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.