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