Coromandel Travel Guide

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    Start of the Driving Creek Railway
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    Harbour view in summer
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Whangamata

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Whitianga

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Coromandel

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Waihi Beach

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Waihi

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Matarangi

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Kauaeranga

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Cooks Beach

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Tairua

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Opoutere

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Whangamata

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  • 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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  • Breakers Motel Whangamata

    Whangamata Hotels

    Hetherington Road, , Whangamata

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Great place for lunch.

    Whangamata Restaurants

    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...

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Whitianga

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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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  • 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 Ferry

    Whitianga Transportation

    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...

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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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  • Harbour View Motel

    Coromandel Hotels

    An older motel, but immaculately kept an very appealing, with panoramic harbour views. This is one...

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  • 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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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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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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Cooks Beach

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  • More Than Eggs

    Cooks Beach Restaurants

    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...

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  • Driving Creek Railway

    Cooks Beach Things to Do

    Another fun couple of hours is the Driving Creek Railway. The only narrow guage mountain railway in the country. The one hour trip winds through the forest to the top to enjoy the beautiful views from Eyefull Tower (567ft above sea level).

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  • Waiau Waterworks

    Cooks Beach Things to Do

    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!

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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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  • Blue Water Motel

    Tairua Hotels

    213 Main Rd.,, Tairua, 3508, 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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Top Coromandel Hotels

Whitianga Hotels
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Whangamata Hotels
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Tairua Hotels
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Kauaeranga Hotels
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Thames Hotels
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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....