Located on the East side of New Zealand’s North Island, the Coromandel Peninsula is blessed with natural beauty, boasting rural farmland, rainforests, and some of New Zealand’s best golden sand beaches. A hugely popular tourist destination, the Coromandel region attracts both domestic and international visitors year round.
Just over an hour from Auckland is Miranda. Situated on the Seabird Coast where the migratory shore birds found here attract many international tourists and bird watchers. As well as being handy to the Hauraki rail trail which is the easiest of the riding trails in New Zealand, offering 1 and 3-day guided tour options, Miranda is well situated for day trips to numerous Coromandel attractions making it the perfect base for exploring the region. Check out the old colonial Coromandel Town with its ‘olde worlde’ charm and enjoy fresh Coromandel seafood from one of the many cafes and restaurants. There is often live music to entertain adding to the holiday atmosphere. A must-see attraction here is the Driving Creek Railway, a 1-hour return intricate train trip through replanted native kauri forest. When you are back in Miranda soak the day away in the Miranda Hot Springs 100% natural mineral pools. The best part is they are right on the back door step of award-winning Miranda Holiday Park. The Park has an on-site massage therapist as well as their own mineral hot pool with sun shade and fun children’s playground. Accommodation options include apartments, studio motel units, 1 & 2 bedroom chalets, tourist lodge, campervan/caravan sites and tent sites. The Park features modern kitchen facilities, new outdoor covered dining area, hire BBQ’s, park shop, internet, coin-operated laundry plus plenty to keep the family busy with a Park lounge & TV room, astroturf tennis court, petanque court, outdoor table tennis, and bike and trike hire.
Another Family Park member Bowentown Beach Holiday Park is conveniently located in the beachside town of Waihi between the beautiful Bay of Plenty and stunning Coromandel Peninsula. The town of Waihi has a rich gold-mining history spanning three centuries. Waihi Beach is 9 km of sweeping white sand and is one of the safest surf beaches in New Zealand. For those who have never surfed before Waihi Beach has its own professional surf school offering lessons to all ages and abilities by certified instructors. Take the coastal walk to the beautiful pohutukawa lined Orokawa Bay, known as the best short walk on the Peninsula. Bowentown Beach Holiday Park is well-equipped for families offering facilities especially for children such as their own games and TV room separate from the adult TV room and library. Park features include: motel units, self-contained units, kitchen cabins, standard cabins, caravan and tent sites, communal kitchen & dining room, free BBQ’s and outdoor dining in landscaped gardens, TV, library & games rooms, spa pool, massage and beauty treatments, playground, bike and kayak hire, camp store, wireless internet, and coin-operated laundry.
1) Explore the Hauraki Rail Trail
2) Visit Karangahake Gorge and take a walk through old mining tunnels and relics
3) Bird watching on the Miranda foreshore
4) Soak in the therapeutic mineral water pools at Miranda Hot Springs
5) Tramping in Kauaeranga Valley
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