Overview

The Coromandel Peninsula is truly 'good for your soul.’ Enjoy a laid-back vibe coupled with unspoiled natural surroundings in historic Coromandel Town. You’ll arrive into Coromandel Town, a historic gold mining town and arts destination – and the perfect base to start your adventure.

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 15-minute journey to Coromandel Town.

What can I do?

Driving Creek Conservation Park Explorer
Driving Creek Conservation Park Explorer
  • Guided walking tour of Driving Creek Conservation Park
  • View the colourful native geckos within the sanctuary
  • Introduction to habitat restoration for native species
  • Includes return transfer from Coromandel Town

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Driving Creek Pottery Explorer
Driving Creek Pottery Explorer Experience
  • 1 hour mountain railway ride
  • Learn about Barry Brickell’s pottery legacy
  • Let a professional potter teach you the basics of throwing, slab work, coiling or sculpture
  • Enjoy a guided tour around the pottery workshops

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Driving Creek Railway Explorer
Driving Creek Railway Explorer
  • 1 hour mountain railway ride
  • Journey through replanted native kauri forest
  • EyeFull Tower viewing platform
  • Guided commentary and superb views

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Historic Coromandel Town
Historic Coromandel Town
  • Historic goldmining town
  • Cafes, restaurants and galleries
  • Accommodation and overnight tours
  • Gateway to Coromandel Peninsula

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Coromandel Classic 2-Day Tour
The Coromandel Classic 2-Day Tour
  • Cathedral Cove & Hot Water Beach Express tour
  • Cathedral Cove Walkway
  • Hot Water Beach experience
  • Driving Creek Railway/Conservation Combo Explorer

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Driving Creek Zipline Explorer
Driving Creek Zipline Explorer
  • Zipline Canopy Tour across eight ziplines
  • Fly above trees and walk beneath ferns
  • Learn about the transformation from goldmining to conservation park
  • Return transfer from Coromandel Town

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Railway & Conservation Combo Explore
Railway & Conservation Combo Explorer
  • 1 hr 15min Driving Creek Railway Tour
  • Guided walking tour of the Driving Creek Conservation Park
  • View the endangered reptiles within the sanctuary
  • Includes return transfer from Coromandel Town

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How long should I stay?

You'll need a full day to experience Coromandel Town if departing from Auckland. Sailings stop at Orapiu Wharf and Rotoroa Island.

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.

Shuttle Service

If friends or whanau are collecting you from Coromandel, we recommend that 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 15min journey into Coromandel Town. The shuttle returns to the ferry from Samuel James Reserve car park, departing 30mins prior to ferry departure times.

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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