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Cathedral Cove

Auckland and the Coromandel

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest and most multicultural city and is known as the City of Sails for its fantastic sailing opportunities.

Rainforest covers the surrounding hills; dozens of dormant volcanic cones dot the landscape as well as renowned wineries and beautiful beaches.

Add to this the vast Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand’s largest marine reserve, scattered with islands and a centre for water activities, from kayaking to island hopping.

Kayaking, Cathedral Cove, Coromandel, New Zealand
Coromandel, New Zealand

Explore the Coromandel Peninsula

Just a few hours’ drive away, on the eastern coast of North Island lies the Coromandel Peninsula, an area renowned for its natural, unspoilt beauty. Native rainforests and pristine golden beaches fringed by a rugged coastline offer excellent opportunities for a host of activities including walking, fishing, diving, sailing, surfing and kayaking. Hot Water Beach lives up to its name when, during certain tide times, you can create your own hot pool by digging into the sands. The hot spring water bubbling up through the sand is the legacy of an exciting volcanic past.

For a spot of history, Coromandel Town also boasts an interesting past of gold mining and logging.


What do you really love doing? We curate your itinerary especially for you.

Marine Wildlife Watching

Search for brydes whale, dolphin and orca in the Hauraki Gulf, off the coast of Auckland.

Coromandel Walking

Walk the Coromandel coast, stopping for a picnic on one of the many hidden bays.

Rangitoto Volcano Hike

Climb Rangitoto, New Zealand’s youngest volcano, located in the Hauraki Gulf, off the coast of Auckland.

Waiheke Island

Stay on Waiheke Island and sample award-winning artisan wines.

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Below is some of the wonderful accommodation to include on your journey.

Hotel DeBrett £££££

  • New Zealand
  • City
  • Boutique

Hotel DeBrett is a quirky city-centre hotel with funky interiors, combining Art Deco and contemporary styles. The 25 rooms are furnished with colourful, modern pieces and the lively restaurant and bar are flooded with light via the glass atrium roof and stained-glass panels.

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The Boatshed Hotel, Waiheke Island £££££

  • New Zealand

Situated a short walk from the beach on Waiheke Island, The Boatshed offers quirky and unpretentious accommodation with a welcoming atmosphere and discreet but exemplary service. Each of the seven rooms is unique, enjoy harbour views and follow a fresh, nautical theme; from the spacious bungalow suites to the modern zinc-clad water tower with its own roof garden. Food and wine are a key part of The Boatshed experience, much of which is homegrown, and guests are free to choose where they wish to dine each day.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Amy Waters

After my degree in Fine Art I didn’t really know what career I wanted or what path I would take. The only thing I knew is that having spent a summer in America it had given me the desire to explore and see as many places as possible before becoming a grown up and entering the real world.

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Deborah Brock-Doyle

My first journey for Steppes was in 1999 when I set off to explore Thailand to gather those little details that constitute Steppes Travel’s trademark knowledge. I have since been lucky enough to travel extensively in Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East and India. A few special memories include being joined at dinner by an otter in Laos, proudly being shown an illicit picture of the Dalai Lama in Tibet and diving with manta rays on Christmas day in Indonesia. I’m pretty sure I always leave a country wishing I had done more, seen more, learned more ….. but I also always hope to return …

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Amy's experience of New Zealand was invaluable. Everything went like clockwork and the travel documentation and book you sent us were brilliant.

New Zealand

Excellent organisation and itinerary, very professionally put together in an attractive package. Plus a great travel app. Amy was efficient, helpful and clearly knowledgeable.

New Zealand

Why Choose Steppes?

These may be uncertain times but they are, without a doubt, still full of opportunity to discover the extraordinary safely. Through knowledge and expertise, we can connect you to those destinations embracing travellers with the added confidence of flexible booking and decades of insight.

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