Why you should pay a visit to the Coromandel Peninsula

New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula is a stunner amid stiff competition. Located 35 miles east of Auckland, from where it’s visible on a clear day, and across the Hauraki Gulf from Waiheke Island, it is easy to reach and you should definitely visit Coromandel Peninsula if you’re planning a trip to North Island.

Why Visit Coromandel Peninsula

Sunrise on the Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand. visit Coromandel Peninsula
Coromandel Peninsula beach: Photo © albertpalenshoots

The perfect antidote to city living

If you’ve enjoyed your visit to Auckland but are yearning for a bit of peace and quiet, you can’t do much better than driving to the Coromandel. Its verdant, hilly interior and strips of white sand beaches offer the traveller a laid back location for a bit of rest and recuperation.

Coromandel Peninsula. Flickr: Breizh33 / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Coromandel Peninsula. Flickr: Breizh33 / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Plenty of activities and attractions

That’s not to say there’s nothing to do when you visit Coromandel Peninsula. Amidst this unspoiled location, you’ll find a wealth of activities and attractions to fill your days. Many locals make their living from art or crafts, making this a great centre for studio hopping and gallery browsing. Those seeking an adrenaline rush will be thrilled by a skydiving adventure at Whitianga or a descent 300 metres down the spectacular set of waterfalls that leads into Sleeping God Canyon. For those looking for a more sedate option, there’s the exquisite Cathedral Cove, a marine reserve whose impressive land forms have been sculpted by the sea over thousands of years, and of course the delights of lounging around in nature’s hot tub, Hot Water Beach.

Cathedral Cove, Hahei, New Zealand. visit Coromandel Peninsula
Cathedral Cove, Hahei, New Zealand. Flckr: Chris Gin / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

A walker’s paradise

In a nation famed for its Great Walks, the Coromandel has no shortage of hikes and tramps to delight the visitor. An easy stop on the State Highway 2, the Karangahake Gorge at the base of the Coromandel offers a glimpse into the area’s mining heritage. Pass through a kilometre-long railway tunnel and on to Owharoa Falls and the Victoria Battery, established at the end of the 19th century for the purpose of crushing quartz. Further north, the famous Coromandel Coastal Walkway links Fletcher Bay and Stony Bay via scenic panoramas that showcase the very best coastal vistas as well as stunning views of Mount Moehau. Also up north, you’ll find the Muriwai Coastal Walk leading up the headland from the Port Jackson campsite located right at the water’s edge.

Port Jackson, Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand. visit Coromandel Peninsula
Port Jackson, Coromandel Peninsula: Photo © albertpalenshoots

The best place to catch the sunrise

Those in search of an overnight hike will be more than satisfied with the Pinnacles Track, once used by the Kauri loggers, gum diggers and gold miners that used to make a living in these parts. Get up early and hike to the top: from the top of the Pinnacles there’s a 360° panorama comprising both the Coromandel coasts, the Bay of Plenty and the Hauraki Gulf. Now, if that’s not a view worth getting out of bed for, I don’t know what is.

Sunrise at Cathedral Cove, Coromandel. visit Coromandel Peninsula
Sunrise at Cathedral Cove, Coromandel. Flickr: Moritz Lino / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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Julia Hammond is a Geography teacher turned travel writer with a passion for places. Winning Mail Travel's Deep South competition was the catalyst to write for a diverse range of publications including Bradt's Bus Pass Britain Rides Again. She’s written Kindle guides to Cape Town, Peru and London for Unanchor and advice on Savannah for Wanderlust. When not travelling, she can be found at home in Essex planning her next trip, her two golden retrievers curled up at her feet.

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    Andy Holt

    This is a wonderful article Julia with beautiful pictures, my partner and I are so excited to be visiting the Coromandel Peninsula for a week next October, this article makes us all the more pleased we decided to visit from the UK. Now wondering if the weather will be kind in October?

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