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The Coromandel Peninsula has long been a hotspot for international tourists as well as kiwis wanting a summer holiday getaway. It's stunning beaches and laid back atmosphere make it the ideal destination for a week of bliss. There is plenty to do in the area and its easy to get between the different towns so you're in no way restricted to the area in which you choose to stay. Have a read of my suggestions as to how you can spend your time in the beautiful peninsula.
My Top 5 Activities For The Young at Heart in The Coromandel
Located between the Coromandel towns of Paeroa and Waihi, the Karangahake Gorge was once the most advanced gold mining area in the country. There are a variety of walking tracks to take around the Gorge which display the historical gold mining days and take you through the beautiful surrounding bush. Also of interest is The Waikino Cafe (about 7km from Waihi) where a Visitor Centre has information on the Karangahake Gorge walking tracking - so it might pay to head there prior to your walk.
A great way to spend a sunny afternoon is on a relaxing walk around this stunning 64 acres of native and exotic gardens. In amongst the gardens are various displays of art work, water sculptures and streams eventually leading to a cascading waterfall. The privately owned gardens are praised by travel guide books around the world and really live upto their reputation. A highlight I think is the array of birds the plants attract - Tuis, Fantails, Silver Eyes - which just makes the walk that much more harmonious.
The beautiful beach of Hahei is a popular spot for tourists and is the gateway to one of the most visited local sites Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve. The reserve is home to tropical plants and fish and is a beautiful setting for some spontaneous exploring through the caves and along the beach. And if you're up to it, go for a dive and check out the marine life for yourself! It is only accessible by boat or on foot along from the Hahei Beach lookout.
Mercury Bay Estate is a locally owned and operated Coromandel vineyard located in the beautiful Mercury Bay and is the only vineyard to offer wine tastings in the area. Their Cellar Door is open daily for wine tastings and platters of local food to enjoy on the deck overlooking the vineyard (covered seating is also available). A very pleasant way to spend an afternoon indeed!
Coroglen is a yet another area within the peninsula well worth a visit and a great alternative way to explore the area is by horse with Rangihau Ranch. The trek takes you up the original packhorse trail, the Gentle Annie, with breathtaking scenery of native bush, farmland and Whitianga Harbour along the way. The treks last 1-2 hours so it's doesn't take up all of your day, and they have horses suitable for all abilities.
Luxury Motel Style Coromandel Accommodation Perfect For The Young at Heart
The best way to ensure your holiday will be a success is to book your accommodation carefully. That's why New Zealand Luxury Motels are great - you are guaranteed excellent accommodation at a reasonable price.
Admirality Lodge - Located in Whitianga, the heart of the Coromandel Peninsula, this superb 5 star accommodation is a stones throw away from Buffalo Beach and is fully self contained. Heated outdoor swimming pool and onsite parking available to guests. Studio units and 1 bedroom units available.