COROMANDEL, NEW ZEALAND
The Coromandel, with pristine beaches, native forests and laid-back vibe, is one of New Zealand’s most popular and best-loved holiday destinations. A binocular’s view across the gulf from Auckland, the Coromandal is everything that a big city isn’t. Cloaked in native rainforest with dazzling white sand beaches, it is rustic, unspoiled and relaxed. Activities and attractions are plentiful. You might choose skydiving in Whitianga or a guided sea kayak tour around the coast. You could take a walk in the coolness of the pristine bush - the Coromandel is a walker’s paradise – or simply sit and relax in a warm bubbling pool at Hot Water Beach. You might even like to explore your own secret lagoon in Donut Island. And there are many more. The Coromandel is the home of many artists and craftspeople. Pop into their studios – you’re welcome to visit – and pick up a unique piece of art or pottery to take home with you. It’s also the home of many events and concerts that draw locals and visitors alike to this remarkable place. Staying in the Coromandel is easy. Most of the accommodation providers have found themselves spectacular locations so whether your tastes are for the upmarket or the simple, you’ll find a room – or tent site – with an amazing view.
You'll find Middle-earth magic when you discover Donut Island's secret lagoon.
Hot Water Beach
Dig your own hot pool just metres from the Pacific Ocean. This beach is phenomenal in more ways than one.
Onemana Beach is a little gem of coastal paradise - it's likely you will love it so much you won't want to leave.
Hahei and Cathedral Cove
From beautiful Hahei Beach you can walk to Cathedral Cove, where a naturally formed archway deserves photographic attention.
Enjoy nature walks, mountain biking, fishing and camping in the largest mainland forest within the Auckland region.
Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park
The Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park is a living museum of botanical history with 300 kilometres of tracks to explore.
The purpose-built holiday town of Pauanui is the perfect place to relax, with sandy beaches, forest walks, and laid back places to eat, shop and play golf.
Coromandel Coastal Walkway
Taking in views of Great Barrier Island, the Hauraki Gulf and Pacific Ocean, this ranks as one of the most beautiful coastal walks in the country.
Bring your binoculars to Miranda and see how many bird species you can spot. Call into the information centre to confirm your sightings.
Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway
Follow a river and a disused train route through a ruggedly scenic gorge. Memories of the gold mining days linger on.
Colville and Beyond
Take a scenic drive to the northern end of Coromandel Peninsula and discover beautiful isolated beaches and remote forest trails.
Tuhua (Mayor Island)
Mayor Island is the summit of a volcano rising from the sea floor. It's both a wildlife and marine reserve.
Wentworth Valley Walks
Camp beside a river in a quiet rural valley and walk through native forest to a picturesque waterfall and abandoned gold mines.
Cook's Coast Beaches
Catch the ferry to enjoy a string of delightful sandy beaches on the Pacific Ocean coast of the Coromandel Peninsula.
Historic Coromandel Township
This historic town makes an excellent base for blissful days of forest hiking and beach-hopping.
Set against a backdrop of native forest park, the relaxed surf town of Whangamata is a place to catch a wave, a fish or a delicious café meal.
Explore local history in a colonial mining town on the doorstep of the scenic Coromandel Peninsula. Plan your wilderness adventures over great coffee.
Climb a volcanic peak, kayak around the harbour, surf at the beach and explore the surrounding forest. This picturesque holiday town has it all.
Once a wild colonial gold rush town, Coromandel is a place to enjoy Victorian architecture, arts and crafts, beaches and forest walks.
Explore a large valley furnished with rivers, waterfalls and native forest. Follow established tracks and camp beneath the stars.
On Kawhia's ocean beach you can dig your own spa pool. Heated water bubbles up through the sand from a geothermal spring.
Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve
From Hahei Beach you can walk to the snorkelling trail at Gemstone Bay - a self-guided underwater tour.
TOWNS IN COROMANDEL
The Coromandel, with a rich gold-mining history and stunning beaches, is a summer holiday mecca. Whitianga and Whangamata are two favourite towns to visit.
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