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Holiday In Coromandel, New Zealand

Coromandel’s laid back vibe combines with beautiful unspoiled natural surroundings to make it a very popular holiday destination.  Located on New Zealand’s North Island, it is across the Gulf of Hauraki from Auckland.

Coromandel is rustic, relaxed, and beautiful.  It is on the Coromandel Peninsula, the interior of which is mountainous.  It has a rainforest and almost 250 miles of stunning white-sand beaches.  Activities enjoyed here include swimming, surfing, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, boating, hiking, cycling and so much more!

Some of the many “don’t miss” places here include

Cathedral Cove

Cathedral Cove is one of the most picturesque spots with its naturally formed gigantic cathedral-like archway.  It is accessible by boat or a walking track.

Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach is world-renowned.  Hot water bubbles up through the golden sand.  Within two hours either side of low tide, you can dig your own spa pool in the sand and relax in the natural springs.

Karangahake Gorge

Karangahake Gorge is a sharply winding canyon.  Explore the bridges, tunnels, and walkways and get breathtaking views of the Waitawheta River and lush green forest.

The Pinnacles

The Pinnacles towering rock formations with jagged edges.  The Pinnacle Walk will take you to the top of one Pinnacle and can be done in a day.  It can also be done overnight with incredible views of the sunset and sunrise.

Coromandel Coastal Walkway

Coromandel Coastal Walkway in the remote northern part of the Coromandel Peninsula.  You’ll get stunning views of the ocean with Mount Moehau looming above you.  

Hauraki Trail Ride

Hauraki Trail Ride is a grade one family friendly bicycle ride.  Get incredible views of the North Island’s best scenery and will take you through the Karangahake Gorge.

Waihi Beach

Waihi Beach has sweeping white sand and is one of the safest surf beaches in New Zealand.

Sailors Grave

Sailors Grave, aka Te Karo Bay, is an uninhabited beach that is a popular surf and picnic spot.  The Bay is perfect for swimming and kayaking.  It is home to the oldest sailor’s grave in New Zealand and a memorial to sailors.

Whiritoa Beach

Whiritoa Beach is a great place for fishing, surfing and snorkeling.  Its beauty attracts photographers and artists.  It is a popular spot for romantic picnics on the beach and weddings.


You can explore the Coromandel Peninsula on your own or go on a tour with a guide who can explain what you’re seeing.  Take a tour of Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach or a tour of the Coromandel Coastal Walking.

You can also see Coromandel’s forest on a Zipline Tour.

You can learn about Coromandel’s gold industry on a gold story tour.

Or explore the peninsula on a Harley Davidson Tour.

Coromandel is a coastal town with a long history of gold mining and logging.  The town is a charming blend of Victorian architecture, beaches and forest.

Hotel Deals

If you’d like to take an upscale escape to Coromandel, you should consider the following hotels.  They all received at least a 9 (out of 10) in their guest reviews on  And you can use to find the best price for your stay.

  • The Olive Motel 
  • Hush Boutique Accommodation
  • Coromandel Cottages
  • Atea Lodge
  • Fern Lodge
  • Coromandel Court Motel
  • Oceans Resort Whitianga
  • Rapaura Watergardens
  • Tatahi Lodge Beach Resort
  • Bayside Holiday Units
  • Shelly Beach Top 10 Holiday Park
  • Onetangi Beach Apartments
  • To Whau Lodge
  • Church Accommodation
  • Beachfront Resort
  • Ocean Serenity Apartments Whitianga
  • Pipi Dune Bed & Breakfast
  • Harbour Drive B&B
  • Andreas Bed & Breakfast
  • Taigh na Mara Bed & Breakfast
  • Hahei Bed & Breakfast
  • Bailey’s At The Beach Motel
  • Sovereign Pier on the Waterways
  • Waterfront Apartments Whitianga
  • Milo’s Homestay
  • At Parkland Place
  • Mooring Lane Lodge
  • Crowsnest Apartments