The Coromandel Peninsula

The Coromandel is a peninsula that extends north on the western side of the Bay of Plenty. It is full of rainforest and sandy beaches, islands and hiking trails. It’s beautiful and unspoiled, this is a place you could spend a lot of time in.


Cathedral Cove

This protected marine reserve is worth the short hike through the jungle to the pristine beaches with good snorkeling trails, kayaking tours and beaches surrounded by cliffs and natural rock stacks. It’s also a filming location for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and Macklemore’s ‘Can’t Hold Us’.

Coromandel Peninsula

Cathedral Cove

Kayaking around Cathedral Cove

I can’t recommend this enough, especially if kayaking is your thing. It gets you out on the water exploring the side of the cliffs that not many people get the chance to see, along with some secret beaches and hidden caves.

Kayaking around Cathedral Cove

Kayaking around Cathedral Cove

Hot Water Beach

I can’t think of anything better than being able to dig your own hot springs right next to the ocean. This place is great when it’s cold and stormy outside, you can watch the waves crash into the rocks while relaxing in your very own hot pool.

Hotwater Beach

Hotwater Beach

Karangahake Gorge

This walk follows historic railway remains, across bridges and though pitch black rail tunnels used for gold mining, eventually opening up alongside with Ohinemuri River. Bring a torch if you’re afraid of the dark.

Karangahake Gorge

Karangahake Gorge

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