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The Coromandel: Nature’s Playground
The Coromandel, one of New Zealand’s most pristine coastlines, complete with stunningly rugged terrains and beautiful landscapes – and only a short drive from one of the country’s biggest international gateways, Auckland.
It’s a great spot to get away from it all, by yourself, with your loved one, or with your whole family. And as always, there are some must do’s to add to the checklist.
Head to the Sleeping God Canyon and experience an adventure to get the heart pumping while reconnecting with nature at its finest. Abseil, jump, zip-line and slide down a series of spectacular waterfalls in a vertical descent that is more than 300m in length in a stunning location unlike any other. Canyonz day-long tours aren’t for the faint-hearted and a reasonable level of fitness is required.
Rejuvenate and relax?
Unwind and luxuriate in beautiful thermal pools at The Lost Spring in Whitianga. The ancient mineral waters flow from a spring 600 metres under the earth’s surface, and are renowned for their therapeutic abilities.
The Coromandel has a range of great boutique wineries and breweries. The Hot Water Brewing Co in Whitianga have a range of house-brewed beer that can be sampled with a beer tasting, then kick back and test out the ever-changing menu.
An unforgettable destination?
Cathedral Cove is one of the Coromandel’s most iconic destinations. Accessible only by boat, kayak or on foot, the Cove is steeped in significant history, with some saying it’s a spiritual ground to journey to. Allow a couple of hours to visit this spectacular spot, you won’t be disappointed.
Saving the pennies?
Bring your own spade or use your hands to create your own hot pool at the world famous Hot Water Beach. Water with a temperature of about 64 degrees bubbling through the golden sands, it’s a must visit.
Experience New Zealand’s only narrow gauge mountain railway. Travel through beautiful native kauri forest and keep an eye out for stunning pottery creations that line the track.
The one hour return trip is something a little different. The train ride includes two spirals, three short funnels, five reversing points and a number of viaducts as it climbs up to Eyeful Tower. The top rewards visitors with a panoramic views over the Hauraki Gulf and all the islands that it encompasses. A craft and souvenir shop is also on site for those wanting a memento to take home from this unique experience, where art, conservation and engineering all combine to create something special.
And don’t forget….the Karangahake Gorge. One of the country’s most spectacular gorges, you can drive through it on your adventures, but maybe take a moment to investigate its history, walkways, tunnels and more. A definite on the Must Do for the area.
When it’s time to rest your head, the Coromandel has a range of great accommodation options, including the Miranda Holiday Park, offering a range of one and two-bedroom chalet rooms, studio rooms, as well as caravan and tents sites too.
Further south near Waihi Beach, the Bowentown Beach Holiday Park is located right next to 8kms of pristine beach. Another great location and worthwhile stop on your travels.
The Coromandel – nature’s playground at its finest.
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