north of Coromandel. From Coromandel take the Colville Road for about 22 km until the Whangaahei Junction, then turn left and follow the Port Jackson Road until you get to Fantail Bay. From Fantail Bay follow the road for a futher 8 km.
Drive along Fletcher Bay Road till you get to the Port jackson DOC Campground.
Please make sure that you fill up your car before leaving Coromandel town.

55 km

83 minutes




Generally good.

Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone

You'll need to take your own

Track should be fine all year around.
The road to get to Port Jackson can be closed due to slips. It pays to check before heading out there.

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Trail Reviews

An amazing run. We actually decided to do an out and back on the trail rather than run on the road. Started at the boat ramp and ran up to the road, then back down, along the beach, turned right at the end, then back along the road to the boat ramp. Beautiful runnable cliff top trail, stairs up and down add to the challenge. Awesome views out to Aotea GBI.

Anne-Louise Robertson

December 30, 2023

Absolutely love this part of the Coromandel Peninsula. Quiet, steep enough to get the legs burning, and stunning views from the top. Add on a loop down to Fletcher Bay via the gravel road, just be prepared to dodge a car or two at busy times of year.

Brad Harris

March 3, 2020

Actually did this yonks ago in combo with an ascent of Mt Moehau. Camped up at Stony Bay. Great remote feel up here

Tony Sharpe

September 23, 2019

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