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Coromandel, New Zealand is rugged and mysterious place. Coromandel is also a beautiful place with many stunning beaches. It is one of New Zealand\'s best-loved holiday destinations.

Coromandel Overview

Coromandel, New Zealand
Coromandel, New Zealand

The Coromandel Peninsula lies east of Auckland, on the other side of the Hauraki Gulf, and has an estimated population of just under 27,000 people in the combined Thames and Coromandel Districts.

Rustic, relaxed and unspoiled, the Coromandel is one of New Zealand's best-loved holiday destinations.

The rugged volcanic hills are cloaked in native rainforest, and more than 400 kilometres of spectacular coastline promises you can find the beach of your dreams. The Coromandel is a place where bush and beach are both easily accessible. In the same day, you can experience the blue dazzle of the Pacific Ocean and calming greenness of the kauri forest.

On the west coast, there's a never-ending parade of beaches, coves and harbours lined with pohutukawa trees (a red flowering native of New Zealand).

The eastern side of the Coromandel is furnished with an amazing collection of white sand and surf beaches, and an impressive, heavily forested mountain range runs right up the middle of the peninsula.

Coromandel Highlights

The Coromandel's fascinating history is evident in gold mining relics, logging dams and ancient Maori pa (fortified village) sites. The past can also be found in the charming colonial architecture and historical buildings preserved in several towns around the region.

Image Source: Tourism New Zealand. Whangapoua, Coromandel, New Zealand
Whangapoua
Coromandel, New Zealand
Photographer: Gareth Eyres
(www.exposure.co.nz)

The coastal nature of the Coromandel makes it a brilliant choice if you like to fish, surf, dive, swim or wander along beaches. For contrast you can head for the hills and hike the trails in the forest.

Local cuisine could be as simple as fish and chips or as elegant as Crayfish Mornay. Cafes and restaurants make the most of the seafood that can be easily caught in the surrounding waters.

The inspirational natural beauty of the Coromandel has led to the area becoming a haven for artists and crafts people. Take time to discover the many galleries and studios—you'll gain lasting pleasure when you purchase a piece of art directly from its creator.

Coromandel Main Centres

  • Thames - gateway to the Coromandel
  • Whitianga - a holiday resort
  • Coromandel Town - known for its relaxed lifestyle and arts community
  • Whangamata - another holiday resort
  • Paeroa - the home of a famous New Zealand beverage
  • Waihi - centre of gold - past and present

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