One of New Zealand’s most popular holiday destinations, the Coromandel is renowned for its pristine sandy white beaches, misty forests and relaxed vibe.
This coastal playground has a myriad of spectacular natural highlights, inlcuding the mountainous interior, which is cloaked in native rainforest, and the dazzling white beaches that stretches for 400 kilometres.
Rustic, unspoiled and relaxed, there are plenty of attractions, from fishing and diving to hiking and cycling. The rolling hills and forested mountains are dotted with walking tracks and there is something for everyone.
Many artists and craftspeople call the Coromandel home. Be sure to drop by their studios when visiting the Coromandel to pick out that unique piece of art or pottery to take home with you as a souvenir of your visit.
By traversing an adventurous 40-minute bush walk, one can access the majestic Cathedral Cove, featured in “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”. It is an iconic New Zealand landmark and is home to spectacular views.
The Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve is called Te Whanganui-a-Hei in Maori, and runs from the northern end of Hahei Beach to Cook Bluff Scenic Reserve. The water is crystal clear and you can see seals, dolphins and many colourful fish. The impressive Big Bay Blowhole can be found near Hahei. Kayak tours and boat cruises are also available.
At Hot Water Beach, a natural spring runs deep within the earth beneath the beach and bubbles through the sand. At the southern end of the beach it is possible to dig your own hot pool and relax in the naturally heated mineral water. Having your own spa pool on the very edge of the Pacific Ocean is a very unique experience and one that should never be missed!