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Renowned for its natural beauty and pristine beaches the Coromandel is an absolute must for visitors and Kiwis alike. Filled with great walks, cycle trails, wildlife havens and beaches like you’ve never seen before, the Coromandel is just a ferry ride away from New Zealand’s busiest city.
The Coromandel Peninsula is a coastal town on the east coast of the North Island and extends 85km from the western end of the Bay of Plenty, forming a natural barrier to protect the Hauraki Gulf and the Firth of Thames from the Pacific Ocean. The scenic cruise from downtown Auckland takes approximately two hours, while a departure from Orapiu on Waiheke makes the journey only about an hour. The ferry arrives into Hannafords Wharf, connecting to a complimentary shuttle bus for a 15-minute journey to Coromandel Town.
Visit Driving Creek and book into their conservation tour, pottery class, rail tour or zipline tour – a fantastic way to experience the Coromandel for the whole family. If you’ve got some time up your sleeve, be sure to check out the Coromandel Classic 2-Day tour and make the most of your trip on the coast.
Cathedral Cove is the icon of the Coromandel region and absolute must-see. Get there by boat or choose one of the walking tracks. The Pinnacles is rated as one of New Zealand’s most popular hikes with breath-taking views at the top. You’ll need a full eight hours for this walk and your own transport to get to the base of the walk in Kauaeranga Valley from Hannaford’s wharf (roughly an hour-long drive).
There are plenty of pristine white sand beaches across the Coromandel including the iconic Hot Water Beach is best visited two hours either side of low-tide. Hire a spade at the local shop and dig your own natural hot water pool when the tide is out, be careful some spots are hotter than others!
You'll need a full day to experience Coromandel Town if departing from Auckland. Sailings stop at Orapiu Wharf and Rotoroa Island.
- Good walking shoes, sun block and a sun hat.
- Swimming gear and a towel in the warmer months.
- A light rain jacket and warm layers. Temperatures can change quickly, regardless of the season.
If friends or whanau are collecting you from Coromandel, we recommend they pick you up directly at Hannaford’s Wharf as capacity is limited on the shuttle bus into Coromandel Town. The shuttle bus meets the ferry at Hannafords Wharf for the 15-minute journey into Coromandel Town. The shuttle returns to the ferry from Samuel James Reserve car park, departing 30 minutes prior to ferry departure times.
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