Some of Coromandel's Must-Visit Destinations
- 20 June 2016
- Sarah Holden
Visiting the Coromandel Peninsula is like entering an enchanted world. Packed full of native forests and pristine beaches, the Coromandel ranks highly as one of the most popular holiday spots within New Zealand. Home to The Little Gallery, which can be found in Tairua on the east coast of the peninsula, this region is also home to many great local artists who take inspiration from the beautiful scenery, while enjoying the laid back lifestyle it offers.
Located a two-hour drive from Auckland, the Coromandel offers both adventurous and relaxing options for holiday makers. From surfing to abseiling, hiking to big game fishing, there is something on offer for everybody and every taste.
Top Five Coromandel Destinations
Cathedral Cove can be found at Hahei, which is a 10-minute drive from Hot Water Beach. It can only be accessed via boat or on foot, so bring your walking shoes. Around a 90-minute return trip from the top carpark, Cathedral Cove offers visitors the reward of some stunning sandy beaches which have a rock arch separating them. This easy walking path also allows you the chance to stop off an explore Gemstone Bay, known for its snorkelling and Stingray Bay, which has a sea cave and honeycomb weathering on nearby cliff sides.
Hot Water Beach
Bring your spade and dig yourself an outdoor hot pool at Hot Water Beach. Between the low and high tides, it is common to see both locals and tourists taking advantage of the natural underground hot springs which filter up between the sand. With temperatures reaching around 64˚C, this is a perfect way to experience the Coromandel sunshine.
Driving Creek Railway
Take a ride on one of New Zealand’s most popular railway lines, Driving Creek Railway. Experience the magic of travelling through one of the Coromandel’s famous Kauri forests on the narrow-gorge mountain railway on an open carriage train. During the one hour return trip you’ll have magnificent views out to the Hauraki Golf and have many wonderful photo opportunities.
A splashing good time for everyone can be found at The Waterworks, located 7km from Coromandel Town on the Coromandel Peninsula. With over 70 attractions including a water clock, water cannons and many amazing and unique water powered inventions. Perfect for kids young and old, The Waterworks is well worth a visit with your family.
Pack the car and head out for a drive on the 309 Road, an unsealed 22km twisty road between Whitianga and Coromandel Town. Along 309 Road you will see pine plantations, native bush, the Waiau River and Mahakirau Stream. You could even stop at The Waiau Falls, Castle Rock, Kauri Grove forest and Egan Park, all of which give plentiful opportunities to explore the fabulous environment the Coromandel region is known for.
Most importantly of all, take home a little piece of the Coromandel with you. Stop in at The Little Gallery and explore all the wonders our talented local artists have created especially for you.
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