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Coromandel

     

   
The Coromandel Peninsula lies east of Auckland, across the Hauraki Gulf and is one of New Zealand's best loved summer holiday destinations. The region includes the towns of Thames, Coromandel, Whitianga, Pauanui, Whangamata and Waihi.



General

  Looking across the Hauraki Gulf from Auckland, the north of the Coromandel Peninsula can be seen on the horizon. Inspired by the region's idyllic setting, many artists and craft people have made the Coromandel their home. In the same day you can experience the blue dazzle of the Pacific Ocean and the calming greenness of the native forest. 
     
Main attractions & activities
 

The rugged, volcanic hills of the Coromandel Peninsula still retain much of their original rainforest, including giant kauri trees. Although there are great hiking trails in the forested hills, probably the greatest attraction is its spectacular coastline of sandy beaches, coves and harbours that provide boundless opportunities for fishing, boating and swimming. At Hot Water Beach for two hours either side of low tide, you can create your own hot pool by digging into the sands. The hot spring bubbling up through the sand is the legacy of an exciting volcanic past.   The Coromandel's history is reflected in charming colonial architecture and historic buildings found in the small towns around the region, which had their heyday in the mid-1800s following the discovery of gold.

     
To get there

  The Coromandel is just 1 ½  hours from Auckland International Airport. It is also close to Tauranga, Hamilton and Rotorua. Some of the roads are windy and during the peak summer season driving can be slow at times. 

     

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