Winter in The Coromandel
Eventually the days close in, and while winter in The Coromandel feels relatively short, it has its own charm.
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.
With a number of game fishing competitions, rally and multi-sport events, this is when the adventurers get to challenge themselves in the rugged hills and expansive waters of the peninsula. The Illume Festival of Lights brightens the longest nights, but there are still plenty of sunny days after a frosty start in the mountain valleys.
Given the latent thermal activity in the region, this is not a bad time to experience the childlike thrill of digging your own spa in the sand at Hot Water Beach or a rejuvenating swim or soak in one of the thermal mineral pools. The waters are known for their soothing, healthful properties, and a relaxing sojourn in one of the spas provides 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 flora and fauna of 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.