Coromandel Journals

Coromandel Discovery

An October 2002 trip to Coromandel by Janeight

Whitianga beach Photo, Coromandel, New Zealand More Photos
Quote: The terrain is vast and veried, as are the activities available, with beautiful beaches to relax on, wild waves to encounter, and rugged bushclad ranges for action and adventure. And, as it is on the Pacific Coast Highway, the scenery as you drive around is absolutely stunning.

Coromandel Discovery

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Overview

Whitianga beach Photo, Coromandel, New Zealand
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The Peninsula is a great place if you're interested in arts and crafts, action and sports, lazy days, or tramping, so it appeals to a wide range of people. Mercury Bay is an area with miles of peaceful, beautiful beaches, where you can have a go at deep sea fishing and diving near and around the Mercury Islands, or just simply lay back and watch the world float by.Whitianga has a cool and lively arts and crafts vibe, and you can have a lesson in bone carving, if that takes your fancy, and there are also plenty of cafes offering local cuisine.Thames is the peninsula's largest town, with a colorful gold mining history.Hahei is a good base, with a really good campsite right on the beach,...Read More

Natural thermal springs at Hotwater beach

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Attraction

Hotwater beach Photo, Coromandel, New Zealand
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A great area for beach activities. There's only one shop there, but you can get basics - drinks, snacks, etc, so make sure you take most things you need. The beach is huge, plenty of space if you fancy volleyball, frisbee, sandcastle building...and, of course, digging your own hotpool bath. You need to do this two hours either side of high tide, otherwise you just get no water or cold water (which would you prefer?!). Don't worry about taking spades - for a $5 deposit, you can borrow one from the local shop in the beach car park, and be prepared for some hard digging.The spot to dig is in front of the cliff face - look for loads of people lying in holes in the sand, that'll give you a good i...Read More

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Cathedral Cove

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Attraction

Cathedral Cove coastal walk Photo, Coromandel, New Zealand
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We started the coastal walk from Hahei, where we were camping. As with any walking, you need to take supplies - there are absolutely no shops on this walk. The path is steep at times, but varying, so there's plenty of opportunities to catch your breath. The paths are well signposted, and there are a couple of paths leading off the main one, which are well worth taking if you have the time and energy - you can go to Stingray Bay, named that because of the high number of sightings of stingrays, and also a couple of Groves which are nice if you want some shade to cool off in.Once you get to Cathedral Cove, it's very sheltered, and great to spend a few hours relaxing there - but only if you want to car...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 26, 2002