coromandel tours Coromandel Town Explorer

The Coromandel Town Explorer is one of the Coromandel’s most popular day trips. Visit the famous Driving Creek Railway - New Zealand’s only narrow gauge mountain railway. The railway features superb views from the "Eyeful Tower" viewing platform, unique art features and a replanted native forest.

Then join a guided tour to Coromandel’s most majestic grove of giant ancient Kauri. The experienced local guides will unfold the rich story of the Coromandel Kauri and the history of the Coromandel. During this experience you’ll enjoy a short walk to the picturesque Waiau Waterfall – a treat for photographers!

This package brings the story of Coromandel to life.


Availability: Tour operates weekends only, in conjunction with the 360 Coromandel ferry service. Note: you can only do one tour a day
Time: Half day
Tour Price: Adult $75, Child $40.(ferry fares are additional)
* Admission into Driving Creek Railway is included
Fitness: Easy


What to Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes, sun block and a sun hat.
  • Plenty of water.
  • A light rain jacket, depending on the time of year and conditions.
  • Camera.


Additional Information

Departs Coromandel Town to Driving Creek Railway 12.15pm
Pickup from Driving Creek Railway for return to Coromandel 1.55pm
Departs Coromandel Town for 309 Road 2.00pm
Returns Coromandel 3.45pm approx
  • Shuttle operates in conjunction with the 360 Discovery Ferry timetable.
  • Snacks and plenty of water.
  • Suitable for all ages.
  • Bookings are essential.
  • Admission into the Driving Creek Railway is included.
  • Child car seats available on request in advance.
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Travel Alerts


Unfortunately, due to mechanical issues all Stanley Bay ferry services have been cancelled this morning, Tuesday 28 March 2017.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Orapiu Wharf – temporary closure

Over the past 4 months Orapiu Wharf has been partially closed due to the steps and boarding platforms requiring repair. We’ve continued operating our service by utilising the front face of the wharf, but this has come with many challenges.
Due to safety concerns for both our crew and passengers, we’ve made the decision to suspend services to the wharf until repairs are made.
Auckland Transport will undertake repairs and have advised they’ll endeavour to have these completed in order for the wharf to be operational prior to Easter.

We understand that Orapiu is a vital link for residents on Waiheke Island for travel to and from Coromandel, and apologise for the inconvenience this may cause you. During the time of this temporary closure, passengers will need to depart from downtown Auckland. 


If you have travel booked departing from Orapiu please contact 360 Discovery on 09 307 8005.