🚗 self-drive itinerary
🛏️ minimum 2 night stay recommended
🍽️ dining suggestions offered
📅 visit any time of year
A visit to this region of New Zealand will give you insight into a true Kiwi favourite. Renowned for its natural beauty – rural farmland, misty rainforests and pristine golden beaches, The Coromandel is blessed with hundreds of natural hideaways, making it an ideal place to escape, relax and unwind.
Highlights can include:
- let your arms do the work for a change, and enjoy the magic of sea kayaking with Cathedral Cove Kayak Tours 🛶
- choose from 5 different sections that make up the Hauraki Rail Trail and cycle through the area rich in pioneering history and scenery 🚴
- take in the remote Coromandel Coastal Walkway a spectacular 7 hour return walk that traverses farmland and coastal forest 👟
- explore stunning beaches, rugged volcanic coastline and nearby islands including Cathedral Cove with Ocean Leopard Tours 🛥️
- entertain the family or enjoy being a 'big kid' at The Waterworks New Zealand's quirkiest theme park 👪
- hop aboard the scenic Glass Bottom Boat cruise to world famous Cathedral Cove while watching awesome marine life below 🐟
- take in superb views from the "Eyefull Tower" after climbing through regenerating native Kauri forest on the Driving Creek Railway 🚂
- New Chums Beach rewards those that take the time to find it - no roads, no buildings, no infrastructure - just white sand with azure water 🌊 🐚
- surrounded by tropical and native bush, The Lost Spring offers geo-thermal pools and a spa perfect for yourself and a loved one ♨️
- The Pinnacles walk climbs through ruggedly beautiful mountain ranges and is a popular overnight walk 👟⛰️
- this short easy Karangahake Gorge Windows Walk boasts beautiful scenery and interesting gold mining remnants and tunnels 👟
- not for the faint hearted, the Sleeping God Canyon will have you descending 300 metres of waterfalls by sliding, jumping + abseiling
- stunning views of the coast guide you along the Cathedral Cove Walkway to the dramatic cliffs and iconic rock archway 👟📸
- the dramatic volcanic peak of Mount Paku provides spectacular views for those that aspire to climb the 15 minutes to the summit 👟
- best visited two hours either side of low tide, Hot Water Beach is the place to dig your own hot pool, and soak metres from the ocean 🌊 🐚 ♨️
- break up your road trip to enjoy a sweet soft drink found only in New Zealand - Lemon & Paeroa is celebrated with the giant L&P bottle🤳
- kayak or SUP to Donut Island (Whenuakura) and be rewarded with unforgettable and breathtaking scenery that inspires the imagination 🛶
AT A GLANCE
📍 # of Visitors 6.0
🐚 Beaches 7.5
🌦️ Chance of Rain 4.0
👨👩👦👦 Family Fun 5.5
🛒 Shopping 5.0
🍽️ Food + Wine 6.5
🏳️🌈 LGBTQI+ friendly 👍
Note: the highest possible score is an 8.0
🎥video courtesy of The Coromandel goodforyoursoul on YouTube
Sit back and relax. We've planned it all for you.
Day 1 : Arrive in The Coromandel
You'll travel to this region, most likely by car, but you could also arrive by ferry, coach, or by flying into Whitianga. Upon arrival you'll check in to your accommodation, settle in and get acquainted with your surroundings for the next 2 nights.
Satisfy your thirst for exploring, by making the special trip on foot to find New Chums Beach, where you'll share the beach only with others who have tread the same path as you. There's no road access, no infrastructure at all, so you'll feel a world away from home with the forest coming right down to the beach - wise to take a snack along with you to re-energise for your trip back to civilisation - just remember to leave only footprints!
Reward yourself and your loved one to a soak in The Lost Spring and perhaps treat yourself to the spa or a massage too.
After todays events, we'll let you know the best places to dine. Seafood dishes are always a favourite in The Coromandel, so keep your eyes on specials and the 'catch of the day' specials. Fresh is often best.
Day 2 : the Cathedral Cove + Hot Water Beach combo
We'll do the research for you, checking on tides so that you know the best time to visit Hot Water Beach today. That way you'll be able to enjoy a soak in your own sandy hot pool. The sensation of digging just a little with your toes to the hot water is something that has to be felt to be believed.
Aside from this, you've really got to see Cathedral Cove a much photographed favourite beach location that has featured on the Chronicles of Narnia films. Many opt to walk the Cathedral Cove Walkway, but if you want to see more consider Ocean Leopard Tours which will take in other bays and islands around the coast; Glass Bottom Boat which gives you insight into two worlds - the marine reserve below the water, as well as the stunning coastline above water; or for those that want to be active Cathedral Cove Kayak Tours offer some of the best sea kayaking in New Zealand from nearby Hahei beach.
The combination of these two adventures will likely take up most of your day, but if you want to explore a different part of The Coromandel, take a trip to Whangamata, a popular surf beach that is also home to Donut Island, a well-kept secret just offshore that features two small beaches in the centre of the island's collapsed volcanic blowhole. Get here by stand up paddleboard or kayak. If you do venture here, you can break up your journey on the way to or from Whangamata with a 15-minute walk up Mount Paku for spectacular views over Pauanaui and Tairua.
After your day, we've arranged for you to delight in dinner and celebrate your last night in this region at one of our favourite restaurants in the area.
Day 3 : Depart The Coromandel
On your way out of the region, take the time to visit the "Eyefull Tower" on the narrow-gauge mountain railway at Driving Creek Railway, or entertain yourselves on some of the quirky atractions at The Waterworks. If you're driving between Waihi and Paeroa, you're going to want to break up your journey at Owharoa Falls in the Karangahake Gorge and if you have time, enjoy the Windows Walk. Don't forget to sample Lemon & Paeroa and take a that Kiwi roadtrip selfie with the giant L&P bottle too. We'll let you know the best way to get from this region to the next part of your New Zealand trip, wherever you want that to be.