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Frequently Asked Questions

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Need to know more about The Coromandel?

Check out the answers to some of the frequently asked questions about The Coromandel to help you plan your holiday visit.


What is the best time to visit Hot Water Beach?

The hot springs are only accessible around low tide. For the best chance to dig your personal pool, visit two hours either side of low tide. Check the low tide details before setting out.

How far is The Coromandel from Auckland?

Only 90 minutes’ drive to Thames or Paeroa

Are there any suggested itineraries for a trip to The Coromandel?

Please view our suggested itineraries for places to explore on your holiday.

How do I get to The Coromandel?

Please view our maps page for location information on the towns throughout the region and to get driving directions.

What are the best beaches in The Coromandel?

Some of the most popular beaches include Hot Water Beach, New Chum, Whangamata and Cathedral Cove.

Does the ferry from Auckland to Coromandel Town allow cars?

No, this is a passenger ferry only.

Does the ferry from Whitianga to Ferry Landing and also Tairua to Pauanui allow cars?

No, they are both only for passengers, but you may take bicycles and scooters.

What is the difference between The Coromandel and Coromandel Town?

The Coromandel is the name of the region which is made up of 9 main towns  within the Thames Coromandel District and Hauraki District. The towns are Thames, Paeroa, Waihi, Whangamata, Pauanui, Tairua, Whitianga and Coromandel Town. Coromandel Town is on the north-western coastline of The Coromandel.

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