Dig a pool to bathe in at Hot Water Beach, kayak enticing waters, hike to the natural rock archway at Cathedral Cove, stroll the antique stores of Paeroa, laze on the golden sands of Hahei Beach and finish it all off with a seafood platter, a local craft beer or a distinguished New Zealand wine.
A short drive from Auckland takes you to the Coromandel peninsula, a classic kiwi beach holiday destination made up of petite coastal towns, velvety white-sand beaches and native rainforests teeming with bird life. Its rustic, unspoiled and stress-free scene encapsulates the New Zealand culture, with local artwork hanging in every café, unassuming restaurants, knick-knack stores and locals wandering barefoot. It’s an instantly loveable and laid-back getaway.
You are far from short of things to do here from fishing trips, diving, kayaking, hiking national parks, cycling and even skydiving. In summer people from across the country along with international visitors flock to its shores, with the main concentration heading to Hot Water beach to dig up the sand and soak in the piping hot water. Away from here, you can easily escape the crowds and find your own spot on the numerous stunning beaches along the peninsula.
When to go
The best time to visit this region is in summer to relax on its beaches and lap up New Zealand sunshine.