Thames is the Coromandel Peninsula’s main town. Idyllically situated between the Firth of Thames..Whangamata Information
The attractive combination of sand, surf and native forest makes Whangamata a popular destination..Whitianga Information
If you’re exploring the Coromandel Peninsula, you’ll soon come to Whitianga – the main town..Tairua sights Information
The volcanic headland Paku and offshore views of the jagged Aldermen Islands make the Tairua area..Hahei and Cathedral Cove Information
Hahei is an attractive beach fringed with pohutukawa trees and drifts of pink shells at the..Waihi Information
Waihi is the home of the richest gold mine in New Zealand. The Martha Mine was opened in 1878 and..Historic Coromandel township Information
Coromandel township is full of history from the early gold mining and logging days. Set on a..Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway Info
The Karangahake Gorge Historical Walkway is situated off State Highway 2 between Paeroa and Waihi...Tairua/Pauanui Information
Tairua has an attractive harbour and white sand beaches. Paku, an extinct volcanic cone, is the..Tuhua Marine Reserve Information
Tuhua (Mayor Island) Marine Reserve, off the coast of Tauranga, covers about three square nautical..See all locations in Coromandel
From the seaside town of Whitianga you can catch a ferry across the harbour mouth to the Stone Steps Wharf - the start of Cook's Coast. Alternatively, you can drive about 35 kilometres around the harbour.
The Stone Steps wharf was built in 1837 by unskilled labour using large stone blocks. From here you can walk or catch a shuttle to Front Beach, Flaxmill Bay, Shakespeare Cliff, Lonely Bay and Cooks Beach.
Front Beach and Flaxmill Bay are sheltered, north-facing beaches that are ideal for swimming and rock pool explorations. Flaxmill or Homestead Bay is at the base of Shakespeare Cliff. In 1769, the famous explorer Captain Cook beached his ship the Endeavour here to carry out maintenance on the hull.
A short walk out onto the top of Shakespeare Cliff reveals sweeping views across the wide Mercury Bay. South of Shakespeare Cliff are Lonely Bay and Cooks Beach. Isolated from other beaches by steep cliffs, the beautiful Lonely Bay can only be reached via a short, steep walking track from the Cook Memorial.
Cooks Beach offers a three-kilometre, gently curving white sand beach - ideal for swimming, walking and sunbathing. This is a popular holiday destination for locals and a pleasant seaside settlement of holiday homes has established itself here over the years.
Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking..Wellington Region Information
Explore the great outdoors, shop till you drop, sample the culinary delights, and wander..Rotorua Information
The Rotorua region was the birthplace of New Zealand tourism in the 1800s and it remains one of New..Wellington Information
Wellington’s many charms lie in part with it's close proximity to the natural attractions of the..Bay of Plenty Information
Gardens and art are the stars of spring in the Bay of Plenty. The mild climate makes it the perfect..Bay of Islands Information
The Bay of Islands is a micro-region that includes the towns of Opua, Paihia, Russell and Kerikeri..Northlands Information
Spring in subtropical Northland brings the senses alive. Imagine ocean waves lapping on white sand..Hawkes Bay Information
A Mediterranean climate with long, fine dry summers and mild winters not only makes this a great..Lake Taupo Information
Situated in the volcanic heart of the North Island, the Lake Taupo region is home to New Zealand's..Napier Information
The port city of Napier is a popular tourist destination with its sweeping views of Hawke’s Bay..See all locations in North Island