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Top 20 Must Dos On The Coromandel

The Coromandel is blessed with a massive selection of natural attractions and activities. Here's a sample of the Top 20 Must Do Activities in The Coromandel. There are bound to be others that have been missed out, perhaps you'll just have to visit the region where kiwis holiday to create your own Top 20.

1. Thermal Wonderland

Soak up the underground thermal minerals at The Lost Spring or Miranda Hot Pools or opt for the natural experience at Hot Water Beach, where you can dig your own spa.

2. Cathedral Cove

Famous for the opening scene of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Cathedral Cove is one of New Zealand’s renowned natural icons. Swim the snorkel trail, enjoy a guided tour and marvel at the abundance of the aquatic life in the marine reserve.

3. Walk The Pinnacles 

A stunning 3-hour walk to the base of the craggy Pinnacles traverses groves of nikau palms, huge rata trees, and across streams and swing-bridges. 

4. Cycle the Hauraki Rail Trail

Cycle the flat Grade One trail on an old railway line from the Shorebird Coast to the Karangahake Gorge.

5. Driving Creek Railway 

Art, engineering and nature combine in an innovative train journey through kauri plantings and impressive man-made features.

6. The Waterworks

The Waterworks is a completely unique interactive experience that showcases the best of quirky Kiwi ingenuity. A must for all fun-loving folks of all ages

7. Ferry from Auckland

Enjoy the scenic ferry to Coromandel Town with 360 Discovery Cruises direct from Auckland city. A pleasant 2 hour journey across the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.

8. Take the Homegrown Food Trail 

Grown here, harvested and combined into dishes that are distinctly regional. Experience the culinary essence of The Coromandel.

9. Fishing in The Coromandel

With around 400kms of coastline and over 100 offshore islands, The Coromandel is one of New Zealand's favourite fishing locations.

10. New Chum Beach

Described as a ‘slice of Coromandel heaven’, this tranquil stretch of sand has been rated as one of the top beaches in the world. 

11. Art and Craft

The Coromandel is a rich and colourful creative hub with many studios and galleries throughout the region showcasing some of New Zealand’s best talent.

12. Whiritoa Beach

Grab your camera, lose the shoes and wander Whiritoa Beach south of Whangamata. The coastal landscape and hidden beach surrounded by Pohutukawa trees provide the perfect canvas for film.

13. Shakespeare and Cooks beach

A short walk to Shakespeare cliff offers panoramic views of the Mercury Bay and Cooks beach, an anchorage point for Captain James Cook.

14. Bird Watching on the Shorebird Coast

With numbers of shorebirds often exceeding 10,000, the Miranda coastline is a mandatory stop for any birdwatcher. 

15. Climb Mt Paku 

A relatively short walk and you will be rewarded with spectacular 360-degree views. Displays are placed at the summit identifying parts of the panorama and rich history of the area.

16. Goldmining History

Gold fever struck the region in the late 1800s and the remnants are still alive and well today. From the stamper batteries in Coromandel Town and Karangahake and the school of mines in Thames, to the open pit mine currently operating in Waihi.

17. Karangahake Gorge

Play amongst the echoes of the past. Once the site of the biggest goldmining operations in the Southern Hemisphere, today a wonderful playground. Take the amazing Windows Walk, explore the old mine shafts, find the underground power house or just wander the river trail.

18. Thames Coast Road

Begin in Thames and take your time passing seaside settlements, and baches (kiwi holiday homes) along the way. With a rocky coastline on one side and Pohutukawa trees on the other the Thames Coast highway is a must do activity when in The Coromandel.

19. Coastal Walkway 

This walkway, from Fletcher Bay to Stony Bay, offers great views of the Coromandel coastline and offshore islands (Great Barrier Island, Cuvier and Mercury Islands)

20. Paeroa – World famous in New Zealand

Revisit the days of old, admire antique stores overflowing with collectables. Discover some treasure in Paeroa, the antiques capital of New Zealand.

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