If you’re after more exertion than swimming, fishing or lolling about on the beaches, consider hiking from Fletcher Bay to Stony Bay along the gentle Coromandel Walkway (11km one-way; 3hr). The walk starts at the far end of the beach in Fletcher Bay and heads off into a no-man’s-land, first following gentle coastal hills that alternate between pasture and bush, before giving way to wilder terrain as you head further south past a series of tiny bays. Several hilltop vantage points provide spectacular vistas of the coast and Pacific Ocean beyond. Stony Bay is a sweep of pebbles with a bridge across an estuary that’s safe for swimming. The DOC leaflet Coromandel Recreation Information briefly describes the walk and shows a map, but the path is clearly marked.