Coromandel – Top Places in New Zealand

Coromandel is a peninsula that lies in the North Island of New Zealand. Renowned worldwide for its natural beauty and unique landscape, it is one of New Zealand’s most popular holiday destinations.

Cathedral Cove - Hahei - Coromandel

Cathedral Cove – Hahei – Coromandel | Photo by: msdstefan

Along 400 kilometres of coastline, unspoilt beaches offer an ideal place to slow down, relax and unwind or to experience more energetic marine-based sports and activities.

New Chums Beach - Whangapoua - Coromandel

New Chums Beach – Whangapoua – Coromandel | Photo by: Piotr Zurek

Its main centres are Thames, Whitianga, Whangamata, Paeroa, Waihi, Pauauni and Tairua. One of the most beautiful parts of Coromandel is its east coastline, between the towns of Whitianga and Tairua. This volcanic region is spectacular dotted with islands, clear blue waters and beautiful white sandy beaches like Hahei, which gives access to the iconic Cathedral Cove and the Marine Reserve.

Orua Cave - Coastline Between Whitianga and Hahei - Coromandel

Orua Sea Cave – Coastline Between Whitianga and Hahei – Coromandel | Photo by: colinvnz

The beach town of Whitianga makes an excellent base for explorations of Mercury Bay and the adjacent coast. Reefs, caves, archways and soft sediments provide the ideal habitat for a variety of plants, fish, molluscs and crustaceans, making this a popular destination for diving and kayaking.

Stingray Bay - Hahei - Coromandel

Stingray Bay – Hahei – Coromandel | Photo by: Piotr Zurek

Geothermal activity is still present on the Peninsula and can be found in several hot springs, notably at Hot Water Beach, on the peninsula’s east coast, near Hahei.

Hot Water Beach - Coromandel

Hot Water Beach – Coromandel | Photo by: pilberys_in_nz