The Coromandel Peninsula is truly 'good for your soul.’ Enjoy a laid-back vibe coupled with unspoiled natural surroundings - from the geological architecture of Cathedral Cove, to the natural springs of Hot Water Beach, and the walking trails through majestic kauri forests.

Though the stunning peninsula is visible from Auckland, the Coromandel feels like a true escape. You’ll arrive into Coromandel Town, a historic gold mining town and arts destination – and the perfect base to start your adventure. With plenty of tours to choose between, you can visit the famous Cathedral Cove, relax on the hidden New Chums Beach, indulge at The Lost Spring luxury thermal retreat, and more.

Where is it?

The Coromandel Peninsula extends 85 km 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 Wharf (Waiheke Island) makes the journey only about an hour. The ferry arrives into Hannafords Wharf, connecting to a complimentary shuttle bus for a 20-minute journey to Coromandel Town.

What can I do?

  • Historic Coromandel Town - A former gold mining town, Coromandel Town is rich in history. Explore heritage buildings dating back to the discovery of gold in 1852. Now a haven for New Zealand-based artists, the town has plenty of galleries to browse. Walk along Long Bay Beach and refuel with local cuisine from one of many cafés and restaurants. Coromandel Town is a great base for your Coromandel adventure, as all tours depart from here. A complimentary Coromandel Town shuttle bus meets each ferry sailing.
  • Kauri Forest - Just 3 km south of Coromandel Town is one of the most spectacular stands of giant kauri trees. Enter the tranquil grove and enjoy a 30-minute stroll via boardwalks and footbridges. Learn more about the Waiau Kauri Grove on the guided Coromandel Guided Kauri Forest tour. Learn more about how you can help keep kauri standing.
  • Cathedral Cove - Accessible only by foot or boat, Cathedral Cove is the most famous site on the Coromandel Peninsula. A stunning coastal walking track descends to the amazing rock arch and geological architecture on the beach below. To experience Cathedral Cove and other must-see attractions, consider booking The Coromandel Classic tour.
  • Geothermal Springs - Treat yourself to a day of luxury at The Lost Spring thermal resort. Relax in mineral pools, surrounded by a luscious sub-tropical paradise and running waterfalls. While you soak, enjoy cocktails and poolside platters. For a rejuvenating experience, consider The Lost Spring Thermal Explorer tour.
  • Driving Creek Railway - New Zealand's steepest mountain railway, Driving Creek features a unique railway journey climbing through a native regenerating kauri forest. See pottery sculptures and artworks as the train winds its way to the EyeFull Tower lookout for superb views over Coromandel Town and beyond. See more details about the Driving Creek Railway tour.
  • Beaches - Coromandel is home to some of the most pristine, hidden beaches. Closest to Coromandel Town is the beautiful Long Bay Beach. New Chums Beach is consistently rated one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The reward of clear azure water is well worth the 30-minute coastal trek, as it's only accessible by foot. Hot Water Beach is another popular spot, where you can dig your own natural spa pool on either side of low tide. Book the New Chums Beach Explorer tour, or consider the Coromandel Classic tour to experience Hot Water Beach.
  • Walking Tracks - Many of Coromandel's most popular walking tracks - including Cathedral Cove, Waiau Kauri Forest, and New Chums Beach - are most accessible from one of our many tour offerings. However, there are plenty of walking tracks within steps of Coromandel Town. Travel the Kauri Block trail, which climbs a ridge through regenerating bush and native plantings, and ends with spectacular views at an old pā site. Access the trailhead from the top of Harbour View Road or down a right of way beside 356 Wharf Road in Coromandel town.

What do I need?

  • 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.

How long should I stay?

You'll need at least a full day to explore the Coromandel Peninsula. While streamlined ferry-to-tour packages make it possible to experience the highlights on a day trip from Auckland City, most visitors spend at least a night in the Coromandel. Bookings are recommended.

Shuttle Service

The ferry arrives into Hannafords Wharf, where a complimentary shuttle service meets each sailing and transports visitors to the heart of Coromandel Town - about a 20-minute journey. The shuttle bus also returns to the wharf, departing Coromandel Town 30 minutes before each return sailing. In Coromandel Town, the shuttle stop is located at the Samuel James Reserve car park.

On-Board Safety Guidelines

Your safety is important to us. To ensure that your journey is smooth sailing please follow our On-Board Safety Guidelines.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How far in advance do I need to arrive for my ferry?

    Boarding for Coromandel closes 15 minutes before departure time.

    If you have pre-purchased tickets from our website or MyFerry app, please make sure you have printed or downloaded your e-ticket BEFORE you leave home. This option allows you to go straight to boarding.

    If you are travelling from the Downtown ferry terminal please allow AT LEAST 45 minutes before your ferry departure to navigate the terminal and board your ferry. Please note the time provided is estimated and does not include car parking and walk time to terminal. Click here to learn more.

    Please use the current Ferry Terminal Pier Map below as a guide - the red dotted lines show where pedestrian access is available:

  • How do I pre-book my ferry trip or tour online to avoid ticket queues?

    Choose the destination or tour (and date of travel if applicable) and click ‘buy now’ and follow the transaction instructions to complete your purchase online. You’ll receive a confirmation email and your e-ticket to either print at home or download BEFORE you leave home so you can go straight to your boarding pier [indicated on the ticket].
    Click here to learn more

    We recommend purchasing your tickets in advance of travel and arrival at the ferry terminal, especially during the peak of summer and public holidays.

  • How long should I stay in Coromandel?

    Coromandel offers different length experiences depending on what sort of stay you'd like to have. This really depends on how much of the Coromandel you want to experience. You will spend at least one full day exploring the region. The 1 day trip sees you leave in the morning and return the same evening. If you wish to stay longer you can. You can spend a night, a weekend or even longer exploring the gorgeous Coromandel (depending on the time of year you're travelling). Be sure to check out our ferry timetable to see when our return sailings are. Click here for ferry timetables.

  • What is there to do in the Coromandel?

    There is always something to see and do, including the Driving Creek Railway and Potteries, the Waterworks, beautiful landscape attractive to walkers and cyclists, and of course the friendly Coro-style hospitality offering fresh local seafood and catering for all tastes. Stop by one of the nearby stunning beaches (Whangapoua Beach, New Chums Beach, Hot Water Beach, Kuaotunu, Whitianga) for family swimming and picnics. For a bit more of an adventure, stay longer and explore Cathedral Cove, Hot Water Beach, Coromandel’s most famous attractions or the remote splendour of the Northern Coromandel. We offer a range of tours to these attractions, to view our range of tours click here.

  • What do I need to bring?

    This varies depending on how long you plan to stay and which activities you plan on doing. Good walking shoes, sun block and a sun hat, swimming gear and a towel are key items during summer. Plenty of water, snacks and lunch may also be a good idea although there are placea to get food in Coromandel Town. A rain jacket and warm clothing may also be a good idea, depending on the time of year and conditions.

  • Can I bring my bicycle?

    Yes, however there is limited capacity so you must book this in at the time of your ferry booking to ensure we have space to carry it.

  • How do I get from the wharf to Coromandel Town?

    A return shuttle between the wharf to Coromandel Town is included in your ferry tickets.

  • How do I get to Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove from the wharf?

    You can book our two-day Coromandel Classic tour which will take you to Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove. For more information on our tour click here.

  • Is the ferry to Coromandel a direct service?

    No. The ferry to Coromandel makes stops at Orapiu, Waiheke Island and Rotoroa Island to drop off and pick up passengers.

  • Is my ticket valid for future dates, or only the day/time specified on the ticket?

    Sailings to Coromandel have limited capacity - this means bookings are essential and valid only for the date and time indicated on the ticket. If you’re planning an overnight stay in Coromandel Town, you'll need to ensure you book the exact date and time you wish to return.

  • I’m staying the night in Coromandel Town, where should I stay?

    There are plenty of great accommodation options depending on what kind of stay you’d like. Here are some that we recommend:

    If you’re planning an overnight stay and have booked your own accommodation at one of the destinations we travel to, please ensure you have booked the correct return ferry on the exact date and time you wish to return.

    IMPORTANT: A same day return ticket does not allow an overnight stay at any of our destinations. Avoid disappointment on the day and check you book the correct return ferry trip!

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