The beautiful Coromandel Peninsula has a variety of natural attractions and activities to enjoy. You can dig your own natural hot spring in the sand, walk through ancient rainforest or jump aboard a chartered boat cruise. The Coromandel region is a collection of sheltered bays with forest lined golden beaches and rocky outcrops.The beaches provide safe swimming, good fishing and excellent coastal walks.
Coromandel Peninsula is home to a thriving art and crafts community who welcome you into their studios and galleries. There are often art exhibitions and market days to visit which showcase the local talent. The towns that make up the Coromandel Peninsula include Whitianga, Tairua, Pauanui, Coromandel, Whangamata and many other inland settlements, each with their own identity. As a result the best places to stay on the Coromandel peninsula are retaining the same coastal ambiance for which the Coromandel area is known for. Accommodation ranges from luxury lodges, breezy bed and breakfasts and feature packed resorts to budget backpacker and holiday park accommodation. If you are travelling by motor home there are some excellent locations to spend the night to relax and recharge the batteries.
Attractions and activities in the Coromandel Peninsula include sea kayaking, sailing, fishing, diving, horse riding and guided sightseeing tours. Natural attractions include Cathedral Cove which is only accessible by boat or on foot. The Cove is part of a 9 hectare marine reserve which is home to a unique variety of marine life and rock formations. The pretty beach is sheltered and the perfect place for kayaking, swimming and beach walking. A number of scenic trails provide extensive views of both the rock formations and the ocean beyond. Another unique Coromandel Peninsula attraction is Hot Water Beach. Two hours either side of low tide you can dig your own private spa pool in the sand and admire the view. An underground river provides an endless supply of hot bubbling water to the beach which is rejuvenated to its original state by the ebb and flow of the tide.
The Coromandel Peninsula has some magnificent stands of ancient Kauri trees which can be viewed from a choice of walks ranging in length from 20 minutes to 2.5 hours. Choose from a selection of Coromandel Peninsula tours which provide experienced guides and informative commentaries on the Coromandel’s most popular attractions. Coromandel Peninsula Tours include walking tours, sea kayak adventures, fishing charters and extended overnight tours to islands and native forests. AAT Kings has several fully inclusive tours which incorporate a visit to the Coromandel Peninsula on New Zealands north island.