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  Coromandel, overview from the Eyefull Tower
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      Coromandel, overview from the Eyefull Tower
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  • Indication of past history - Coromandel
      Indication of past history
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  • 19th century rustic architecture - Coromandel
      19th century rustic architecture
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      The old hospital
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  • Coromandel, the town - Coromandel

The town was named after the peninsula, which was named after HMS Coromandel, which sailed into the harbour in 1820. At one time it was a major port serving the peninsula's gold mining and kauri industries. Today, the town's main industries are tourism and mussel farming, but, as you can clearly see in picture 2, mining played a significant part in its early history.
Coromandel Harbour is a wide bay on the Hauraki Gulf guarded by several islands, of which the largest is Whanganui Island, which makes for a more sheltered anchorage, depending on the direction of the weather.
The town and environs are a popular summer holiday destination for New Zealanders. Coromandel is noted for its artists, crafts, alternative lifestylers, mussel farming, and recreational fishing. Population these days is under 2,000.

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  • Updated Sep 4, 2007
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