Plan your trip around Hauraki Coromandel along State Highways 25 & 2. Please note some local roads and DOC sites are closed. Find out more

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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, Whangamatā and Cathedral Cove.

Does the ferry from Auckland to Coromandel Town carry cars?

No, this is a passenger ferry only.  It is a seasonal service, currently on a break in 2022.

Do the ferries from Whitianga to Ferry Landing and also Tairua to Pauanui carry cars?

No, they are both only for passengers, but you may take bicycles and scooters. Te Whitianga ferry runs year-round but the Tairua-Pauanui ferry is a summer service only.

What is the difference between The Coromandel and Coromandel Town?

The Coromandel is the name of the region which is made up of 9 small towns within the Thames-Coromandel and Hauraki Districts: Thames, Paeroa, Waihi, Whangamatā, Pauanui, Tairua, Whitianga, Kūaotunu and Coromandel Town. Coromandel Town is on the north-western coastline of The Coromandel.

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