The Coromandel Peninsula's gold mining days may be long gone but the region's wealth of beauty ensures its continuing popularity with fisherman, divers, surfers and hikers. The Coromandel Forest Park offers kilometres of walks and several interesting places to visit including beautiful water gardens, waterfalls, boutique wineries, spectacular rock formations, and gold-mining displays. Or you can dig your own hot bath in the sand, explore sea caves and arches, and snorkel in the pristine waters of a marine reserve.
There's plenty to discover in the Hauraki District and its tranquil atmosphere entices visitors to relax and enjoy the attractions. Browse the shops of Ngatea and take a peaceful ride on the scenic heritage railway through historic gold-mining country, and don't miss driving through the dramatic Karangahake Gorge between Paeroa and Waihi.
This region is a wonderland for visitors and provides a fascinating range of diverse activities. Hamilton has stunning gardens; there are cultural history tours in Kawhia plus hot water beach springs; a famous kiwi house in Otorohanga, and the coastal township of Raglan boasts one of the world's most famous surf breaks. Blackwater rafting, abseiling, underground waterfalls, and fabulous limestone caves with glow-worms are just a few highlights on offer in the district of Waitomo Caves.
The rolling, rural and peaceful countryside of Waikato's East is lush and inviting, and ideal for those with a penchant for conservation, those who enjoy trout-fishing or anyone looking for a slower pace and fresh air. Soak in the thermal mineral waters at Te Aroha's beautiful bath houses; and visit the location for the village of Hobbiton, 'The Shire', in the Lord of the Rings movies in Matamata. The region boasts a string of lakes and is host to world-class rowing events, aquatic sports and regular polo matches so pull out the deck chair, sit back and enjoy.
THE BEST OF THE COROMANDEL AND THE WAIKATO
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