Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand

The Western side of the Coromandel Peninsula faces onto the mainly sheltered waters of the Firth of Thames and the Hauraki Gulf, with gently sloping beaches and extensive tidal zones, whilst the eastern shoreline faces the Pacific Ocean meaning sandy beaches with deeper tides and some surf. To truly experience the Coromandel you should incorporate your stay on the peninsula into a complete circuit of both coasts, usually possible as this is under 200kms in total.

A spine of mountains, the Coromandel Range, runs almost the length of the peninsula meaning diverse terrain. Hills, valleys and some wiggly roads will keep the driver on their toes and the sweeping bays, white sand beaches and offshore islands will mean many photo stops along the way, so allow plenty of time between destinations.

During your stay on the Coromandel enjoy relaxing on the beach, sea kayaking, diving, and fishing. Experience bush and hidden coves along walking trails, and even take a trip into the bush on a small gauge railway line at Driving Creek. For a unique experience dig yourself a Hot Pool in the sand at Hot Water Beach near Hahei.