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30 Things To Do In The Coromandel This Summer

By Olivia Atkinson - 22 Nov 2017

30 Things To Do In The Coromandel This Summer


Ain’t no summer like a Coromandel summer. It’s the truth. This special New Zealand peninsula is a playground of land, water, drinking, eating and general happiness activities and it’s at its absolute prime during the warmer months. 

Although the Coro is a regular stomping ground for Aucklanders, we bet you haven’t explored everything the region has to offer. Mind-blowing beaches aside, the Coromandel offers a huge range of activities, many of which are best once summer rolls around. 

Sound like a bit of you? Great. Here are 30 epic things to do in the Coromandel this summer. It’s basically your summer bucket list! 

  1. Soak in your own hand-dug hot pool at Hot Water Beach
  2. Have a classic kiwi Tip Top ice cream at one of the many beach dairies. 
  3. Hunt for one-of-a-kind treasures at Paeroa's vintage shops. 
  4. Watch the sky twinkle with Whitianga’s Stargazers. They’re kitted out with an observatory and offer fascinating astronomy tours. 
  5. Lap up the rays at one of the world’s prettiest beaches—New Chums
  6. Cathedral Cove. You haven’t done a Coromandel summer properly until you experience this special spot. 
  7. Go for a kayak while you’re there. It’s one of the best places to kayak in New Zealand. 
  8. Fish and chips. All day, err’day. We hear Coromandel Takeaways is a winner. 
  9. Take a roadie over the historic 309 Road, a 22-kilometre gravel road between Coromandel Town and Whitianga. 
  10. Tuck into woodfired pizzas and ice-cold beer at Luke’s Kitchen in Kuaotunu. 
  11. At the southern end of the Coromandel Peninsula you’ll find Karangahake Gorge. Check out the gold mining remnants and famous swing bridge. 
  12. Climb the 7 million year-old volcano of Mt Paku for epic views over Tairua and the harbour. 
  13. Go for a scenic stroll to the Wentworth Falls for a refreshing dip. 
  14. Get a slice of quintessential Coromandel summer in Hahei
  15. Learn to catch aaaalll the shakas in Whangamata. It’s a great place for kooks to catch some summer waves. 
  16. Hop on the Driving Creek Railway where you’ll see quirky pottery murals and awesome views of the gulf and mountains. 
  17. Feast on the best of the best kaimoana at the Coromandel Mussel Kitchen. Om nom nom!
  18. Take a selfie in front of the Giant L&P bottle. Just ‘cos.
  19. Pick up all the goodies at Coroglen Farmers Markets. You’ll find excellent produce, homemade treats and crafts. 
  20. Conquer the Pinnacles. Not going to lie, you’ll feel the booty burn but the view will be worth the pain. They’ve also got a great hut to rest your weary head (make sure you book well in advance). 
  21. Treat yo’self to a spa day at The Lost Spring. Their massage treatments will get rid of any work stress and we’re sure the hot pools and cocktails will help, too. 
  22. Indulge in a couple of tipples and a platter at Coromandel Brewing Company’s Pour House in Hahei. 
  23. Get the comforts of an Auckland brunch at Waihi Beach Hotel. Their brunch game is legit strong. 
  24. Sample tasty vino in the sunshine at Ohinemuri Estate Winery
  25. Visit Whenuakura aka. Donut Island, a secret spot near Whangamata. Just don’t say that we told you. 
  26. On ya bike and cycle the Hauraki Rail Trail. It’s completely flat and also known as one of the easiest cycle trails in New Zealand so even cycle novices will be a-OK. 
  27. Dust of that tent and put it to good use. There are loads of beaut camping spots but Opoutere Beach is always a goodie. 
  28. Still not keen on the camping scene? Lonely Bay Lodge has got you covered. 
  29. Get up close and personal with wildlife at Mill Creek Bird Park and Animal Encounters, home to more than 400 birds. The kids will love it and you will, too!  
  30. Put on those walking shoes and tackle the spectacular Coromandel Coast Walkway. This 10-kilometre is in the remote part of the Coromandel offering epic views, native bush and beautiful bays. Don’t forget to block up! 

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Image Credit:  The Coromandel

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