Auckland: Coromandel Peninsula Full Day Tour
- 12 Hours
- 12 Hours
- On request
Experience Coromandel Peninsula, a favourite holiday destination for many New Zealanders. Its amazing landscape consists of a mountainous, forest-covered backbone, with the Pacific Ocean on the east, and the sheltered bays and coves of the Hauraki Gulf on the west. You will spend the day in this unique area, steeped in history, associated with Kauri logging and gold mining and stunning coastlines.
A 90-minute drive southeast of Auckland is Coromandel's main town, Thames, where you will take a short break. Then, the spectacular Western Coast Road, leads you to Coromandel Township, where the renowned New Zealand potter, Barry Brickell, has his studio. You will ride his own personally designed and built mountain railway system on a memorable journey through the rugged landscape.
Your next stop is for a quiet stroll in the pristine rainforest to view some of the magnificent Kauri trees, which once covered the Coromandel Peninsula. The journey continues across the mountain divide and descends towards the east coast beaches, where you will stop for lunch. You will visit Hot Water Beach where hot water bubbles up in the sand and dig your own hot tub right next to the lapping waves.
A short drive away from here is Cathedral Cove, where the Pacific Ocean washes through a natural arch onto a white sandy beach, backed by white cliffs. There is a half-hour downhill walk to the beach from here, which means, of course, that the walk back is uphill! Your journey home to Auckland heads back over the hills by a different route.
Duration: 12 Hours
Departs: 7 a.m. - Returns: 7 p.m.