Located only one and a half hours from Auckland Airport, the Coromandel Peninsula is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. With a rugged range of mountains covering natural rainforest running down the length of the peninsula, the region has a long and colourful history.
Captain Cook visited here in 1769 and observed the transit of the planet Mercury traversing across the face of the sun. Hence many of the places on the Coromandel are named after Captain Cook's expedition, including Cook Bay and Mercury Bay.
The western side has a rugged coastline, with native Pohutakawa trees growing down to the shoreline. On the eastern side, are a series of large bays, with beautiful, white sandy beaches.
The Coromandel Peninsula is home to many artists and craftspeople, and the arts and crafts trail is a great way to follow the peninsula from one side to the other. Enjoy a relaxing time at the Hot Water Beach, a geothermal hot spring bubbling up through the sand. At low tide, you can dig your own natural warm spa pool. There are shovels available for hire at the local shop.
View the remnants of the gold mining, and logging days and marvel at some of the huge kauri giants that remain.
Take a cruise to see the offshore islands. Go swimming, snorkelling, fishing or take a sea kayaking trip to Cathedral Cove. On the Coromandel Peninsula, are a range of walks from short day walks to overnight treks, both along the famous Coromandel Coast, and inland in the Coromandel Forest Park.