Where to go on the Coromandel Peninsula

With stunning white sandy beaches, spectacular native bush and festivals all year round, the Coromandel Peninsula is a must-do.

Located within an hour and a half drive of the major centres of Auckland and Hamilton and their International Airports, it is easy to get to and well worth the visit. Go swimming, snorkelling or diving, take a boat to one of the nearby islands, try some sea kayaking, be fascinated by the amazing seascapes of the marine reserves or visit an artist’s studio or museum. And for those who love their tramping and hiking, the Coromandel has a spectacular range of trails to explore, from short coastal walkways to multi day treks through native bush-land and along rugged coastlines.

Getting around the Coromandel and its townships is easy as roads are all pretty much tar-sealed and of a reasonable width. Just be a conscious driver if you are having to go slow in your Transfercar, camper or Motorhome and pull over to the side of the road if you have a queue of traffic behind you.

Below are some key places to stop at on your way around…..

Thames is the place to go for all your shopping and essentials on your way through to the smaller townships. It has all the normal trappings of a city like supermarkets, cinemas and a mall but includes some great local pubs cafes and boutique shops filled with local goodies.

The coast is great for a swim and a hot spot for locals to fish either off the rocks or out on the boat.

TairuaCoromandel Township
This is the cutest little township in the Coromandel. Even after the development of sealed roads and with them the hoards of wealthy land owners looking for a bach to match the Jones’s next door, the town has kept much of its authenticity. With sweet little diners, a great local bakery, pubs and local shops, this is the place to stop for a few hours and just take a look around before heading off to one of the stunning beaches nearby.

Beautiful Tairua is situated on the East Coast of the Coromandel Peninsula. It’s blessed with a beach made for soaking up the sun and playing in the surf and is a great spot for the kids as the water is warm and safe to swim in, being a sheltered harbour spot.

Navigate the estuary and rivers by kayak, walk local bush tracks, listen to the Tuis sing and dine in one of the exquisite Tairua cafes where home cooked goodies are a welcome treat after a day outdoors.

Pauanui is a favourite New Zealand holiday beach resort and community and is located an easy two hour drive from Auckland.

With access to a number of islands, Pauanui is a popular fishing and boating spot and having a beach that stretches for almost 3 kilometres, it is considered one of the favourite destinations for swimmers, surfers and general water sports enthusiasts.

Waihi StreamAccording to Bookabatch, Whangamata is rated as the top summer holiday spot for the fifth year running. That tells you something!

Although the most popular leisure activity in Whangamata would appear to be relaxing on the beach, roasting in the mid-day sun surrounded with crowds of people enjoying themselves, there is so much more to explore.

Big game fishing, mountain biking and walking in both native and exotic forests are but some of what you can do. Camping in the Wentworth Valley is another popular option, as is kayaking off the beach, water-skiing and windsurfing in the harbour, scuba diving, the activities are endless!

Waihi, is located at the Southern end of New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula and is surrounded by native bush, the stunning Karangahake Gorge and stretches of long white sandy beaches.

Alongside the thriving day community and great outdoors, the town and surrounding region has a rich and fascinating history. Part of this history includes over 100 years of mining of gold and silver which is still in operation today (both open-cast and underground) and exists alongside examples of the old methods of gold and silver extraction.

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