Coromandel

Travel Guide
Driving Creek Railway showing landscape views, tranquil scenes and general coastal views

This peninsular is known for its stunning beaches and coastline hikes, vineyards, gold mining history and New Zealand’s famous fresh green lipped mussels.

The Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand’s North Island features picturesque beaches, coral reefs, rainforest hiking trails, vintage railways and country hideaways just a 1.5-hour drive from Auckland. There are three main areas of the Coromandel, the north west coast including Coromandel town, the Whitianga area on the east coast, and the Thames area to the southwest.

Coromandel Town encompasses the Coromandel harbor and islands within it, and offers an abundance of outdoor activities from fishing, swimming and sailing on the harbor, to rainforest train trips and treks through ancient Kauri forests. The town itself is full of character, with historic buildings and gold mining relics. Take a narrow gauge railway through rainforest to a pottery.

The Whitianga area has some of the most stunning and geographically interesting beaches. Dig yourself a thermal spa at Hot Water Beach, where hot spring water seeps up through the sand. Hike through coastal pine forest and over scenic headland to Cathedral Cove Beach. Enter through the huge white rock archway that gives the beach its name. Take the ferry from Whitianga to Cooks Beach for a secluded swim and bush trails, a visit to wineries, or a game fishing expedition.

Whitianga is known for its seafood. Come in September for the annual scallop festival where you can try everything from green lipped mussels and pipis to crayfish.

Gold history comes alive in the Karangahake Gorge in the Thames area. Hike or cycle through 4.5 miles (7 kilometers) of rainforest by a spectacular gorge and river, strewn with interesting historical ruins from one of New Zealand’s most productive mines. Adventurous travelers can canyon down waterfalls in Kaueranga Valley just outside Thames.

Get around the Coromandel Peninsular by rental car. Many tour operators offer all-inclusive adventure packages leaving from Auckland. Ferries run between Auckland and Coromandel year-round. The area has many beaches to explore, water activities to enjoy, and fresh seafood to sample, so it’s best to give yourself at least a couple of days to enjoy the natural beauty and unwind.

Anchor Lodge Motel Coromandel
Anchor Lodge Motel Coromandel
4 out of 5
448 Wharf Road, Coromandel
The price is Rs3,867 per night from 2 Feb to 3 Feb
Situated near the beach, this motel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Coromandel Historical Museum and within 3 miles (5 km) of Long Bay and Coromandel Goldfields Centre ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (258 reviews)
"I’m will recommend this place to everyone"

Reviewed on 3 May 2021

Anchor Lodge Motel Coromandel
Coromandel Court Motel
Coromandel Court Motel
4 out of 5
365 Kapanga Road, Coromandel
The price is Rs8,473 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan
Situated in Coromandel, this motel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Coromandel Historical Museum, Coromandel Goldfields Centre & Stamper Battery and Driving Creek ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (92 reviews)
"Great people, very friendly, gave dinner advise, room was lovely and clean, we stayed only one night, we could of stayed longer. Really close to the wee town ship."

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2022

Coromandel Court Motel
Shelly Beach Top 10 Holiday Park
Shelly Beach Top 10 Holiday Park
2 out of 5
243 Colville Rd, Coromandel, Waikato
The price is Rs4,084 per night from 15 Feb to 16 Feb
Nestled on the beach, this Coromandel campsite is within 3 mi (5 km) of Driving Creek Railway, Coromandel Historical Museum and Coromandel Goldfields Centre ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (13 reviews)
"Awesome atmosphere, lovely people, staff are friendly and informative."

Reviewed on 9 Jan 2022

Shelly Beach Top 10 Holiday Park
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Shelly Beach Top 10 Holiday Park
Shelly Beach Top 10 Holiday Park
2 out of 5
243 Colville Rd, Coromandel, Waikato
The price is Rs4,084 per night from 15 Feb to 16 Feb
Nestled on the beach, this Coromandel campsite is within 3 mi (5 km) of Driving Creek Railway, Coromandel Historical Museum and Coromandel Goldfields Centre ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (13 reviews)
"Awesome atmosphere, lovely people, staff are friendly and informative."

Reviewed on 9 Jan 2022

Shelly Beach Top 10 Holiday Park
Coromandel Cottages
Coromandel Cottages
4 out of 5
1737 Rings Rd, Coromandel
The price is Rs7,406 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Situated in Coromandel, this cottage is within a 15-minute walk of Coromandel Historical Museum and Coromandel Goldfields Centre & Stamper Battery. Driving Creek ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (128 reviews)
"Great base for coromandel - 20 mins walk to town 1 hour return!😁"

Reviewed on 8 Jan 2022

Coromandel Cottages
Oamaru Bay Tourist Park
Oamaru Bay Tourist Park
2.5 out of 5
440 Colville Rd, Coromandel, Waikato
Situated in Coromandel, this beach cabin is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Driving Creek Railway and within 6 miles (10 km) of Coromandel Goldfields Centre & Stamper Battery ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (22 reviews)
"Great location, close to the water and our unit was clean and very friendly staff. Great family atmosphere."

Reviewed on 31 Jan 2021

Oamaru Bay Tourist Park
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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