Coromandel

New Zealand

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Photo provided by Destination Coromandel
Come to quaint Coromandel and enjoy its forests, spas, and riverfront.

The Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand’s North Island features picturesque beaches, coral reefs, rainforest hiking trails, vintage railways and country hideaways just a 1.5-hour drive from Auckland. There are three main areas of the Coromandel, the north west coast including Coromandel town, the Whitianga area on the east coast, and the Thames area to the southwest.

Coromandel Town encompasses the Coromandel harbor and islands within it, and offers an abundance of outdoor activities from fishing, swimming and sailing on the harbor, to rainforest train trips and treks through ancient Kauri forests. The town itself is full of character, with historic buildings and gold mining relics. Take a narrow gauge railway through rainforest to a pottery.

The Whitianga area has some of the most stunning and geographically interesting beaches. Dig yourself a thermal spa at Hot Water Beach, where hot spring water seeps up through the sand. Hike through coastal pine forest and over scenic headland to Cathedral Cove Beach. Enter through the huge white rock archway that gives the beach its name. Take the ferry from Whitianga to Cooks Beach for a secluded swim and bush trails, a visit to wineries, or a game fishing expedition.

Whitianga is known for its seafood. Come in September for the annual scallop festival where you can try everything from green lipped mussels and pipis to crayfish.

Gold history comes alive in the Karangahake Gorge in the Thames area. Hike or cycle through 4.5 miles (7 kilometers) of rainforest by a spectacular gorge and river, strewn with interesting historical ruins from one of New Zealand’s most productive mines. Adventurous travelers can canyon down waterfalls in Kaueranga Valley just outside Thames.

Get around the Coromandel Peninsular by rental car. Many tour operators offer all-inclusive adventure packages leaving from Auckland. Ferries run between Auckland and Coromandel year-round. The area has many beaches to explore, water activities to enjoy, and fresh seafood to sample, so it’s best to give yourself at least a couple of days to enjoy the natural beauty and unwind.

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Top Hotels in Coromandel

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Harbour View Motel Coromandel
4 out of 5
25 Harbour View Road, Coromandel
$53/night
Aug 22 - Aug 23
4.5/5Wonderful! (200 reviews)

Situated in Coromandel, this motel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Long Bay and within 3 mi (5 km) of Coromandel Historical Museum and Coromandel Goldfields Centre & ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (200 reviews)

"We had a lovely clean quiet room. No view but nice garden courtyard"…"

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2019

Harbour View Motel Coromandel
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Coromandel TOP 10 Holiday Park
2 out of 5
636-732 Rings Road, Coromandel
$44/night
Aug 26 - Aug 27
4.2/5Excellent! (166 reviews)

Situated by the ocean, this eco-friendly holiday park is within 2 mi (3 km) of Coromandel Historical Museum, Coromandel Goldfields Centre & Stamper Battery, ...

4.2/5Excellent! (166 reviews)

"A good place for our overnight stay with easy access to all Coromandel has to offer"…"

Reviewed on May 21, 2019

Coromandel TOP 10 Holiday Park
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Anchor Lodge Motel Coromandel
4 out of 5
448 Wharf Road, Coromandel
$55/night
Sep 20 - Sep 21
4.6/5Exceptional! (216 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this motel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Coromandel Historical Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Long Bay and Coromandel Goldfields Centre ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (216 reviews)

"Property was central and easily accessed. The re was plenty if parking as well."…"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2019

Anchor Lodge Motel Coromandel

Popular things to do in Coromandel

Driving Creek Railway
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Driving Creek Railway

Ride on a narrow gauge railway, check out the artistic pottery, marvel at the tunnels and bridges and take in the panoramic views of this Coromandel attraction.

Cathedral Cove
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Cathedral Cove

Enter the white sand beach through a natural rock archway, the perfect frame for your photos of the rocky islands and clear waters of this marine reserve.  

Hot Water Beach
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Hot Water Beach

Dig your own pool in the warm sand and soak in the waters of a natural hot springs when you visit one of New Zealand’s most beautiful beaches.