With its beautiful scenery and curving rhythm the Coromandel Loop is a favourite for Kiwi riders. The Loop is a challenging ride, which means the things that make it enjoyable also make it risky. That’s why you need to keep your head in the game.

The Coromandel Loop is made up of two loops:

  • Northern Loop (187.8km)
  • Southern Loop (129.7km)

It is recommended to stop regularly on your ride, so be sure to check out our handy map of the Coromandel [PDF, 1.2 MB] with distances between main towns and rest stops so you can start planning.

Your pre-ride checklist

  • Make sure the bike’s ready for a long journey
    Check your tyre treads and pressures, chain tension and lube, engine oil level, brake pads, suspension and fastenings.
  • How are your riding skills?
    “Practice makes perfect” applies to riding as much as anything. To improve your skill level and confidence, or to take your riding to the next level consider taking a Ride Forever course.(external link)
  • Make sure you’ve got the right gear
    Full-face helmet, gloves, suit with body armour and back protector, proper riding boots.
  • Check your route map [PDF, 1.2 MB] and plan your stops in advance.
    You’re going to have to rest and rehydrate to keep your head in the game.
  • Think about an overnight break
    It’s a long road and there’s plenty of places to stay in the Coromandel.
  • Check the weather forecast(external link)
    Be prepared to postpone if things look bad.
  • Check the road conditions
    Take a look at the NZTA Traffic page(external link) or follow the NZTA Waikato BoP Facebook(external link) page for live updates and planned road works.
  • Check for local events(external link) that may affect your ride.

Tips for staying upright

  • It’s safer to ride the Coromandel loop clockwise if you can, especially in winter when there may be more gravel and the road is damp.
  • Perfect your cornering – brake on the straight when you’re upright, set up a slow, wide entry and then roll the throttle on smoothly through the corner for a faster, tighter and safer exit.
  • Keep your head on your side of the centreline on right-handers.
  • Watch out for other road users – sightseers, cyclists, drivers.
  • Ride at your own pace, especially if you’re part of a group.
  • Take regular breaks to rest and rehydrate.

How we've made the Loop safer

A series of safety improvements have been implemented to reduce the number and severity of crashes involving motorcyclists on this route. 

Safety improvement Description
Bridge protection Guardrails installed on bridges and approaches providing protection.
Delineation improved The edgeline width has been doubled to 200mm to improve rider awareness of the road.
Drains improved Drains reshaped and filled in to remove steep drop-offs.
Hazard modification Large concrete drainage pipes on the side of the road were replaced with more forgiving structures.
Hazard protection More guardrails at steep drop-offs installed to contain a rider if they leave the road.
Rescue helicopter landing areas Installed new helipads so injured riders can receive medical treatment faster.
Road surface improved Resealed or treated to create a more consistent surface.
Sealed property entrances Entrances sealed along the route to reduce the amount of loose material on the road.
Signage upgraded Signs and chevrons upgraded to provide consistency and improve curve readability.
Trialling perceptual counter measures Different road markings on deceptive corners, designed to reduce the rider’s speed and improve their lane position.
Under-run barriers Motorcycle friendly safety barriers protecting riders from hitting barrier posts.
Visibility improved Bank removed to improve rider visibility through corners.

Northern Loop safety improvements

Construction has begun on a $2.5 million project to install a range of treatments aimed at keeping motorcyclists safer on the Northern Coromandel Loop. The safety improvements should be completed by mid-December 2017. View media release.

Frequently asked questions

Share your experience

Riding the Loop really brings motorcyclists together. Share your experiences on social media with the hashtag #livefortheloop.

Project partners

This project involves partners working with the Transport Agency including: ACC(external link), Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council(external link), NZ Police(external link), Waikato Regional Council(external link), Thames-Coromandel Council(external link), Hauraki District Council(external link) and motorcycle user groups.