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Coromandel Travel Guide: 180 reviews and 590 photos

This page is about Coromandel Peninsular, not Coromandel township.
Situated Sth East of Auckland, on the East Coast of NZ, it is driving distance for those who wish to escape the city hussle and bussle.
Coromandel Peninsula is sometimes grouped in the Waikato Region of NZ. There are no formal boundaries, so different organisations seem to use different boundaries. Sometimes also, I have seen it listed as in the "Hauraki" region. VT has Coromandel listed on it's own, making it relatively easy to find.
Coromandel has an interesting and long (well long, for NZ standards) history. Early inhabitants were the ancient Moa Hunters and also some of the original maoris who arrived on the big canoe the "Arawa".
Later, in 1769, James Cook arrived and came in to view the planet Mercury transit across the sun. Hereby giving the name Mercury Bay. Cooks reports of the great Kauri trees led to the timber boom as Europeans arrived to mill these big tall strong trees for ship spars.
The Royal Naval ship "Coromandel" gave it's name to the peninsular.

I have made a separate page about Whangamata please take a look to see more of the beauty of this great region.
Please also scroll down and click on my Cathedral Cove travelogue to view this gorgeous corner of the world.

Many Beaches

There are many beaches on the Peninsular. This is Hahei Beach which is a popular hideaway for farmers from nearby Waikato region.
This beach derives it's name from the longest known maoris in the area, the Ngati Hei.

Whangamata Beach has so many activities to persue. Sailing, Surfing, Wakeboarding, Skiing, Surfskiing, Swimming, Kite Boarding, the list is endless.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The beauty is in the bush and coastline, and it's remoteness which is not too distant.
  • Cons:Not all amentities within easy reach, and the hot dry conditions at times.
  • In a nutshell:A special corner of New Zealand that should not be missed.
  • Last visit to Coromandel: Feb 2012
  • Intro Updated Feb 4, 2012
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  • alza's Profile Photo
    Feb 12, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    I never really thought of visiting New Zealand, but your Coromandel page is making me want to go. I loved everything I saw here. Cute, those kiwi areas. :)

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2007 at 4:04 AM

    Wonderful scenery and dolphins as well..... Just returned from Scotland where we watched dolphins in the wild. Fantastic.

  • IceBear7's Profile Photo
    Aug 23, 2007 at 3:44 AM

    I guess the coromandel area will be among the first places I'll visit, probably in october. 32 days to go...

  • allikat's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2007 at 3:33 PM

    Tell 'im to nick 'is own herbs!

  • Ekahau's Profile Photo
    Jul 15, 2006 at 4:15 AM

    Kiwi you do a nice page for sure great information, beautiful photos but an Oystercatcher that tops it off. Thanks

  • iris2002's Profile Photo
    Apr 20, 2006 at 1:22 PM

    Whangamata --- sigh... sounds soooo much better than Stoke-on-Trent ...phfffffffff doesn't it!!!?

  • elpariente's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2006 at 9:41 AM

    Your pages and tips are really good and they are helping me to plan my NZ trip

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Mar 23, 2006 at 6:15 PM

    What a gorgeous area. Great warnings tips. Loved the photos, especially in the travelogues.

  • tessy's Profile Photo
    Jul 22, 2005 at 3:12 PM

    Beautiful! I like so much the pics of the different trees!

  • hunwagner's Profile Photo
    May 6, 2005 at 10:48 PM

    LOL Pam, this place looks touristy to my taste! And do you think I will need these beaches after Indonesia, PNG, the Solomons, Fiji and Samoa? ;-)

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