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Join Coromandel Discovery's one-day Coromandel tour and explore the remote upper Coromandel Peninsula.
This is a magnificent part of New Zealand and the views are breathtaking!
Your Coromandel tour driver, Barbara Peddie, has lived and worked in the northern Coromandel for 24 years. Barbara is passionate about the area, has huge local knowledge, and delights in showing visitors this very special part of New Zealand.
We will collect you from your accommodation in Coromandel town at 8:30 am and bus you to the top of the Coromandel Peninsula over beautiful winding roads fringed with pohutukawa trees – stopping for tea or coffee at the Green Snapper cafe in Colville if you wish, or we may have a picnic on the beach at Port Jackson.
The views on this Coromandel tour are magnificent, and we will stop whenever you ask for you to take photos. We sometimes follow pods of dolphins and orca (killer whales) along the coast, just a few metres from the road! Our Coromandel Peninsula tours also give you an informative commentary on the history, geology and ecology of the area, plus Maori legends and some local gossip!
From Fletchers Bay, you begin a three to four-hour self-guided trek over the Coromandel Coastal Walkway, traversing farmland, coastline and pristine native bush. Photo opportunities are endless! (Or you may stay on the bus for the scenic drive).
You then meet your Coromandel tour bus at Stony Bay for refreshments, a well-earned rest, and maybe a swim – in the sea or the crystal-clear stream. We then travel back via Port Charles and Colville, arriving in Coromandel Town approximately 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Trip includes: Pick-up and drop-off at accommodation in Coromandel town, bottled water, walking poles and map for the walk. Tea, coffee and delicious homemade cake or fruit loaf at the end of the walk... plus a couple of surprises!
Bring: Your lunch, sunscreen and sunhat, good walking shoes, swimsuit and towel in summer, your camera, and suitable clothing for the season.
Tell us where you would like to go! Coromandel charters (short, or up to one day) are available, for example to East Coast beaches, Cathedral Cove or Hot Water Beach, or The Waterworks and Kauri Grove on the famous 309 Road.
East of Auckland, on the other side of the Hauraki Gulf, lies the Coromandel Peninsula.
An impressive, heavily forested mountain range runs right up the middle of this peninsula—its bordered on each side by kilometres of spectacular coastline. 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.
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.
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.
New Zealand's spectacularly beautiful landscape includes vast mountain chains, steaming volcanoes, sweeping coastlines, deeply indented fiords and lush rainforests.
New Zealand's separation from other land masses for more than 100 million years has allowed many ancient plants and animals to survive and evolve in isolation. Complementing our unique flora and fauna is a landscape that contains an unrivalled variety of landforms. In a couple of days' drive it is possible to see everything from mountain ranges to sandy beaches, lush rainforests, glaciers and fiords and active volcanoes.
The Maori were New Zealand's first settlers. They made an epic journey from legendary Hawaiki, probably in Polynesia to the north of New Zealand, about 1,000 years ago. The great explorer Kupe, who legend says first discovered New Zealand, named the new land Aotearoa—Land of the Long White Cloud.
The first documented European to discover New Zealand was Dutch navigator Abel Tasman who came here in 1642 in search of the fabled great southern continent.
Comparable in size and shape to Great Britain, Colorado and Japan, New Zealand has a population of just over four million—making it one of the world's least crowded countries. It is a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation and relaxation as well as a playground for thrill-seekers and adventurers. A temperate climate with relatively small seasonal variation makes it a year-round holiday destination.