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.
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.
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.
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.
Bookings are recommended for Coromandel and we recommend arriving at the ferry terminal at least 30 minutes prior to ferry departure. Boarding for Coromandel closes 15 minutes before departure time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A return shuttle between the wharf to Coromandel Town is included in your ferry tickets.
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.
No. The ferry to Coromandel makes stops at Orapiu, Waiheke Island and Rotoroa Island to drop off and pick up passengers.
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.
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!