New Zealand is well known for its spectacular day walks and The Coromandel is home to some of the best panoramic coastal views New Zealand’s north island has to offer. The Coromandel Coastal Walkway is one of my favourite short walks, with its spectacular views and a relatively easy hike to get to them!
We woke bright and early to a perfect sunny autumn day and stunning views to the Coromandel Range. Ready for our , we filled ourselves up on complimentary croissants and coffee before being picked up by our guide, James, from .
Parts of The Coromandel invoke an atmosphere of timelessness. The 309 Road is one such place.
If the idea of all that activity over a weekend is exhausting, don’t worry, because Spring is also the perfect time to visit The Coromandel for a quiet getaway filled nothing but relaxation. Sunlover Retreat offers the ultimate Spring getaway stay and is an idyllic destination in which to enjoy Tairua’s mild Spring weather, long lazy days and unsurpassable sunsets.
New Zealand is particularly popular for their seafood and The Coromandel definitely has loads of that, but there’s more.
Undertaking the Coastal Walkway as a family excursion is a New Zealand Must-Do. Because of its rugged isolation, remote beauty and lack of distraction, the experience as a family is guaranteed to bond your group, making memories to last a lifetime.
The Kauaeranga Kauri Trail, or Pinnacles Walk inspires great expectations and a lofty sense of anticipation, not least because of its name. It is one of New Zealand’s great walks and can be achieved in a single day.
Planning a multi-day cycling holiday on the Hauraki Rail Trail is almost as much fun as the trip itself. The versatility of the Hauraki Rail Trail allows for access points from Kaiaua, Thames, Paeroa, Waihi and Te Aroha; all of which are within two hours drive from Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga.
I left the Kauaeranga Valley feeling like I’d done something tremendous - feeling bigger and bolder than before I arrived, but more humble too. I was a beginner there. A novice in nature’s playground with fumbling feet and awkward arms. Yet I couldn’t have loved it more.
Brent Purcell is a photographer specialising in long exposure landscape images. Luckily for us, he is a regular visitor to The Coromandel and on this trip he brought his mountain bike to explore the Thames to Paeroa section of the Hauraki Rail Trail. You can check out more of his work on Instagram and his website.