Biking provides an unrivalled travel experience. Mostly off-road, the Hauraki Rail Trail in the North Island traverses a remarkable range of landscapes. From pristine coastlines and green pastures, to misty rainforests, you’ll discover places four-wheeled travellers never knew existed.
Don your favourite pair of sneakers and escape to real New Zealand as you walk the last frontier. Straddling the northern tip of the peninsula, the Coromandel Coastal Walkway is a true-blue Kiwi destination.
Quite why it took me so long to visit one of the most crazily beautiful locations New Zealand has to offer I’ll never know.
On a recent weekend, Carly Flynn, husband and their three kids escaped their busy Auckland schedules and spent a few days enjoying some simple family time in The Coromandel.
The Coromandel was the first place gold was discovered in New Zealand, initiating feverish migration to the area, with prospectors seeking to find their fortune in the deep veins of the Coromandel Ranges.
About 400 hectares of mature kauri trees remain in the 2000s. Many of these survived because they were located in areas too difficult for loggers to access. The main stands are in the Moehau ecological area, the Manaia Forest Sanctuary and the upper reaches of the Tairua River.
The Coromandel offers a unique opportunity to experience the area for the first time, as the great navigator, Captain James Cook did, in November 1769.
Kupe was the first Polynesian explorer to sight The Coromandel. In around 950 AD, before the canoe migrations, Kupe travelled from Raiatea, Hawaiki in the mighty double canoe, Matahourua.