Surrounded by rugged mountains and a sparkling coastline, Coromandel offers a taste of the North Island’s wild natural beauty. Relax in the laid-back town or discover the Coromandel Peninsula, where you can enjoy scenic bushwalking trails, white-sand beaches and a tempting farm-to-table food scene.
Things to do
Cathedral Cove, also called the Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve, is one of the North Island's most beautiful seascapes. It features a soaring stone arch and cascading waterfall. Walk from Hahei Beach in around one-hour or jump aboard the 10-minute water taxi. Nearby Gemstone Bay offers crystalline water and a colourful snorkelling trail where you can spot stingrays.
In Waihi, the excellent Gold Discovery Centre recall's the peninsula's gold-mining past with holograms, interactive displays and audio-visual displays. The Goldmine Experience in Thames is another highlight, with the opportunity to descend into an old mining tunnel, check out industrial rock crushers and pan for gold.
Surrounded by lush tropical plants, Lost Spring is a serene thermal complex featuring a series of steaming pools. You can soak in the mineral-rich water, sip on fruity cocktails and indulge in treatments at the day spa.
In Coromandel Town, Wharf Road offers a taste of the North Island’s rich farm-to-table food scene. The cosmopolitan cafe serves artisan coffee, healthy brunches and a tempting drinks menu featuring local wine and craft beer. Seafood lovers can head to the Coromandel Mussel Kitchen for tasty molluscs served in a flower-filled garden.
Coromandel Town is easy to get around on foot, while a rental car is best for exploring the Coromandel Peninsula. Cycling is also a popular way to get around. The scenic 360 Discovery ferry runs from Auckland to Coromandel Town.
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