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Coromandel and The Bay of Plenty

Dramatic landmarks and a unique thermal beach with hot water bubbling up from deep in the earth are just some of the many surprises that await you on this coastline of contrasts.
The peninsula divides the Hauraki Gulf from the Bay of Plenty. The east coast provides sheltered golden to white-sand beaches and sheltered coves while on the wild west coast, cliffs drop to the sea seeming to cling to land only by the Pohutakawa trees. Although sparsely populated, the region is ideal for independent travellers who enjoy the great outdoors. The abundant coast line provides ideal sites for boating, fishing, surfcasting and swimming in a temperate climate. Inland, the Coromandel Range is perfect for hiking, horse trekking and hunting for introduced wild pig.

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Bay of Plenty - Fruit basket of NZ

In a great arc from the Coromandel Peninsula to the East Cape, this is an historic and scenic bay, backed by forested mountain ranges and kiwi and citrus orchards.

To the west lies the bustling port of Tauranga, whose visitor attractions include a splendid war canoe and Historic Village, a delightful city of parks, beaches, lively bars and restaurants.

Sun stop at the Cathedral Cove

A 20 minute walk, or a guided kayaking trip, will bring you to the white sands and arches of Cathedral Cove.

It is an idyllic place to swim, snorkel, and picnic or simply relax under the Pohutukawa trees.

Hot Water Beach

For two hours either side of low tide, you can create your own hot pool by digging into the sands.

The hot spring bubbling up through the sand is due to the exciting volcanic past of the Coromandel Peninsula.

This beach is as good as its name, so make sure you’re early in as it can get cramped in summer!



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