Kiwis Love The Coromandel
Iconic Pacific Coast Attractions
Hot Water Beach is a natural phenomenon that lures thousands of tourists at low tide to dig there own natural hot pool. 10 minutes away is the renowned Cathedral Cove located in Te Whanganui o Hei marine reserve. The protected wildlife sanctuary features a snorkel trail however if it’s deep water diving you're after head to the many offshore islands - including the Alderman Islands just off Tairua. While there experience world class fishing for snapper, kingfish and marlin found along the 400km stretch of Coromandel coast. Hot Water Beach and Tairua also attract the surfers, as does the surf town of Whangamatā and the famous left-hand bar. Whangamatā is also home to the magical experience , accessible by paddleboard and kayak. Another world class attraction is New Chum Beach, fiercely protected by lcals, this natural icon receives esteemed reviews in traveller guide books.
The hidden past of The Coromandel Ranges
The Coromandel’s native forest is home to The Pinnacles walk which retraces the steps of the pioneers who attempted to tame the rugged landscapes in search of Kauri timber and gold. In the same valley is the recently discovered Sleeping God Canyon , challenging adventurers to a 300-metre descent that includes abseiling, rock slides, zip lines and epic waterhole jumps. For a more tranquil experience, wander the Karangahake Gorge that offers glimpses into a gold mining past via walking and cycle trails. Right throughout The Coromandel forest park are walks and waterholes to be enjoyed year round.
Cycle the Coromandel
The Hauraki Rail Trail celebrates the provincial towns of Thames, Paeroa, Waihi and Te Aroha. Bringing to life the café culture, boutique eateries and country pubs that make for pleasant stops along the grade 1 journey. Along the way are plenty of photo opportunities next to the grazing dairy cows, the giant Lemon & Paeroa bottle (New Zealand’s proudly owned soft drink), the Owharoa Falls and the old Waihi Pumphouse. Head north of Coromandel Town to Colville for the quiet country roads where the only traffic jam you’ll encounter is a mob of sheep followed by a friendly farmer. While there check out the walkways in the Northern Coromandel that navigates the tip of the peninsula with views across to Great Barrier Island.
There’s no better place to enjoy a road trip
The Coromandel is blessed with scenic gems around every corner…and there are lots of corners. Travel the Shorebird Coast and stop off to watch the migrating birds before heading to the Thames Coast highway. Don't miss the Thames Coast sunset across the firth of Thames. Like Port Jackson Rd it’s lined with Pohutukawa (New Zealand’s native Christmas Tree) alongside the rocky shoreline. The point of difference for Point Jackson Road is the isolation and gravel surface accentuating the off the beaten track reputation The Coromandel is known for. A quick ride, ideally on the back of a Harley-Davidson, is a must through the picturesque Karangahake Gorge that winds alongside the Ohinemuri river. These roads are a highlight of the Pacific Coast Highway which runs from Auckland down to Hawke’s Bay.
Homegrown on The Coromandel
Not too long ago The Coromandel was famous for its hippy culture, this culture is still alive and well today demonstrated via the love for all things natural and homegrown . Locally produced food, art, and music contribute to an enriching experience for travelers to The Coromandel. Fresh seafood is served roadside and award-winning restaurants. If you’ve come to escape from the pressures of life there are plenty of retreats available such as The Lost Spring thermal spa and Restaurant, and Driving Creek Railway, a train journey through native forest and working art gallery. An obsession with each of these places became a labour of love for the creators, and they are now two of the region's most visited attractions.