Discover winter our way
When you are thinking about things to do in winter and places to visit in the cooler months, The Coromandel still has many of the reasons to visit that make it a Kiwi favourite in summer. Just fewer people to share the wide beaches and green bush walks, and some special activities that come into their own in winter, with plenty of sunny days after a frosty start in the mountain valleys.
The hidden natural hot springs in the region mean winter is a great time to experience the childlike thrill of digging your own spa in the sand at Hot Water Beach. Or to take a rejuvenating swim or soak in one of the thermal mineral pools where the waters are known for their soothing, healthful properties. Maybe a relaxing visit to one of the spas, providing time out for the mind.
The galleries and studios of the region showcase the talent of local artisans, finding inspiration in the land and seascapes, and the animals and plants which share the place. Creativity thrives in The Coromandel, and the region has a reputation for high quality arts and crafts, which the creators love to share with visitors.
The bush is alive with the sound of waterfalls and streams at this time of year, and most of the towns have some short walks that get you our into our nature. There are many easy walks in the forest, some with stunning views of the coastline, others alongside rivers and over hills. Some of the day walks such as The Pinnacles and the Coromandel Coastal Walkway are best experienced in the cooler months, with clear air and long views.
With the cooler waters and winds out of the west, the east coast is often calm, ideal conditions for a boat or kayak trip to explore the sheltered waters of the marine reserve. There can be some big swells rolling into the surf beaches at this time of year, which excites the surfers, but even then, a heavy wet-suit is not required. This is the time of year when the adventurers get to challenge themselves in the rugged hills and expansive waters of the peninsula with a number of game fishing competitions, rally and multi-sport events.
And top off your stay with a mulled wine or a local brew from one of our craft breweries.