Get away from it all
The Coromandel is a playground for backpackers and Aucklanders looking to get away from the city on the weekend. The popular attractions of Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach continue to draw people to the region. However, it's actually away from these star attractions that you'll find the real magic of the Peninsula.
Scenic walking, hiking and cycling trails let you explore the landscapes and history of the region. The 10km Coromandel Coastal Walkway between Fletcher Bay and Stony Bay in the north of the peninsula is a must-do. Walking through Karangahake Gorge you'll encounter mining heritage sites, and the Pinnacles offers a substantial day or overnight trip with stunning sunrise views. Part of the 197km Hauraki Rail Trail, a cycling route, passes through the Coromandel before continuing into the Waikato.
The Coromandel's coastline is dotted with secluded little bays with gorgeous beaches lined with pōhutukawa trees. While many don't venture past Coromandel Town it's worth continuing and heading right up north for a more tranquil experience. Yep, there'll be plenty of windy dirt roads but it's worth it. Talk to our expert travel consultants about how to craft the perfect Coromandel itinerary.