This day trip to the Coromandel in the heart of gold mining country is a great way to spend a day. The Coromandel has some of the most spectacular coast and beaches in the whole of the North Island...
• Cathedral Cove
• Tairua and Paku Mountain
• Hot Water Beach
The Coromandel Peninsula was named for HMS Coromandel, a ship of the British Royal Navy, which stopped at Coromandel Harbour in 1820 to purchase kauri spars and was itself named for India's Coromandel Coast. The peninsula is steep and hilly with the Coromandel mountains rising to nearly 900 metres, largely covered in subtropical rain forest and boasts some of New Zealand’s most spectacular coastal scenery
After driving from Auckland or Tauranga (this means an early start), you’ll experience your first stunning views of the Coromandel coast from the summit of Mt. Paku, a twin-coned volcanic peak that dominates Tairua Harbour. Once an island, the summit of Paku can be reached in just 15 minutes and the walk offers vantage points to the Tairua Harbour and beaches, and the islands of Castle Rock, Mercury Islands, Aldermen Islands and Slipper and Shoe Islands.
On your way to Cathedral cove with its famous sea arch the coastal, cliff top walking track also gives access to Gemstone Bay, Stingray Bay and the beautiful sandy beaches at Cathedral Cove separated by a rock arch. Swim here if conditions allow.
Two hours either side of low tide visitors flock to the usually deserted Hot Water Beach to find hot water bubbling through the golden sand. You can dig your own private spa bath by the water’s edge and relax in the natural geothermal springs.
Wear: trainers, comfortable clothes (not DENIM JEANS) sunscreen.
Bring: swimsuit, towel, lunch, drink, snacks, camera, sunscreen, warm, waterproof jacket and change of shoes.
Inclusions: Price: $115
• Pick up and drop off in Tauranga and Auckland at one or two locations pre-arranged to best suit students involved
• All activities described in itinerary unless marked optional.
• Comfortable, air-conditioned coach.
• Friendly, professional guides.
• Access to our national parks
• Pre-trip information
Trip fees exclude
• Optional extra activities like bungy jumping.
• Personal expenses (phone, wifi, lunches, etc.)
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