"The Coromandel Penninsula" Top 5 Page for this destination Coromandel by allikat
Coromandel Travel Guide: 178 reviews and 580 photos
From where I live, I can look across the water that is the Firth of Thames, where Captain Cook once sailed, and see the outline of the Coromandel Penninsula. It has become one of my favourite parts of New Zealand and it has so much to offer. Luckily I am able to visit on a regular basis!
Coromandel Township is where the first gold in New Zealand was discovered back in 1852. Now it is a pretty coastal township that bustles with shops, pubs, cafes, art galleries and museums. It has a real 'colonial' feel, with many of the old buildings still very much in use. It gives its name to this whole region, so mainly, when you hear reference to 'The Coromandel' it is generally the entire penninsula that is being referred to.
There is so much to see and do here...the area has beautiful soft, sandy beaches on the Pacific Ocean side (the East coast), which will appeal to beach lovers, surfers, divers and fishers, and craggier beaches on the Thames side, where you can hunt for gemstones. The interior of the penninsula, from soft rolling hills to some impressive peaks, is densely covered with lush, green native bush, and there are many trails to be followed. There are even some hot springs, and at Hot Water Beach you can scrape yourself a hole in the sand at low tide and enjoy as the thermal waters naturally bubble up!!
I will be adding to these pages as I get to cover more and more of the area, so it may be worth checking back from time to time.
This photo was taken from a friends boat, 'Ventilate' while we were anchored off the Mercury Islands, a group of islands off the North East Coromandel coast, in January 2004. We were en~route returning the boat to its marina near Auckland after celebrating the New Year at Pauanui, a popular holiday resort on Coromandels East coast. The trip took a couple of leisurely days in perfect weather with blue skies and little or no breeze, and we were accompanied by dolphins a lot of the time. It was a great opportunity to get to view the penninsula from a different perspective.
The evening before this photo was taken, I couldn't decide which was more sparkling ~ the sky, full of stars and the Milky Way, or the water, glittering with phosporous in the darkness. All in all, a great way to see in the New Year!
Christmas 2003 was my first Southern Hemisphere Christmas, so it was very different to what I am used to, being from chilly England! No cold weather, or family Christmas dinner with turkey and crackers and silly hats.
This is a picture of Hahei beach, taken on Boxing Day. We spent Christmas in a tent, by the beach, with a barbeque and some bubbly.
And it was perfect!
- Pros:Plenty of opportunities to explore
- Cons:Can't really think of any!
- In a nutshell:I am in love with the Coromandel! And who can blame me!?
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