Three Islands NZ - Personalised Travel Planning. Dunedin, New Zealand. Email: pippa@threeislandsnz.com

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THE COROMANDEL

The Coromandel, renowned for its pristine beaches, misty forests and laid-back vibe, is one of New Zealand's most popular holiday destinations. With a mountainous interior cloaked in native rainforest and more than 400 kilometres of dazzling white sand beaches, it is rustic, unspoiled and relaxed.

 

Activities and attractions are plentiful, from fishing and diving to hiking and cycling. You might choose skydiving in Whitianga or a guided sea kayak tour around the coast. For the more adventurous there's Sleeping God Canyon, a 300m vertical descent down a set of waterfalls.

 

Coromandel Peninsula has some of the most stunning beaches in the North Island, golden sand, hot pools and glorious waters. One particularly fun thing to do is dig a pool at Hot Water Beach, sink yourself into a sandy thermal bath, and then dive into the cool waters of the bay. Hot Water Beach is best visited two hours either side of low-tide. If you arrive at high tide the hot springs will be under water. Spades can be hired at the local shop.

Accessible only on foot or by boat, famous Cathedral Cove is one of the “must visit” sites on The Coromandel. It is a spectacular coastal walk into Cathedral Cove, but perhaps the best way to explore the breathtaking coastline of the reserve is by kayak, water taxi or scenic boat cruise.