Plenty of opportunities to explore
Narrow winding roads
I am in love with the Coromandel! And who can blame me!?
Every year around March, Whangamata is the location where a lot of hotrods gather to celebrate and show off their amazing cars. This spectacle is well worth seeing, if you are around when it's on. Unfortunately accommodation in Whangamata and surrounds will be hard to get due to high demands.The event lasts 5 days, and there are many functions...more
Hetherington Road, , Whangamata
Good for: Couples
Pleasant surroundings, especially nice in the summer when you can sit outside or if inside they open the big windows and you feel you are outside. It's particularly nice to sit and watch people pass by, and take in the sunshine. I really liked the Spinach and Feta Frittata. Oh and the espresso is very very nice too.French Toast on the All Day...more
Whitianga has a small harbour and marina compared to some but it is well sheltered. It is a busy harbour with a fishing fleet and many charter boats for deep sea fishing and Mercury Bay cruises.There is a walk from the marina area to the public wharf through a park with a playground and picnic tables.Further inland the harbour becomes an inlet...more
The accomodation was basic and furnishing basic and dated but in good working conditions. The BBQ on...more
The ferry across Whitianga Harbour take a lot of time off the trip to Hahei. It is a regular service but passengers only so you need to organise transport to Hahei on the other side. Bicycles can be carried for an extra fee.The ferry service has been operating for 100 years and the stone wharf on the Ferry Landing side is thought to be the first...more
....or wuss out like I did.Yep, that's right, I wimped out and sent my camera on to the summit without me. I love hiking up big hills, but I'm not great with sheer drops. And the top bit of the Pinnacles is sheer.From the Pinnacles hut, our small group followed the steep track, mostly steps and boardwalk. The climb gets steeper and steeper, and...more
Just a couple of minutes walk from the Pinnacles hut is the Dancing Camp kauri dam. Dams like this one were used by logging crews to dam up valleys in steep, inaccessible areas, and the felled kauri trees were stacked up and then driven down the valleys, carried by the torrent of released flood waters. The force of the water would destroy...more
A good backpack. Line it with a plastic bin liner, and if it doesn't have a showerproof cover, make one of your own with another bin liner. The New Zealand bush is dense and green for a reason - it rains! I wouldn't do this walk without decent walking boots. It covers a fairly steep route over sometimes slippery, rough rocky pathways. Take a...more
Accessible only on foot, boat or kayak, famous Cathedral Cove is one of the “must visit” sites on the CoromandelThe rocks are amazing having this transformation and it's a great place for activities, swimming, kayaking, boating. Swimming in this area are really good due to its hot spring water, it was chilled during our walk on the beach, poeple...more
An older motel, but immaculately kept an very appealing, with panoramic harbour views. This is one...more
North of Whangamata on State Highway 25 is a small fishing town of Tairua. It is a good place to stop for lunch with a few cafe's and fish & chip shops. The harbour is protected by two headlands. The towwnship of Pauanui Beach is on the south headland.It is worth a drive to the north headland and up Mt Paku for some great views of the inlet and...more
Was very disaapointed with this resort restaurant it really let down puka park resort. The service from the wait staff was terrible they were extremely busy and di not ever return to ask us if we wanted another drink or to re fill our water. Our food arrived 1 hour 15 mins after we ordered. The food was a total rip off in my opinion. I dine out...more
As an alternative to in-house dining at Puka Resort we chose to have diner at Styles in Pauanui Village. The venue looked attractive and when we dropped by late in the day to book a table and the chef took some time to allocate us one because he thought most tables were already taken, we were sold….Nothing like customers to enhance the atmosphere...more
Staying at Mercure Puka Resort, Pauanui, naturally we tried the in-house restaurant, Miha ,and were not disappointed. The restaurant and bar is located in the upstairs part of the main reception building with outside verandas overlooking the natural bush setting suitable for outside dining. Vaulted ceilings and woven chairs, windows and doors to...more
At the end of the beach there are rock formations and at low tide you will find some pools of water in between. These pools are teeming with a variety of life. If you enjoy these kind of small wonders of nature you should certainly take look here.At first glance I thought there were just a bunch of shells laying around in the pools, but all of a...more
Ok, so theres not all that much to do in Waihi Beach except go to the beach, but it is deffinately worth going to! It's lovely to just hand out on the sad, go swimming and surfing. There is also a hike at the end of a beach that leads to a smaller, but very cool beach.more
Great food and entertainment in a casual atmosphere! Located just up the street from the Mussel Bed B&B, we had an awesome dinner at Eggcentric. The owner (Dave) will not only cook you a wonderful meal, you can enjoy his artwork on the walls while you dine, and then he will sing you a tune. Diners are encouraged to perform (for those with or...more
A fun, whacky place to spend a few hours. Beautiful grounds filled with amusing sculptures, assorted moving water parts, and tons of things to play on. Don't write this off as a kids place. My friend and I laughed and laughed as we ran from place to place. Almost more fun than Disneyland. I have attached only a few photos, but we took tons!more
Tairua is sheltered by two headlands. Mt Paku dominates the horizon on the north headland. Great views of the town, the beach to the north and the township of Pauanui Beach on the south headland can be had from the top of Mt Paku. There is a tack to the top or you can admire the view from your car.more
213 Main Rd.,, Tairua, 3508, New Zealand
Good for: Couples
Mum and I stopped in Taiarua on the way to Whitianga and found this little cafe tucked away. Actually - we approached from the rear as the main entrance is in the side street. This is a local cafe with friendly staff and local folk. We both had the soup of the day which was Pumpkin, served with fresh crusty bread. It was very good and filling.more
The Kuaotunu Store looks out over the river and sea, in the morning light it has a serene beauty. At times you will even see the local White Heron (kotuku) fishing in the river.
The store sells your basic everyday items. Its speciality really is the "Kuaotunu Killer" icecream.
What to buy: Icecream - ask for a Kuaotunu Killer five scoops of your choice.
There's no better place to sit and enjoy an icecream than here.
6 March 2013 - Coromandel is one of several regions of the North Island of New Zealand that have been declared drought zones. This means we must conserve water, and take care not to light fires....