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Coromandel | Regional Information | Activity Highlights | Scenic Highlights | History

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

Image Source: Tourism New Zealand. Sailing in the Coromandel, New Zealand
Sailing, Coromandel
New Zealand
Photographer: Jocelyn Carlin

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.

» Beaches of the Coromandel

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

» Information about Seabird Coast

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

» Thames Travel Directory

Whitianga and Mercury Bay

Image Source: Tourism New Zealand. Kayaking at Cathedral Cove, Coromandel, New Zealand
Kayaking, Cathedral Cove
Coromandel, New Zealand
Photographer: David Wall

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

» Information about Hot Water Beach

» Whitianga Travel Directory

Tairua and Pauanui

The twin towns of Tairua and Pauanui give you the best of both worlds—surf beaches along the seaward coast; tranquil harbour in behind.

  • 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

» Information about Tairua

» Tairua Travel Directory

» Pauanui Travel Directory

Surf's up at Whangamata

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Surfing, Coromandel
New Zealand
Photographer: Chris McLennan

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.

» Whangamata Travel Directory

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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To help plan your Coromandel holiday choose from the main categories below:

Coromandel Region Information

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Mainstay New Zealand Hotels

Mainstay NZ Hotels

Large collection of independent hotels.

Choice Hotels

Choice Hotels

Holiday packages for any occasion.

Hawkdun Rise

Hawkdun Rise

Boutique vineyard-stay near the town of Alexandra.

Mainstay New Zealand Hotels

Mainstay NZ Hotels

Large collection of independent hotels.

Choice Hotels

Choice Hotels

Holiday packages for any occasion.

Hawkdun Rise

Hawkdun Rise

Boutique vineyard-stay near the town of Alexandra.