Our top 10 things to do in the Coromandel
The Coromandel basically captures all that is great about New Zealand – stunning beaches, natural wonders, endless adventure and quirky kiwi offerings. To help you plan your next holiday here, we’ve put together a list of what you must see and do in the Coromandel. For where to stay in the Coromandel take a look here!
See our top 10 must do’s on your trip to Coromandel…
1. Experience a thermal wonderland
The Coromandel is a natural phenomenon, further proven by the thermal wonderlands spread throughout the coastline! Said to have healing powers, there are many places you can access your dose of thermal water. Take the family out and dig your own spa pool at Hot Water Beach, where thermal water rises from beneath the sand. Or for a more adult indulgence, soak into an afternoon of relaxation at The Lost Spring, which is a stunning commercial spa complex on top of a natural thermal spring.
Book a bach in Hot Water Beach here!
2. Visit the classic Cathedral Cove
A must see in the Coromandel and arguably one of the most photographed spots in New Zealand, Cathedral Cove certainly is a natural wonder. Accessible by kayak, boat or hiking, there are endless ways to experience Cathedral Cove and the surrounding marine reserve. Popular all year long, pre-planning your journey here is definitely recommended as parking options often fill up fast!
Why not stay close by and book a bach in Hahei?
3. Chill out on New Chum Beach
The secret’s out and this hard to get to beach is popular amongst locals and tourists alike. Ranked as one of the top beaches in the world, this golden sand beach is reached via a 30-minute hike through native forest. It’s said a visit to New Chum Beach is good for your soul and it is quite likely you’ll see orca and dolphins swimming the length of the beach. It really is a slice of heaven!
A Whangapoua holiday house is the perfect base to get to New Chums
4. Climb Mt. Paku
This volcanic peak offers incredible views of Tairua and Pauanui and an absolute must do in the Coromandel. A short walk along the well-formed trail will bring you through native trees like Karaka and Pohutakawa – which are often full of perching tuis. It’s an ideal family outing and a wonderful photo opportunity at the top.
Why not choose to stay at a beachfront Tairua bach?
5. Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway
With all the choices of what to do in the Coromandel, this walkway is one of the most surprising gems! This sharply winding walkway is extremely photogenic and full of unique experiences. Top treasures include Owharoa Falls, old mine shafts and an underground powerhouse along the river trail. Allow yourself plenty of time to meander the trails and stop along the way for a picnic.
Visit Karangahake Gorge from one of our Waihi Beach holiday homes!
6. Go antiquing in Paeroa
Home to the world’s largest L&P bottle and the most antique shops per square metre, a pit stop in Paeroa is a must. Located at the base of the Coromandel, this quirky little town is also home to the Karangahake Gorge, the Hauraki Rail Trail and therapeutic spring water which is a key ingredient in the infamous Lemon & Paeroa (L&P) drink. While unknown to much of the rest of the world, Paeroa is definitely world famous in New Zealand!
Book a bach in the Coromandel and Paeroa will be a must do on the way in or out!
7. Hike the Pinnacles
An 3.5 hour hike to the summit of the Pinnacles will bring you to stunning views of Kaueranga Valley, the Bay of Plenty and the Hauraki Gulf and Plains. One of New Zealand’s most popular overnight walks will allow you to re-trace the original steps made for packhorses during the kauri logging days and also camp out for the night in the 80 bed DOC hut. But for those who are game, the walk can be conquered in one day.
Why not plan your ascent of The Pinnacles from a Pauanui holiday home?
8. Surf and swim at Whangamata Beach
The Coromandel is world-famous for their beaches and Whangamata Beach has got to be one of their best! Offering long stretches of white sand, great surf and a safe swimming beach, everyone in the group will enjoy the day out. There is even a great wharf for fishing if you’re keen. No matter what activity you choose to do at Whangamata beach, the beautifully coloured waves will provide for a memorable experience.
Book one of our many fabulous Whangamata holiday houses to escape to this beautiful part of the Coromandel.
9. Take the scenic route on the 309 Road
While on holiday, find time to take the scenic route! The 309 Road is a windy gravel road that will bring you past numerous Coromandel treasures, including Castle Rock, Waiau Falls and lots of free-range pigs! There are sure to be lots of oohs and aahs from the back seat of your car as every corner has a new delight to offer. But take note, when we say this road is windy, it really is windy!
Maybe stop by on the way up to your Matarangi bach?
10. Get zen in the Rapaura Watergardens
This hidden gem of the Coromandel provides the ultimate scenic sojourn. Full of native trees, ferns, flora, garden sculptures, lily ponds, cascading waterfalls and birdsong overhead, it’s hard not to get zen while here. With a $10pp entry fee into an honesty box, you’ll have access to their thoughtfully planned walkway through the Rapaura Watergardens – an experience that all ages will love.
A great day trip out from one of our range of Coromandel holiday homes.
Already day-dreaming of your next family holiday to the Coromandel? Book one of our Coromandel holiday homes for your next trip!