Coromandel is always a good weekend or day trip to get away from the city. It is only 2-3 hours from Auckland and is a very easy drive with lots of beautiful scenery, beaches, bays , small towns to stop in for those long lazy lunch and coffee in a cafe as well as fish and chips stops if that is your preference.
"Away from it all."
Most Aucklanders will go to the countryside given the slightest opportunity like a long weekend.........and a number owned holidays homes near a beach where they spent their weekends or holidays.......fishing, eating and just relaxing. We rented this one at Baffalo Road, Whitianga.
"Marina, Whitianga Town."
Fishing Boats which you can charter to go for a great day of fishing or if you have little ones , you can just fish of the wharf.
"Rings Bay and Beach"
There is a good two lane road the wind it's way up and down the peninsula and it generally hugs the coast and under pohutukawa trees. Also be careful as the road in certain area can be quite narrow.
The central part of the Coromandel is mountainous and this is my favourite mountain peak along the way to Coromandel town.
"DCR Railway , Coromandel Town."
If you are going with Children make sure you take them to Driving Creek Railway in Coromandel Town. It goes up a mountain around the town to a lookout at the top. Good fun.
At the station , their is also a pottery shop.
Up the mountain .....about a one hour ride return through fern trees and interesting commentary from the driver.
"Hot Water Beach"
This is the famous hot water beach.
If you dig yourself a hole in the sand you can soak yourself in the warm water.
However, when I was there everyone was having the same idea so don't count on any peace and quiet relaxation , as you can see.
"Up the mountain we go.."
Make sure you don't missed Catheral Cove ( about 40 mins walk from Car Park but you will be rewarded) with white sandy beach and cliffs and one of the most beautiful beach in NZ. Imaging two beautiful white sandy beach joint by a natural sea cave where you can walk through and clear blue water.