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tours in coromandel

Coromandel - Tour Highlights

The Coromandel Peninsula is home to some of the finest beach scenery and native forests you will see in New Zealand. For those joining a tour passing through Coromandel here’s a taste of what you will experience.

Ahhh blissful Coromandel, where beautiful golden sands, incredible rock formations, tantalizing water and geothermal features await. Looking east across the Hauraki Gulf from Auckland, the north of the Coromandel Peninsula can be seen on the horizon. It’s not a far drive from Auckland however the drive into Coromandel beautifully separates city life and holiday-mode.

Expect to drive over the Coromandel ranges that are home to an abundance of subtropical New Zealand flora including our protected Kauri Trees. As we drop into the Coromandel Peninsula, we’re suddenly surrounded by beaches, intimate coves, kayaking opportunities, scenic bike rides and walks that will bring intrinsic rewards more than just your typical everyday walk.

The Coromandel exhibits geothermal features that create enough volcanic activity to literally dig a hole in the sand and make your own jacuzzi at low tide! Tide times vary; midnight is absolutely incredible for sitting under the stars, pondering life, conversations with your fellow Flying Kiwi travellers or simply enjoying the therapeutic feel of a natural hot spring that you have dug out yourself - and even better, it’s free!

Time spent here while on a Flying Kiwi tour:

We spend 1 night at Hot Water Beach in the Coromandel.

Tours that take you here:

Ultimate Explorer - 27 or 28 days    Hot Rocks - 9 or 10 days
Total Aotearoa - 24 days Northern Light - 5 days
Grand Traverse - 15 days Northern Wanderer - 8 days 

Where we stay: 

Hot Water Beach Top10 Holiday Park - there is nothing closer to the amazing Hot Water Beach with a variety of accommodation choices.

- Internet access kiosk & Wifi $2 for 250MB or $5 for 1GB
- Laundry $4 per dry & $4 per wash
- Park shop & dairy
- Cabin upgrades

Things not to miss:

The Coromandel peninsula exhibits geothermal features that create enough volcanic activity to literally dig a hole in the sand and make your own hot pool! Low tide is the best time to experience this natural phenomenon, so if low tide happens to fall at night, it is an incredible experience sitting under the stars, pondering life, or sharing stories with your fellow Flying Kiwi travellers or simply relaxing in the therapeutic feel of a natural hot spring that you have dug out yourself.

Things to do:

Dig your own hot pool at Hot Water Beach
Visit Cathedral Cove. A marine reserve with a stunning coastline. 2 hour return walk from Grange road in Hahei.
Experience Karangahake Gorge. Coromandel peninsula is culturally significant in New Zealand’s gold mining history, more recently since the decline in gold mining, pathways and suspension bridges allow you to walk through the old mining areas where you will see many waterfalls and tunnels from days gone by.


self dug thermal spas at hot water beach

Free Things to Do:

- Visit Cathedral Cove

- Dig your own hot pool

- Try to spot some birds in the Miranda Wildlife Reserve. Depending on the season, sometimes this shorebird centre is full of thousands of migratory birds.

Insiders Tip:

Sunrise on the East coast is something not to miss. The early alarm is definitely worth it to see the vivid orange colours of the rising sun.


Cathedral Cove Coromandel

Hiking Options:

Cathedral Cove - A superb introduction to the Coromandel.  An astonishing coastline and arguably one of the most picturesque spots on the Peninsula.  Approximately 2 hour return walk from the beach entrance. The walk undulates around the peninsula before dropping down into the iconic cove where photos and a swim are a must.

Cycle Options:

Hahei Ride – A 25km road ride featuring rural scenery and hill climbs before being awakened by the incredible backdrop that the Coromandel boasts. The views of sand, glistening water and subtropical forestry will not be forgotten. Starting at Hahei beach you’ll follow the road from a short 10km ride into our camp next to Hot Water Beach. The ride is short but does have a few challenging hills to get you ready for more New Zealand rides and will complement the scenery you’ve already seen during the afternoon.


Our pick of Coromadel Activities:


Coromandel SwimmingCathedralCove2

The Cathedral Cove Classic Kayak Tour

3hrs. Paddle through sea caves, interact with marine life & discover the thrill of kayak sailing with the wind on your back. To top it off you will stop at Cathedral Cove for Cappuccinos & hot chocolates on the beach! Includes FREE transport.