Activities and Attractions
Coromandel Town and surrounding area
The Coromandel region is ideal for activities such as swimming, boating, fishing and hiking. For historical enthusiasts, there are many sites of interest.
The Coromandel Town Information Centre has more information -
85 Kapanga Road.
Phone: (07) 866 8598
Website: Coromandel Town
Driving Creek Railway
Take a journey on a one hour-plus narrow-gauge mountain railway that passes through native forest and engineering marvels. The line climbs to the Eyefull Tower, which offers magnificent panoramic views across the Hauraki Gulf.
The railway was built by well known local potter Barry Brickell and friends over thirty years.
Train bookings are advisable.
Website: Driving Creek Railway and Pottery
Travel four kilometres south of Coromandel town along the 309 Road to The Waterworks, Castle Rock and the Waiau Falls.
The Waterworks is an entertaining adventure playground set in bush gardens, where whimsical contraptions powered by water will fascinate young and old. There's also a flying fox, picnic spots, a swimming hole, a café and a gallery of garden sculptures.
Website: The Waterworks
The core of an old volcano that rises above the bush.
Drive two kilometres through a pine forest after visiting the Waiau Waterworks. A bush walk will lead you to the rocks where you'll be rewarded with a panoramic view.
The walk takes two hours for fit adults or children.
This is a lovely bush glade where the Waiau river tumbles down a rock face into the pool below. This is a popular place for a swimming.
You'll find it one kilometre up the road is the Kauri Grove lookout.
Around eight kilometres from Coromandel town, at the end of the 309 Road, there is a protected grove of magnificent kauri trees aged between 600 and 700 years old.
Allow yourself plenty of time to fully appreciate this New Zealand native forest setting.
Gold Stamper Battery
A classic piece of New Zealand gold mining history. The Coromandel Gold Stamper is a museum that demonstrates the process of crushing the rock ore from the mine to the final product, gold.
The huge 105-year-old quartz stamper is driven by New Zealand's largest working water wheel.
Coromandal Coastal Walkway: Coastal walk from Fletcher Bay to Stony Bay at the top of the peninsula provides magnificent views from the coast line and off- shore islands, and one of the most unspoilt coastal landscapes in the region. Three hours walk.
Long Bay bush walk.
Kauri Grove: access from the 309 Road.
Kaipawa Trig track. The trig is accessible from two locations - the summit of Whangapoua Road (SH25) or the opposite Tokatea Lookout on the summit of Kennedy Bay Road.
Castle Rock: one hour each way (recommended only in dry weather), offers superb 360 degree views of both Coromandel coastlines and as far as downtown Auckland
Oamaru Bay beach, a safe swimming beach for young children, five minutes from the township.
Waitete Bay, all tide safe swimming, white sand beach, 20 minutes drive from Coromandel town, halfway towards Colville.
Waikawau Bay: 40 minutes drive to an unspoilt beach for swimming and surfing.
Hot Water Beach
New Chums beach
Visit Hahei, Cathedral Cove and Hotwater Beach in the Mercury Bay/Whitianga area.
Cathedral Cove is one of the 'must visit' sites on the Coromandel Peninsula. The scenic walking track begins at the northern end of Hahei.
Hotwater Beach: Hot springs surface on the sand two hours either side of low tide. Dig your own hot pool! Located few kilometres south of Hahei.
There are dangerous undercurrents - take great care when swimming in the sea.
Whangapoua & New Chums Beach: 15km east of Coromandel town. Take SH25, turn left at Te Rerenga and head towards the eastern coast.
Beach access from the southern end of Whangapoua Beach. There is a twenty minute walk down to both beaches.
Fishing and Harbour Cruises
Several choices are available for day and shorter excursions, as well as various charter services. For more information contact the Coromandel Information Centre.
Sea Kayaking in the Mercury Bay area.
Website: Sea Kayak Tours