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Enjoy the Coromandel's beaches and rain forests
The Coromandel Peninsula is approximately 90 minutes drive south of Auckland. You can even take a bus or a passenger ferry from Auckland to get you here in a more relaxed fashion. It is also 90 minutes from Hamilton - so why not fly in and go and explore?
It is a mecca to those who want to explore some of New Zealand's rainforests and enjoy the relaxed way of life it has to offer. Wander around and visit some of the many artisans and craftspeople who now live here.
You can dig your very own hot spa pool in the sands of Hot Water Beach (between Whitianga and Tairua) where natural geothermal systems allow for hot water to bubble through. Take your own spade or rent one there and enjoy - if you're feeling lazy you may only want to go 'foot bath' deep but if you're feeling energetic dig a hole big enough for the family.
The coastline around the Coromandel is beautifully lined with Pohutukawa one of New Zealand's native trees - sometimes known as our Christmas tree as its beautiful red flowers emerge around Christmas time. If you come along at this time you can enjoy the Pohutukawa festival.
Wherever you go you'll enjoy the lovely cafes and eateries. Make the most of the glorious weather and go on bush walks or charter a boat and come back with some seafood for an evening BBQ. Or explore the small islands that lie offshore, such as the Motukawao Islands to the northwest, the Alderman Islands and Slipper Island to the southeast, and the Mercury Islands to the northeast.
Whangamata is a very popular holiday area, and Whitianga on Mercury Bay is known for its yachting and scuba diving.
The Coromandel was also an old gold mining area so why not visit an historic mine while you're here.
The regions beautiful beaches invite you to relax as does its wonderful climate. Take a sea kayak out and explore this intriguing coastline.
Make sure you visit the beautiful giant Kauri while you're here - you'll be awe struck by their size and beauty. These magnificent trees were used for boat building, carving and building - their strength and straightness adding to their over collection. Their amber like gum was also prized.
Keep your eyes out when enjoying some of the Coromandel beaches as the New Zealand dotterel also uses these lovely beaches to nest on - you might be lucky enough to see one.
So click on one of the accommodation options above and enjoy your stay in the Coromandel.