Coromandel Travel Guide

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    Start of the Driving Creek Railway
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Whangamata

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Whitianga

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Matarangi

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Pauanui

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Coromandel

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Waihi Beach

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Tairua

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Kauaeranga

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Thames

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Waihi

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Hot Water Beach

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Whangamata

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  • Outdoor beach dining

    Whangamata Restaurants

    Blackie cafe at Whangamata is packed as it's the only food spot on the beach. Fast food and gourmet food available. The toasted sandwiches and hash browns were great at $20 for two portions incl coffee.It's totally outside and plenty of seating under umbrellas

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  • Breakers Motel Whangamata

    Whangamata Hotels

    Hetherington Road, , Whangamata

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Whangamata Beach Hop

    Whangamata Things to Do

    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...

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Whitianga

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  • Excellent Seafood

    Whitianga Restaurants

    Really enjoyed my visit to this restaurant.Staff were friendly,attentive,with good service throughout the evening.The Hopotea fish (something that i had not tried before),together with the steamed vegetables,chip wedges and paprika mayo,followed by profiteroles with raspberry coli together with the excellent NZ wine went down a treat.

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  • Beach Motel & Cabins

    Whitianga Hotels

    The accomodation was basic and furnishing basic and dated but in good working conditions. The BBQ on...

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  • Whitianga Harbour

    Whitianga Things to Do

    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...

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Pauanui

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  • miha restaurant puka resort

    Pauanui Restaurants

    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...

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  • Pauanui Village

    Pauanui Restaurants

    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...

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  • Up-market Dining at Puka Resort

    Pauanui Restaurants

    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...

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Coromandel

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  • Rock Art

    Coromandel Things to Do

    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...

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  • Pauanui Pines Motor Lodge

    Coromandel Hotels

    174 Vista Paku, Pauanui Beach, Coromandel, 2850, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Tairua

    Coromandel Things to Do

    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...

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Waihi Beach

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  • Discover the tidal pools

    Waihi Beach Things to Do

    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...

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  • Beach

    Waihi Beach Things to Do

    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.

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Tairua

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  • Take in the view from Mt Paku

    Tairua Things to Do

    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.

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  • Tairua Shores Motel

    Tairua Hotels

    156 Main Road, (formerly Best Western Amaroo Motel), Tairua, 2853, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Nothing fancy but good.

    Tairua Restaurants

    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.

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Kauaeranga

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  • Climb to the top....

    Kauaeranga Things to Do

    ....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...

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  • Dancing Camp Kauri Dam

    Kauaeranga Things to Do

    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...

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  • You will need...

    Kauaeranga What to Pack

    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...

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Thames

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  • Butterfly and Orchid Garden

    Thames Things to Do

    The Butterfly and Orchid Garden is a nice and interesting place to visit even if the weather is foul. You enter a fully heated and sheltered enclosure, which is rather warm, we removed our jackets whilst in there. As well you must put your camera under the heat blower fan, just inside the door, inside the enclosure. This is to warm up your camera...

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  • Rolleston Motel Thames

    Thames Hotels

    105 Rolleston Street, , Thames

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Intercity Coachlines to and from Thames

    Thames Transportation

    The coach stop is in front of the Visitors Information Centre (i-SITE), 206 Pollen Street.There is a good number of services to various destinations, see the Intercity Coach website below for more details and timetables.Approx. travel times to/from main destinations:Auckland: 1h45mCoromandel: 1h25mHamilton: 1h50mTauranga: 1h45mIn the current...

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Waihi

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  • Mining Trucks

    Waihi Things to Do

    This isn't a good photo as I haven't given any indication of size or scale, but take my word for it, its huge.Machine: Dump TruckModel: Caterpillar 777CCapacity: 85 - 100 tonnesOverall weight: 150 tonnes grossHorsepower: 900Diesel Consumption: 90 litres per hourTransmission: automatic 7 speed split shiftCost :$1,390,000Tyres: $11,200 each, 6 on...

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  • A hidden gem with great food

    Waihi Restaurants

    On a recent visit to a very small North island town I was amazed when I was served 5 star food. The Waitete Orchard Café & Ice Creamery 31 Orchard Rd, Waihi, New Zealand is a bit of a pain to find but worth the effort. It is medium priced but the food is fabulous. The selection included wild game dishes (hare, venison, pheasant) as well as steaks,...

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  • Mining Museum

    Waihi Things to Do

    If you are interested in some of the history of goldmining in NZ, and particularly that of Martha's Mine, make sure you visit the museum, on the end of the mine in Waihi.Gold was found in Waihi in 1878 and there are some good examples of old machinery used since that time.

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Hot Water Beach

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    Hot Waves Cafe: Take a coffee break

    by pedroswift Updated Oct 3, 2013

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    Hot Waves Cafe offers a diverse range of meals from coffee stop to fully catered functions for a crowd in very pleasant indoor and out door settings.
    Breakfast, lunch, takeaway and Vegetarian meals are offered.
    Local artists works are on display and are for sale in an art gallery room as well as on the dining area walls.
    Licensed to sell alcohol.
    There is plenty of parking and wheel chair access is provided and there is a Disabled Toilet

    Favorite Dish: We chose to shelter at Hot Waves after a chilly morning walk by the sea to check out Hot Water Beach and partook of the coffee and cakes on offer.
    We found the service bright and cheerful and the surroundings, both outside in the sun on the patio and inside walking around the art display, conducive to extending one's stay. Can't beat that for accolades. If a place invites you in & keeps you there for a little longer than you planned, the staff must be doing things right!

    very good choice of meals yummmm! outside dining area
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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....