Coromandel Peninsula

A World Away From the Hustle and Bustle

A leisurely hour-and-a-half’s drive from Auckland is the relaxed coastal lifestyle and natural beauty of the Coromandel Peninsula, home to more than 400 kilometres of stunning coastline, lined with quiet coves and beaches fringed with misty rainforests.

Evidence of Coromandel’s gold mining and maritime past are scattered throughout the small towns and ports along the rugged coastline. Cook’s Coast refers to a string of beaches where Captain Cook beached his ship, the Endeavour to carry out repairs. The historic towns of Thames and Coromandel were the scene of New Zealand’s first gold rush in the 1850s. Take a step back in time at Karangahake Gorge, home of the 1875 gold rush and ride the Goldfields Vintage Railway, which runs from Waikino to Waihi. You can even view an active gold mine – the Martha Mine at Waihi.

Enjoy a huge array of natural activities here with an extensive range of treks, walks, rides or guided kayak trips. Walk to the summit of Pauanui Mountain, take a two hour guided kayak trip to Cathedral Cove, walk to the foot of the Waiau Falls, or wander along the Cook’s coast from Stone Steps Wharf to Lonely Bay.

Insiders' Tips

  • Fresh Scallops: Nothing beats fresh Coromandel Peninsula scallops – they are in season during the spring.
  • Hot Water Beach: A hot spring bubbles out onto Hot Water Beach in the southern part of Mercury Bay. Make sure you arrive an hour before low tide to dig your own beach spa.
  • Wax Lyrical Overlooking Cook’s Bay: Shakespeare Cliff offers truly poetic views of Mercury Bay.
  • Railway with a View: Take the Driving Creek Railway up the hillside through tunnels and over bridges to the 'Eyefull Tower' for the awesome view.
  • Kauri Grove: Visit the Waiau Kauri Groves to see some of the best specimens of these ancient and huge trees!
  • Coromandel Town: Beautiful Coromandel town is a hidden gem of colonial architecture and centre of the region.

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