Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand

The North Island Coromandel Peninsula is a bush clad part of New Zealand that has glorious beaches and scenic coastlines, thermal springs, mountains and forests, and historic interests that includes substantial gold mining heritage. Two of the most well-known and popular tourist destinations are the much loved Hot Water Beach where you can dig your own hot pool in the sand at low tide, and Cathedral Cove that became even more visited due to it’s use as a movie set in The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe series.

Thames is an historic former gold mining town often considered as the gateway to the Coromandel, along with the town of Waihi which has open pit gold mining and is also at the lower end of the Peninsula. Both are good places to start if you have an interest in the history behind regions you are visiting in New Zealand.

Coromandel Peninsula East coast view

The Coromandel Range forms the backbone of the Peninsula, with the West and East coasts being somewhat different in terrain and their attraction to visitors. The West coast is more steep cliffs dropping off to the sea with good access to the mountains and hills, forests and ancient Kauri trees, and the towns of Thames and Coromandel Town. Although there are beaches on the West coast they are not so good for swimming or water sports. The East coast has a spectacular coastline of long sandy beaches suitable for swimming with towns such as Whitianga and Whangamata offering plenty of water sports. All up the coast there are places you can drive or walk up to absorb the incredible views.

Coromandel Peninsula Marine Reserve Sign

Coromandel Attractions

Cathedral Cove
Gold Mines
Hot Water Beach
Marine Reserves
Coromandel Forest Park
Walks

Places to go on the Coromandel Peninsula

Colville
Cooks Beach
Coromandel Township
Far North
Hahei
Hot Water Beach
Karangahake Gorge
Kuaotunu
Matarangi
Mercury Bay
Opito Bay
Pauanui
Slipper Island
Tairua
Te Kouma
Thames
Waihi
Whangamata
Whangapoua
Whenuakite
Whitianga

Coromandel Accommodation

As the Coromandel Peninsula is one of the most popular holiday spots for New Zealanders and tourists, be aware that during peak season between the end of December and end of March you should definitely book your accommodation or camping to avoid disappointment. This destination is easily accessible from Auckland which makes it a choice of Aucklanders. Competition for accommodation in mid-summer can mean some campsites also get fully booked quite early.