Coromandel

Travel Guide
Driving Creek Railway showing general coastal views, tranquil scenes and landscape views
This peninsular is known for its stunning beaches and coastline hikes, vineyards, gold mining history and New Zealand’s famous fresh green lipped mussels.

The Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand’s North Island features picturesque beaches, coral reefs, rainforest hiking trails, vintage railways and country hideaways just a 1.5-hour drive from Auckland. There are three main areas of the Coromandel, the north west coast including Coromandel town, the Whitianga area on the east coast, and the Thames area to the southwest.

Coromandel Town encompasses the Coromandel harbor and islands within it, and offers an abundance of outdoor activities from fishing, swimming and sailing on the harbor, to rainforest train trips and treks through ancient Kauri forests. The town itself is full of character, with historic buildings and gold mining relics. Take a narrow gauge railway through rainforest to a pottery.

The Whitianga area has some of the most stunning and geographically interesting beaches. Dig yourself a thermal spa at Hot Water Beach, where hot spring water seeps up through the sand. Hike through coastal pine forest and over scenic headland to Cathedral Cove Beach. Enter through the huge white rock archway that gives the beach its name. Take the ferry from Whitianga to Cooks Beach for a secluded swim and bush trails, a visit to wineries, or a game fishing expedition.

Whitianga is known for its seafood. Come in September for the annual scallop festival where you can try everything from green lipped mussels and pipis to crayfish.

Gold history comes alive in the Karangahake Gorge in the Thames area. Hike or cycle through 4.5 miles (7 kilometers) of rainforest by a spectacular gorge and river, strewn with interesting historical ruins from one of New Zealand’s most productive mines. Adventurous travelers can canyon down waterfalls in Kaueranga Valley just outside Thames.

Get around the Coromandel Peninsular by rental car. Many tour operators offer all-inclusive adventure packages leaving from Auckland. Ferries run between Auckland and Coromandel year-round. The area has many beaches to explore, water activities to enjoy, and fresh seafood to sample, so it’s best to give yourself at least a couple of days to enjoy the natural beauty and unwind.

Shelly Beach Top 10 Holiday Park
Shelly Beach Top 10 Holiday Park
2 out of 5
243 Colville Rd, Coromandel, Waikato, 3584
The price is NZ$87 per night from 16 Aug. to 17 Aug.
Stay at this beach campsite in Coromandel. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Popular attractions Long Bay and Driving Creek Railway are located ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (21 reviews)
beautiful beach beautiful night sky beautiful unit
"friendly check in, initially could not find booking but this was only for a minute, good explanation of where to find unit and facilities and also camp rules unit was like new , glamping cabin sit in bed and see the beach, very clean, appears new still, facilities showers also very clean and maintained, ..."

Reviewed on 7 May 2022

Shelly Beach Top 10 Holiday Park
Anchor Lodge Motel Coromandel
Anchor Lodge Motel Coromandel
4 out of 5
448 Wharf Road, Coromandel, 3506
The price is NZ$150 per night from 16 Aug. to 17 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly motel in Coromandel. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (276 reviews)
"Went with my family, and had a very enjoyable stay, albeit cut a bit short due to the inclement weather ! Excellent location and service, would certainly be my preferred accommodation when i visit this beautiful and historic town again ! On the downside, maybe a breakfast option at the lodge would ..."

Reviewed on 25 Jul. 2022

Anchor Lodge Motel Coromandel
Harbour View Motel Coromandel
Harbour View Motel Coromandel
4 out of 5
25 Harbour View Road, Coromandel, 3581
The price is NZ$105 per night from 20 Aug. to 21 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star motel in Coromandel. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (276 reviews)
"We love everything, view, close to shops, friendly reception will stay there again."

Reviewed on 6 Jun. 2022

Harbour View Motel Coromandel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Shelly Beach Top 10 Holiday Park
Shelly Beach Top 10 Holiday Park
2 out of 5
243 Colville Rd, Coromandel, Waikato, 3584
The price is NZ$87 per night from 16 Aug. to 17 Aug.
Stay at this beach campsite in Coromandel. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Popular attractions Long Bay and Driving Creek Railway are located ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (21 reviews)
beautiful beach beautiful night sky beautiful unit
"friendly check in, initially could not find booking but this was only for a minute, good explanation of where to find unit and facilities and also camp rules unit was like new , glamping cabin sit in bed and see the beach, very clean, appears new still, facilities showers also very clean and maintained, ..."

Reviewed on 7 May 2022

Shelly Beach Top 10 Holiday Park
Coromandel Cottages
Coromandel Cottages
4 out of 5
1737 Rings Rd, Coromandel, 3506
Stay at this 4-star cottage in Coromandel. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. Popular ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (135 reviews)
"Good location, quiet , clean and well set up."

Reviewed on 6 May 2022

Coromandel Cottages
Oamaru Bay Tourist Park
Oamaru Bay Tourist Park
2.5 out of 5
440 Colville Rd, Coromandel, Waikato, 3584
Stay at this beach cabin in Coromandel. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a garden. Our guests praise the comfy beds in their reviews. Popular attractions Long ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (22 reviews)
"Great location, close to the water and our unit was clean and very friendly staff. Great family atmosphere."

Reviewed on 31 Jan. 2021

Oamaru Bay Tourist Park
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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