How to get to The Coromandel?

The best way to experience The Coromandel is by car or with a guided/private tour. This will allow you to freely travel around the entire region at your own pace, and at the times that suit. Some of our experiences are tide dependent and therefore change daily.

There is the option of a flight from Auckland, Tauranga or Great Barrier Island to Whitianga, then hiring a rental vehicle or taking a private tour when you arrive.

Over the summer there is a ferry service from Auckland to Coromandel Town, however, this is seasonal and weather dependent.

What is the best time to visit Hot Water Beach?

The Hot Water Beach hot springs are only accessible around low tide. For the best chance to dig your personal pool, visit for two hours on either side of low tide. Check the low tide details before setting out.

Spades can be hired from several local outlets.

How far is The Coromandel from Auckland?

Only a 90-minute drive to Thames or Paeroa.

What are the driving times between towns?

Most towns are within about 45 minutes drive of one another, with a few exceptions. Check out our travel page  to help plan your trip.

Can you fly to The Coromandel?

There are three public airfields in the area, in Pauanui, Whitianga and Thames. There are regular commercial flights available between:

  • Auckland and Whitianga with Barrier Air,
  • Tauranga and Great Barrier to Whitianga with Sunair

What are the best beaches in The Coromandel?

Some of the most popular beaches include Hot Water Beach, New Chum, Whangamatā and Cathedral Cove, but we have many along our 400km coast. Most towns are close to a beach and if you take the time and explore, you will find one that will become your "best".

Does the ferry from Auckland to Coromandel Town carry cars?

No, this is a passenger ferry only. It is a seasonal service, currently on a break in 2023.

Do the ferries from Whitianga to Ferry Landing and also Tairua to Pauanui carry cars?

No, they are only for passengers, but you may take bicycles and scooters. The Whitianga ferry runs year-round but the Tairua-Pauanui ferry is a seasonal service only.

What is the difference between The Coromandel and Coromandel Town?

The Coromandel is the name of the region which is made up of several towns within the Thames-Coromandel and Hauraki Districts. Coromandel, aka Coromandel Town, is on the north-western coastline of The Coromandel.

Note: Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach are located on the eastern side of The Coromandel region, not in Coromandel Town.