Coromandel Things to Do

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Coromandel Things to Do

  • Cathedral Cove

    Coromandel Things to Do

    We had seen Cathedral Cove on many documentaries, so we had to see it for ourselves! Cathedral cove is only accessible by walking or boat and it is a MUST VISIT if you feel you can handle the walk. It is uphill and down dale, so you need to be reasonably fit without leg or knee problems. It is about 2hrs return, it seemed a lot longer than that...

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  • Hot Water Beach

    Coromandel Things to Do

    "You really must go to Moko." Our host at Tairua said so on many more than one occasion. So, on our last full day we made the effort. Jenny (from Colonial Homestay) hit the nail on the head. It was worthwhile. This wonderful eclectic mix of art almost seems out of place in this dead end setting but it has become almost as large an attraction as Hot...

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  • Port Jackson

    Coromandel Things to Do

    Definitely worth doing especially if you want away from the crowds, I'm not saying its COMPLETELY isolated up here but it is pretty nice. I haven't done this walk in years but heres a photo of my Mum and her friend doing it. You can walk round the coast one way and back over the hills the other way or get someone to drive to pick you up - although...

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  • Driving Creek Railway

    Coromandel Things to Do

    One thing you can't fail to notice here and there are embankments made of empty bottles. The rumour around is that Barry drank most of them and the paintwork reading "Barry's" emblazoned across a couple of hundred bottles embedded in one probably reflects that . The railway employs around a dozen people these days. It zig-zags up the slopes at...

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  • Hahei Beach

    Coromandel Things to Do

    To reach Cathedral Cove you have to first go through Hahei Beach and then climb up the headland to get to the carpark. This section of the Coast is a popular area, accessible from the Stone Steps Wharf at Ferry Landing and from the highway. The offshore islands provide protection for the beaches around Hahei. The waters offshore and the islands...

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  • Whangamata

    Coromandel Things to Do

    Whangamata is a really pleasant little coastal resort town, with a great selection of shops and cafes, and a beautiful big beach. It is a popular holiday destination for Kiwis, so you get a real taste of New Zealand here during the summer months. The beach is popular with swimmers, and is quite safe, but you need to be aware there is sometimes a...

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  • Cooks Beach

    Coromandel Things to Do

    Cooks Beach is a 3km crescent of fine golden sand with safe waters. With its coastal access it takes up some 34.08 hectares and can be reached either by foot or by boat. This cove lies to the north of Mares Leg Cove (which was washed away during a major storm in 1980) and is accessible (except at high tide) only through the Cathedral, a gigantic...

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  • Coromandel's Golden Past

    In 1852 a man named Charles Ring discovered gold at Coromandel but it took quite some time until a gold rush started on the Peninsula - until 1875 when the Waihi area became open to prospecting. The goldfield at Thames had started producing in 1867. The problem on the Coromandel was that hard rock mining took longer to get established, the alluvial...

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  • Waiau Falls

    One of the hidden gems of our trip throughout the Coromandel Pennisula was Waiau Falls, which is located off highway 309.The falls are about 15km outside of the city of Coromandel, and have free admission. There are walking tracks on either side of the falls, but it only takes 2 minutes to get from the road to the falls and is fairly easy.The last...

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  • OVER THE PASS TO COROMANDEL

    At the town of Waihi, we started following Highway 25 which took us to Cathedral Cove and as far as we could go on this side of the Peninsula. The scenery was lovely, then we had to go over the high pass and down the other side to the town of Coromandel. The views are great, especially as you come down into Coromandel. From here, you follow Highway...

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  • CATHEDRAL COVE

    We had seen Cathedral Cove on many documentaries, so we had to see it for ourselves!Cathedral cove is only accessible by walking or boat and it is a MUST VISIT if you feel you can handle the walk. It is uphill and down dale, so you need to be reasonably fit without leg or knee problems. It is about 2hrs return, it seemed a lot longer than that to...

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  • THE LOVELY TOWN OF TAIRUA

    Tairua, not big, but I loved it straight away, it was so pretty! It had River & Beach!The Tairua River - located in the Puketui Valley, by the main Thames road, had nice picnic areas and if you don't like swimming in the sea, you could swim here. . Mt. Paku - this volcanic peak dominates the harbour. You can climb it, and I did, the views were...

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  • KARANGAHAKE GORGE

    The Karangahake Gorge is located on state highway 2, 5kms from Waihi. It is the site of the original Gold Rush in 1875 and has a lot of mining history. I walked part of the Karangahake Historic Walkway that follows part of the old Paeroa to Waihi railway line. I saw som old relics of the gold rush days in the forest. The walkways we easy walking,...

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  • MOUNT MARTHA GOLD MINE

    Following Highway 2 and heading north from Katikati, we came to the small town of Waihi. The surprise here, was the huge Gold mine that was still in operation! The Martha open pit mine, is the largest gold and silver producing mine in New Zealand's history. The Martha open pit has produced over 7.5 million oz of gold and 54 million oz of silver and...

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  • A little bit quirky but it's all right

    One thing you can't fail to notice here and there are embankments made of empty bottles. The rumour around is that Barry drank most of them and the paintwork reading "Barry's" emblazoned across a couple of hundred bottles embedded in one probably reflects that .The railway employs around a dozen people these days. It zig-zags up the slopes at...

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  • Getting your mojo at Moko

    "You really must go to Moko." Our host at Tairua said so on many more than one occasion. So, on our last full day we made the effort. Jenny (from Colonial Homestay) hit the nail on the head. It was worthwhile.This wonderful eclectic mix of art almost seems out of place in this dead end setting but it has become almost as large an attraction as Hot...

    more
  • Cathedral Cove - getting there

    Cathedral Cove was one of three places that continually came up in conversation about Coromandel so it was with malice aforethought that I made for the extensive carpark on the cliff where one alights before commencing the half hour walk to the beach.It was on a sparkling Sunday when we glanced across the flashing ocean tips to the islands...

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  • Pushing up Puka

    If there's one thing I'll never forget about Tairua and New Zealand in general, it's being at the summit of Puka Hill and taking in one of New Zealand's loveliest views. This true all-round panorama is entrancing and worth the walk either from town or the end of the road.From our accommodation it was only a five minute hike up the steep walk but...

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  • Coromandel, the town

    The town was named after the peninsula, which was named after HMS Coromandel, which sailed into the harbour in 1820. At one time it was a major port serving the peninsula's gold mining and kauri industries. Today, the town's main industries are tourism and mussel farming, but, as you can clearly see in picture 2, mining played a significant part in...

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  • Not quite gemstone quality

    Gemstone Bay is en route to Cathedral Cove, a short detour down to a small beach, but don't expect any sand. The Bay is simply large rocks and boulders, though many are quite pretty, fringed with pine and Pohutakawa trees. The emerald waters are exceptionally clear and are great for diving and snorkelling.You may see cuttlefish, moki, kina and...

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  • Hahei Beach

    To reach Cathedral Cove you have to first go through Hahei Beach and then climb up the headland to get to the carpark.This section of the Coast is a popular area, accessible from the Stone Steps Wharf at Ferry Landing and from the highway. The offshore islands provide protection for the beaches around Hahei. The waters offshore and the islands have...

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  • Hot Water Beach

    "You'll probably want to go to Hot Water Beach" I was told, I don't know how many times. Now, I don't know about you and, call me a grumpy old man if you like, but hiring a spade from one of the many shops that do that, walking half a kilometre at low tide only to a spot in the sand where you can dig and, if you get lucky, get hot water coming out,...

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  • Just a beautiful place

    The entry point to Cathedral Cove is sudden as you emerge from beneath a broad tree and suddenly you're there. Crisp white sands form a base from which arises chalk coloured cliffs of naturally sculpted wonder.Though agog at the unique nature of the cove initially, the highlight for most will be the rock beyond the cave. It's truly magnetic,...

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  • A line for the eccentric

    As a tourist, I tend to look for the odd. This time it came to me, via recommendations. "You must go on the railway", we were told, though the directions on how to get there were a little vague. That it was near Coromandel, the town, was one thing we knew so we headed off. Finding it was tricky, all because of a signpost at the T-junction in...

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  • Natural wonders of Coromandel's east...

    As I have lost my heart to Tairua and Paku Hill (see tip Off the Beaten Path) I have not tested any other accommodation on the east coast of the Coromandel. All destinations from Whitianga to Waihi can be covered easily on day trips from Tairua, and Tairua is the closest township to all the famous attractions.If you want to experience Hoter Water...

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  • A Bush Trip on the Driving Creek Railway

    Once the potter Barry Bricknell built the Driving Creek Railway near the township of Coromandel to transport clay to his pottery. But as he was a nature lover and railway fan as well, he extended the railway line which is New Zealand's only narrow-gauge railway. A huge job that took 27 years. Today tourists can enjoy the ride through native bush on...

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  • Discover Coromandel's Heart with Kiwi...

    Even now, ten years after my walk through the rainforest on the Coromandel with Doug Johansen and his partner Jan Poole, I think he made me love New Zealand the way I love it, the nature and its miracles, and the desire to conserve it for future generations. Doug would tell you that NZ is paradise - but not an unspoilt paradise, more a threatened...

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  • Driving Creek Railway

    27 years ago, an Auckland teacher named Barry Brickell decided he had had enough of city life, and bought himself a patch of native bush just outside of Coromandel town. He set up a potters co-operative, and also set about building, bit by bit over the years, a narrow guage railway. The trains trundle through tunnels lined with bricks that are made...

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  • Cathedral Cove

    Cathedral Cove, part of a marine reserve is named for the spectacular arched cavern linking it to the next beach, which you can walk through at low tide. The sand is soft and white, the pristine Pacific waters are clear, and the cove is fringed by Pohutakawa trees. Out in the water, a short distance from the beach, is the looming Lion Rock - you...

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  • Whangamata

    Whangamata is a really pleasant little coastal resort town, with a great selection of shops and cafes, and a beautiful big beach. It is a popular holiday destination for Kiwis, so you get a real taste of New Zealand here during the summer months.The beach is popular with swimmers, and is quite safe, but you need to be aware there is sometimes a...

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  • Paku

    Mount Paku, of volcanic origin and an old Maori pa site, can be climbed in about 15/20 minutes and gives good views over the Tairua Harbour. A pa is a fortified settlement, and old volcanic cones were often made use of.(note the walk is short but fairly steep!)

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  • More native bush.

    I never tire of looking at the New Zealand bush. I just love it! And Coromandels interior is mainly craggy peaks covered with lush greenery - manuka and kanuka bushes, nikau palms, pohutakawa, although the giant kauri have sadly gone, taken for their wood in colonial times.The road to/from Coroglen is a winding, gravelly track - cars are OK, but I...

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  • Gemstone Bay

    Gemstone Bay is close to Hahei Beach, and most people will visit en route to Cathedral Cove. This area is a marine reserve, so take care to respect the environment and to leave it exactly as you find it.The Bay is full of large rocks and boulders, fringed with pine and Pohutakawa trees. The water is exceptionally clear, and is great for diving and...

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  • Soft sands, clear waters.

    Hahei beach is a small but busy beachside resort with shops, campsite, motels etc. The sandy beach is edged with Pohutakawa trees, and the clear water, dotted with rocky islands, is great for swimming and fishing. The night we stayed here (at the excellent Hahei Beach campsite), a school of dolphins were playing and feeding in the bay.It is a good...

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  • Drive Highway 25

    If you are headed to Coromandel, this is not just a thing to do, but more like a requirement. The waterside road, which is Highway 25 is a very scenic route that starts in Thames, takes you north to the city of Coromandel, east to Otama and then south to Whangamata.You will see some spectacular scenery, including the mountainside falling right into...

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  • Port Jackson to Stony Bay Walk

    Definitely worth doing especially if you want away from the crowds, I'm not saying its COMPLETELY isolated up here but it is pretty nice. I haven't done this walk in years but heres a photo of my Mum and her friend doing it. You can walk round the coast one way and back over the hills the other way or get someone to drive to pick you up - although...

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  • Stop at Hahei.

    In my opinion this is one of the most beautiful beaches of the Coromandel. I truly think it is worth a visit and try to stop at the viewing point where I took this photo. That is on the road north.You must detour from the main road north to get to Hahei, Hot Water Beach and Cooks Beach. Cathedral Cove is in this area too. But it is one small area...

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  • Hahei

    This is a great place to stop on your Coromandel tour - there is heaps to do at your doorstep. You can head to Hot Water Beach for the unique experience of digging your own natural pool. Within a certain area, naturally occurring hot water bubbles up to fill holes dug in the sand. Bring a shovel for easy digging or hire one from the Hot Water Beach...

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  • Camping at Port Jackson

    If you are heading to Port Jackson when you get to the summit, stop to enjoy the spectacular views across the Colville Channel to Great Barrier Island with Channel Island in the foreground. At Port Jackson, you go through the gate at the DoC campground. THis is a good place to stay and you can set up your tent right on the beach front. You can also...

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  • Pohutukawa Coast - Coromandel

    If you are going to the Coromandel you should make sure you drive up the Pohutukawa Coast. Whilst its gravel alot of the way (as well as being narrow in spots) the scenery is well worth the trip.You can drive up as far as Port Jackson where there is a Department of Conservation campground (basic) and you can walk over the hill into Stoney Bay.

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  • View Kauri Trees.

    Take the chance to see some mature Kauri Trees right next to the main road. These ones are medium age, but are mature, defined by the change in shape. Young trees are of conical shape.This is the "Twin Kauri Scenic Reserve" and as you can see the trees are right beside the road. So often you have to trek for hours to view kauri.There is a 30 minute...

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  • Karangahake Gorge

    The Karangahake Gorge is home to a superb walkway. There are many large pools in the Ohinemuri River which provide good swimming in summer and there are picnic sites dotted along the route. If walkings not your thing try fishing for trout (You'll need a license). Canoeing is also possible on various sections of the river (lifejackets and helmets...

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  • Paeroa

    The nationally renowned soft drink, Lemon and Paeroa, had its origins here. In days gone by the mineral water was pumped from a deep well within the borough to Innes Schweppes Limited's manufacturing and bottling plant for processing. This factory was closed with the introduction of the litre bottles.The very large bottle at the eastern end of the...

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  • Cooks Beach - Cathedral Cove

    Cooks Beach is a 3km crescent of fine golden sand with safe waters. With its coastal access it takes up some 34.08 hectares and can be reached either by foot or by boat. This cove lies to the north of Mares Leg Cove (which was washed away during a major storm in 1980) and is accessible (except at high tide) only through the Cathedral, a gigantic...

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  • Hahei

    Hahei Beach eastern end is the site of an old Maori pa, Mautohe Pa, with the terracing still visible showing the Maori method of fortification. The beach is 1.5km long and is safe and particularly beautiful with clear crystal waters and an abundance of crayfish and fish. The beach is fringed with pohutukawas and drifts of "pink" shells at the...

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