Coromandel Activity Highlights
The Coromandel is a beautiful region, bordered by spectacular coastline, with a rugged, forested mountain range running up the center—activities and attractions abound.
Coromandel Activity Highlights Overview
Entertainment involving the ocean comes with the territory in the Coromandel. You can enjoy fishing, scenic boat trips, sea kayaking, diving, snorkeling, swimming and so much more.
The Coromandel is also a walker's paradise—coastal walkways and inland bush walks lead to giant kauris, waterfalls, mining relics and secret beaches.
A Trip Along the Seabird Coast
More than a 100 migratory bird species live around the edge of the Firth of Thames, along the Seabird Coast. Drive past them on your way to the local attractions.
- Visit Miranda Hot Springs for a therapeutic dip in the hot mineral water
- Gemstones, crystals, fossils and shells from New Zealand and around the world can be found at Wilderness Gems
- Ngatea Water Gardens is a uniquely designed five acre water garden open year round
The Golden History of Thames and Coromandel
The towns of Thames and Coromandel were once the scene of a gold rush. Today they're quaint and interesting.
- The Goldmine Experience—underground tours and gold panning!
- At the Karaka Bird Hide you can sit and watch birds in the Thames Firth
- Rapaura Water Gardens is an extensive water garden of native and exotic plants surrounded by native forest park
- Carousel Dairy Farm provides an insight into a modern working dairy farm
- The Thames market is held every Saturday morning
- Take a ride on New Zealand's only narrow gauge mountain railway at Driving Creek
- The '309 Kauris' is the finest easily accessible stand of kauri on the Peninsula
- The Coromandel School of Mines Museum explains the gold mining history of the area
- Pick up a craft trail guide and see over two dozen artisans working in their own studios
Whitianga and Mercury Bay
The beach town of Whitianga makes an excellent base for explorations of Mercury Bay and the adjacent coast.
- At Hot Water Beach you can dig in the sand for hot spring water and make your own spa pool
- Cathedral Cove is a magical beach framed by a massive natural rock arch
- Go big game fishing, snorkeling or scuba diving
- Indulge in a seafood feast at one of Whitianga's restaurants
- Visit the numerous galleries and artists' studios along the east coast
Tairua and Pauanui
- Offshore Slipper Island has historical sites, scenic walks, safe snorkeling, diving and fishing
- Walk to the summit of Paku, the volcanic peak that dominates the Tairua Harbour
- Hike up the Pauanui Mountain track for panoramic views over the Bay of Plenty
Surf's up at Whangamata
The surf town of Whangamata is lively in summer and lovely the rest of the year. Aim for autumn or spring if you want to avoid the crowds.
Visit the gifted local artisans on the Whangamata Craft Trail, or walk one of the many tracks in the Coromandel Forest Park or Tairua Forest.
Afterwards head to one of the picturesque holiday beaches, such as Opoutere, Onemana or Whiritoa.
Deep in the heart of Karangahake Gorge
The beautiful Ohinimuri River runs through Karangahake Gorge on State Highway 2.
The gorge is the site of Waihi's 1875 gold rush. Numerous walkways reveal the gold-mining history of the region. Old mine tunnels, stamper battery sites and other mining relics adorn the tracks.
Take a step back in time and climb on board the Goldfields Vintage Railway, which travels between Waikino and Waihi.
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Coromandel Region Information
Key information and facts about the Coromandel region.
Major activities and attractions in the Coromandel region.