The Coromandel is located 90 minutes drive from Auckland and two hours from Hamilton or Rotorua along the spectacular Pacific Coast Highway.
The unspoiled coastline of the Coromandel is considered by most New Zealanders to boast the country's best native bush and beaches. Hot Water Beach offers a really unique experience where, at low tide, you can dig in the sand which allows the sulphur-heated waters to rise to the top and create your personal thermal spa.
Walk to world-famous Cathedral Cove. Inland, the Coromandel Ranges are cloaked in native rainforest and run through the peninsula center which are a haven for forest trekking. Take a trip on New Zealand's only narrow gauge railway through regenerating native forest with spectacular views over the Hauraki Gulf. Explore historic gold mining towns and the relics that have been left for visitors to discover in the spectacular Karangahake Gorge.
Enjoy the tastes of the Coromandel. Visitors can enjoy mussels, fish and other various seafood either by catching and preparing their own or trying it at one of the numerous cafés and restaurants.
A wonderful time to visit the Coromandel is in the spring when the new growth in the subtropical rain forest is prevalent and the sea is warming. This region remains largely undiscovered by international tourists, so is especially uncrowded during the spring months.
The Coromandel is a favourite getaway spot for New Zealanders in the summer time, particularly the eastern coast, which boasts beautiful white sand beaches and endless opportunities for fishing, diving, boating, surfing and swimming.
This is a great time of year to hire a kayak and explore the many offshore islands.
Do you dream about walking on a deserted beach with the person you want to be with the most? Autumn in the Coromandel can bring this dream alive. Our suggestion is to visit the Coromandel during the autumn months - March, April and May.
The weather is very settled during autumn, perfect for outdoor activities that are available in the Coromandel. Visit secluded beaches and picturesque Cathedral Cove near the village of Hahei. Visitors have a much greater chance of getting out on a boat rental in autumn due to the settled weather.
Diving and snorkelling - the sea temperature is at its highest and visibility is excellent.
Fishing - the big game fish are out - March is usually the top month for marlin fishing.
Wildlife spotting - the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park is an incredibly diverse ecosystem. Species you may see include; Common Dolphins, Bottlenose Dolphins, Killer Whales, Humpback Whales, Beaked Whales, Seals, Penguins, Gannets, Shearwaters, Cape Pigeons, and Shags.
Bushwalking - in autumn tracks are dry and you will find very little other foot traffic. Hundreds of tracks can be found in the Coromandel some leading to the magnificent native tree, the Kauri (similar in stature to the Sequoia).
Garden visits - these are open for public viewing and are still looking great with the added bonus of more settled weather. The warm climate in the Coromandel means that the hibiscus flower can be found, and they are at their best in March.
Birding - Thousands of shorebirds arrive at Miranda on the Firth of Thames. Many of them breed on the tundra of Eastern Siberia and Alaska. They arrive and stay several months feeding, resting and moulting before flying north to the Arctic. It is a remarkable tale of migration, visit http://www.miranda-shorebird.org.nz/.
If you are traveling to the Coromandel during our winter period take the opportunity to spend a night or two in home hosted accommodation. The Coromandel region has a great selection of upmarket home hosted properties that are located in idyllic surrounds. Whether it is a forest setting or a view of the sea, there are many to choose from, and you won't need to leave the comfort and surrounds of your accommodation to receive a real 'kiwi' experience.
Activities that are suited to winter months include the museums around the region that tell the interesting stories of the gold mining and Kauri logging past. There are artist and craftspeople outlets to call on and galleries can be found in most of the centers around the Coromandel.
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