Coromandel Travel Guide
Evidence of the region's geothermal origins can be found in hot springs, notably at Hot Water Beach on the peninsula's east coast. The town of Whangamata is a popular holiday retreat along with Pauanui & Cooks Beach, and Whitianga on Mercury Island is renowned for its yachting. The Coromandel Peninsula's waters are also a popular destination for scuba diving, and a range of water sports and fishing charters. There are a number of charters operators offering their services in this area.
Accommodation in Coromandel
This area features a large number of accommodation options - from 5 star luxury lodges and hotels, to backpackers and classic kiwi camping grounds. Combined with the pristine scenery of this area makes it a popular destination for motorcyclists, campervan and self drive tourists.
The Coromandel Region
The Coromandel region is approximately a 2.5 hour drive from Auckland. It boasts two coasts - the east and the west, each with its own stunning scenery.
Numerous small islands and island groups lie off the Coromandel, such as the Motukawao Islands to the northwest, the Alderman Island and Slipper Island to the southeast, and the Mercury Islands to the northeast.
The area was formerly known largely for its hardrock goldmining and kauri industries, but is now a mecca for tourism, especially eco tourism. A forest park occupies much of the centre of the peninsula, and the coasts are dotted with fine beaches and stunning views. The Moehau Ranges even have an elusive monster, The Hairy Moehau which is quite a popular attraction with tourists.
New Zealand Itineraries which include the Coromandel region:
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