Exploring the Coromandel

Plan your holiday around the Coromandel and discover some of the best spots to check out throughout the Coromandel Peninsula.

Thames and Thames Coast

Located only 90 minutes’ drive from Auckland and has a gold mining history.  The Thames Coast features stunning scenery with Pohutukawa, native bush and sandy beaches.

Top activities and attractions: Kauaeranga Valley has several different trails in the native bush prefect for a walk or tramp and is only 13 km east of Thames.  The Pinnacles is a popular overnight walk and offers stunning views of the Coromandel area. 

Whitianga and Mercury Bay

Renowned for the tasty seafood and the location of the Scallop Festival, Whitianga is an ideal location for water lovers with beautiful beaches, great fishing spots, and stunning areas to go for walks.

Top activities and attractions: You can dig up your own personal spa pool at Hot Water Beach which is filled up from water in the hot water springs.  Cathedral Cove is another must visit site which you can explore by walking or kayaking.

Coromandel Town and Colville

The art filled community has its own unique character with local art galleries, shops, and restaurants and cafes.  For fishing enthusiasts, there are several spots to catch snapper and go on a fishing tour to the secluded coastline.

Top activities and attractions: See the kauri forest and striking views of the area on a train ride with Driving Creek Railway.

Tairua and Pauanui

The harbour towns feature great spots for swimming and surfing.  The towns are great for a relaxing escape in a tranquil atmosphere with views overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The towns are easily accessed by ferry between the town wharfs.

Top activities and attractions: Get the best views of the area on the Pauanui Mountain Walking Track which can be accessed from Pauanui Beach. 


Take your pick of outdoor activities and attractions from surfing, swimming, fishing, walking or exploring the art culture.

Top activities and attractions: Coromandel Forest Park has several great trails and tracks to see the Kauri trees.

Waihi and Waihi Beach

Steeped in a gold mining history Waihi is one of New Zealand’s active gold mining towns.  Waihi Beach is has nine kilometres of beaches to enjoy swimming, surfing, fishing and kayaking.

Top activities and attractions: Visit Martha Mine to learn about the town’s history with gold and silver or relax at Waihi Beach for the day.

Seabird Coast and Hauraki

If you take the Pacific Coast Highway to explore the Coromandel, the Seabird Coast has a variety of flora, fauna and birds waiting to be seen.

Top activities and attractions: Miranda (foreshore on the Firth of Thames) has rare birdlife to see as well as hot pools to enjoy. 


The town is famously known for one of New Zealand’s favourite beverages ‘Lemon and Paeroa’ and is a great place to go walking, fishing or rock climbing.

Top activities and attractions: Karangahake Gorge has a km walkway to see the views of the area. Don’t miss out on a photo op next to the 7 metre Paeroa Bottle.  

Plan your next holiday or trip to the Coromandel region!

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