Why you should visit Auckland and the Coromandel
- Climb Rangitoto, New Zealand's youngest volcano
- Search for brydes whale, dolphin and orca in the Hauraki Gulf
- Stay on Waiheke Island amidst world class vineyards
- Walk the Coromandel coast stopping for a picnic on one of the many hidden bays
A little more about 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.
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.