Coromandel Town and the 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 -
355 Kapanga Road.
Phone: (07) 866 8598
Fax (07) 866 7285
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 railway was built by well known local potter Barry Brickell and friends over thirty years. The line climbs to the Eyefull Tower, which offers magnificent panoramic views across the Hauraki Gulf. Train bookings are advisable.
Website: Driving Creek Railway and Pottery
Travel four kilometres south of Coromandel town along the 309 Road to Waiau Waterworks, Castle Rock and the Waiau Falls.
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: Waiau Waterworks
Pohutakawa tree - the New Zealand Christmas tree
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.
A lovely bush glade where the Waiau tumbles down a rock face into a pool below. A popular place for a swim. One kilometre up the road is the Kauri Grove lookout.
Around eight kilometres from the Coromandel town end of the 309 Road there is a protected grove of magnificent kauri trees aged between 600 and 700 years old. Allow yourself time to fully appreciate the 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.
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.
Coromandel eight-wheel Argo tours
Enjoy a breathtaking back-country ride in an Argo eight-wheel vehicle through native forest and visit the old gold-mine tunnels.
Tri Sail Charters Coromandel
View the Coromandel coast from the water on Trifecta and enjoy sailing on an 11.2metre trimaran multi-hull yacht around the islands of the Hauraki Gulf. Half day trips, full day trips and also extended overnight trips are available by arrangement.
Website: Tri Sail Charters
- 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.
- 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. Twenty minute walk down both beaches.
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. Dangerous undercurrents - take great care when swimming in the sea.
Check out the sea kayaking in the Mercury Bay area.
Website: Sea Kayak Tours