Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

A soul soothing vacation

The Coromandel Peninsula is where you need to be if you’re looking for an unhurried, relaxing holiday. Don’t take our word for it. Come and see it for yourself. The strip of land is known for its natural beauty that includes rolling pastures, foggy rainforests and unending golden beaches. If you are looking for a getaway, then this is the place to head to for your next vacation.

Location Coromandel Peninsula:

The Coromandel Peninsula is on the Pacific Coast Highway (east coast of New Zealand's North Island). You can reach this beautiful location easily within an hour and a half from most of the major centres of Hamilton, Auckland, Rotorua and their international airports.

Best Time to Visit:

You can visit the Coromandel Peninsula any time of the year as it does not have very distinct seasons. The lengthy coastline bestows upon the region a subtropical/ oceanic climate that means year-round moderate temperatures. Anytime you choose to visit the Coromandel Peninsula, you can be sure to get an opportunity to be one with nature and relax.


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Highlights of Coromandel Peninsula:

Hauraki Rail Trail: This 136 km trail is the best way to pass through some of the best scenery and is counted to be among the easiest of the New Zealand Great Rides. You can reach the trail from Thames, Waihi, Kaiaua, Te Aroha, Paeroa, and the Karangahake Gorge. The trail is family friendly and even young children can easily accomplish it. If you wish, you can also cycle the Hauraki Rail Trail.

Karangahake Gorge: When in Coromandel Peninsula, do not pass up the chance to visit this gorge. Noted to be one of the 101 Must Dos for Kiwis, this attracts nature lovers from all over the world. While most people choose to drive through the dramatic Karangahake Gorge, not many venture into the walkways and the old tunnels, to discover the rich history that lies hidden in the gorge.

Hot Water Beach: Once the tide goes down, you can head along with the crowds to the usually deserted Hot Water Beach. This is where you will find hot water bubbling through the golden sand. Welcome to the world’s best natural spa. Dig your own little pit and settle down into a natural spa. This is possibly one of the best experiences in the world and it must feature on your bucket list.

The Pinnacles: The Pinnacles walk is considered to be one of New Zealand’s most popular overnight hikes. Of course, you can also choose to do it in one day (it takes about 8 hours). However the experience is only complete after you stay overnight in the 80-bed DOC hut and catch the spectacular sunset and sunrise. As you trace this trail, you will be following in the steps of early pioneers who raided the Kauaeranga Valley in their desire for fortune, logging for timber and gum, and mining for gold.

Coromandel Coastal Walkway: Head over to the remote northern part of The Coromandel, home to the amazing Coromandel Coastal Walkway. This untouched land is what will soothe your soul and is worth spending time at.

Cathedral Cove: Don’t miss a visit to Cathedral Cove when in Coromandel Peninsula. Hire a boat or kayak and take the help of local tour guides who will carefully explain the geology, cultural and historical significance of the many scenic sites that you will spot here. You can also access Cathedral Cove by foot. There are several walking tracks that can take you to this cove along with other areas such as Gemstone Bay, Stingray Bay and Mares Leg Cove too.

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Whenuakura (Donut Island): One of the best-kept local secrets, Whangamata is a beautiful coastal attraction that now attracts several tourists every year.

Recommended for:

A trip to Coromandel Peninsula is ideal for those looking to slow down and recharge their batteries. The quiet, unobtrusive nature, stunning landscapes, and warm and welcoming people will make the experience truly worth your while.

Interesting facts about the Coromandel Peninsula:

Visiting the Coromandel Peninsula has to feature on your bucket list if you are planning a holiday to New Zealand. Here are some interesting facts to know before you head over:

  • Head to the north island of New Zealand to visit Coromandel Peninsula.
  • In Maui, the Coromandel Peninsula and Ranges are known as Te Tara o te Ika a Maui (which means the barb of the fish of Maui). The North Island is also compared to a stingray with the Coromandel Peninsula being the barb of its tail.
  • The two towns are connected by State Highways 25 and 25A, which form a roundabout circuit around the peninsula.
  • The peninsula is part of the Waikato region and it covers an area of 85 kilometres from the western end of the Bay of Plenty. It forms a natural barrier that protects the Hauraki Gulf and the Firth of Thames.
  • At its widest, the peninsula is 40 kilometres broad.
  • Most of the population of the peninsula resides on the two narrow strips of the Hauraki Gulf and Bay of Plenty coasts.
  • The interior of the peninsula is a protected rainforest reserve.
  • The peninsula is steep and hilly, and lies covered in a subtropical rain forest.
  • In its early years, the area was famous for its hard rock gold mining and several kauri industries. Today, however, it is a haven for tourism, especially ecotourism, which brings in plenty of visitors and aids the economy of the region.
  • The best part of visiting the Coromandel Peninsula is the golden hot water beaches after low tide. You can scoop out the sand to reveal the bubbling water underneath and create your personal natural spa. The hot water fills in the created hole just as you would fill a bathtub back at home.
  • The Coromandel also has an abundance of green mussels right on its doorstep, making it a must visit destination for seafood lovers.
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