Top 10 things to do in the Coromandel

The laid-back locals, golden coastline,abundant marine life and mountainous interior have long made The Coromandel a favourite holiday spot for kiwis.

1. Soak in geothermal waters

Relax in naturally heated mineral waters at The Lost Spring Geothermal Spa in Whitianga. Surrounded by tropical plants and soothing waterfalls, the thermal waters flow from a spring deep within the earth’s surface. For a real treat, indulge in a pampering session at the on-site day spa. 

2. Hike the Pinnacles

The jagged forested ranges of The Pinnacles form the spine of The Coromandel Peninsula. Explore these ranges on foot with the spectacular Pinnacles Track. An overnight adventure, climb to the summit first thing in the morning to catch the sun rising over 360-degree views of The Coromandel and beyond.   

3. Kayak Cathedral Cove

There are not many places in the world where a cathedral-like tunnel separates two secluded white sand beaches. Explore The Coromandel’s famous Cathedral Cove from a different viewpoint with a kayak tour or boat cruise. Look out for seals, dolphins and colourful fish in crystal-clear water of the nearby marine reserve or visit the impressive Big Bay Blowhole, near Hahei.  

4. Dig your own hot pool at Hot Water Beach

Deep within the earth, a natural spring runs beneath Hot Water Beach, bubbling up to emerge through the sand in the form of naturally heated mineral water. At the southern end of the beach, it’s possible to dig your own hot pool in the sand. Relaxing in your own spa pool meters from the Pacific Ocean is a very unique feeling!

5. Snorkel Orua sea cave

Near Cathedral Cove lies a myriad of secluded sea caves, cliffs, blowholes, and coves. Take a boat cruise and snorkeling tour with Sea Cave Adventures(opens in new window) or Cave Cruzer and explore the Orua Sea Cave; a huge cavern with a small hole that lets through rays of sunlight. The morning sun reflecting off the water in the cave is pure magic, both above and below the water.

6. Visit Owharoa Falls in the Karangahake Gorge – cycle the Hauraki Rail Trail

Following old railway lines between Thames and Te Aroha, the Hauraki Rail Trail is an easy ride dotted with gold mining history, rolling countryside and charming kiwi towns. The full trail takes 2-3 days, but a great day ride is the third leg from Paeroa to Waihi. Pedal alongside the Ohinemuri River and through the Karangahake Gorge to admire the stunning Owharoa Falls and photogenic gold mining sites. 

7. Discover Driving Creek Railway

Nestled amongst regenerating native forest near Coromandel Town is Driving Creek Railway, a narrow-gorge mountain trail lined with unique and colourful pottery. It’s all aboard as you enjoy a scenic one-hour train ride up to the ‘Eyefull Tower’, where colossal views stretch out over the Hauraki Gulf and Islands. 

8. Learn about the ancient gold mining history

Home to the richest gold mine in New Zealand, Waihi is steeped in hundreds of years of gold mining history. Discover the tales of yesteryear at the Gold Discovery Centre or journey deep into the gold mine itself on a fascinating Waihi Gold Mine Tour.

9. Explore Whenuakura Wildlife Sanctuary

Explore Whenuakura Wildlife Sanctuary with Whenuakura Island Kayak ToursEntry into the cove is via a single 40ft-high cave. Marvel at amazing rock formations as your voice echoes off the cliffs in the cave, then emerge into the small lagoon. This guided tour educates visitors and contributes to the protection and preservation of the island. As it is a protected nature reserve, it is important to note that landing on the island is not allowed.

10. Walk the Coromandel Coast

One of the most spectacular coastal walks in New Zealand. Discover beautiful beaches, quiet nature, and twinkling bays. This stunning Coromandel Coastal walk takes 7 hours (return) and lets you soak in the full beauty and solitude of the remote upper Coromandel Peninsula. Stony Bay and Fletchers Bay mark the start and endpoints of the track, and both are hidden jewels in their own right.

Experience another refreshing holiday