beautiful peninsula, on the eastern side of the North Island, is a favourite holiday
for New Zealander’s. For nature lovers, the white sandy beaches and lush green
forests of the Coromandel bring travellers back time and again. Not surprisingly, with
of coastline, the ocean is a destination in itself.
Charming beach towns offer friendly hospitality, where a quiet walk along the beach is just
stone’s throw away. Those who like to fish, scuba dive, swim or kayak will be in
element. Beaches, from Whangamata to Hahei to Cathedral Cove, each have their own
perfect for a stroll or surf.
For a unique experience, head to Hot Water Beach, where at low tide you can dig a pool in the sand. Natural hot springs below bubble up and mingle with the cool, incoming tide to create a hot spa in the sand.
Cathedral Cove is an icon of the region – take a two-hour return walk to this stunning beach with a giant rock arch separating two beaches, which can be walked through. Part of a marine reserve, it is an unspoilt environment. See the amazing marine life close up on a glass bottom boat cruise – or perhaps jump into the waters and snorkel amongst the fish. Sea-kayaking from Hahei to Cathedral Cove offers a unique perspective of magnificent Cathedral Cove.
The region is famous as a gold mining area but is now a walker’s paradise, with a range of scenic trails for all fitness levels – from multi-day treks to short coastal or river walks. The Karangahake Gorge offers a number of walks including the Historic Windows Walkway between Paeroa and Waihi following an old railway line.
The Coromandel area is also renowned for its colourful arts and crafts, and is home to talented local artists. In April/May Coromandel artists open their doors to art lovers to see them at work - the Great Coromandel Arts Tour includes painting, pottery, jewellery and sculpture. A unique experience is a visit to Driving Creek Railway where you can travel on the scenic narrow gauge mountain railway through regenerating native forest to visit potter Barry Bricknell.
On a sunny day, there is nothing better than just hanging out at the beach – popular beaches in the region include Hahei, Whangamata, Cooks Beach, Matarangi, Waihi Beach and Pauanui. New Chums Beach, accessible only by foot or boat, has been voted one of the world’s top 10 beaches, but all beaches in the area are stunning.