With only five towns on the peninsula having populations over
1000 (including Coromandel, Whitianga, Thames Tairua and Whanhamata
which are all well-worth a visit), exploring the peninsular is all
about enjoying the great outdoors and natural beauty of New
Zealand, and the charm of small town and villages.
A key attraction in the Coromandel Peninsula is
infinitely-Instagrammable Cathedral Cove. You'll need to walk or
catch a boat from Hahei Beach to this naturally formed limestone
archway but we think that this wonder deserves all of the attention
it receives and is worth the journey. Bring a long a picnic and
relax in this tranquil setting.
If you are after an unusual activity, book a guided kayak tour
from Whangamata Beach and cruise out to Whenuakura, better known as
the Donut Island. This hidden treasure has dreamy beaches,
turquoise waters, and an unusual and beautiful collapsed blowhole
at its centre, giving it its namesake doughnut shape. This was,
until recently, a mostly local haunt but has quickly become a
must-do for visitors to the Coromandel.
If walking and outdoors adventuring is your thing, the
Coromandel coastal walkway in the remote northern part of the
peninsula is an untouched and spectacular part of the country to
explore on foot. Alternatively, consider walking the Pinnacles Walk
across a stunning mountain range, rated as one of New Zealand's
most popular overnight walks; ideal for catching a stunning sunset
If you are after a more relaxed vibe there are plenty of
leisurely activities such as the Hauraki Rail Trail - which
showcases some amazing scenery on its 136 km trail. It is fantastic
for a family day out with the kids to see nature in a fun and
exciting way. There are plenty of activities on the beach too, such
as on Hot Water Beach where, within a two-hour window either side
of low tide, you can grab a spade and dig yourself your very own
natural spa. This surreal experience will have you relaxing in your
own golden sand crater in a bath of hot water… on a beach!