Coromandel: a sting in the tail

If you were to assume that Te Ika a Māui – the Great Fish of Māui – was a species...


The picture-perfect beach at Hahei. © David Wall Photography

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Tairua Shores Motel Visit website

MOST AFFORDABLE AND BEST QUALITY MOTEL IN TAIRUA. Private deck area on all units and plenty of parking. TAIRUA SHORES is the ideal place to . . . More . . . 

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Sandy Shores Accommodation Visit website

Welcome to Sandy Shores in Whitianga.Absolute ocean-front holiday accommodation offering self-contained apartments. A short walk to shops, restaurants, town centre or Whitianga wharf - connecting . . . More . . . 

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Indulge: food and drink in Western Bay of Plenty

Whatever your preference, there's something for every taste in Western Bay of Plenty.  Read the story . . . 

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Palm Pacific Motel & Resort Visit website

Shops and cafes at your doorstep, golden sand beach just a short walk away, tennis court, sauna and private spa, Palm Pacific Resort has everything . . . More . . . 

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Western Bay of Plenty: it's the beaches...

With no less than 12km of white sandy beach reaching from Mount Maunganui to Papamoa and a wide coastline that stretches for 125km, it sure is hard to beat. Read the story . . . 

Driving Creek Railway & Pottery Visit website

Barry Brickell, builder of the Driving Creek narrow-gauge mountain railway, is a man of rare energy and vision who has spent 32 years fulfilling his ambitions. . . . More . . . 

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Karangahake Windows Walk

This spectacular walk passes relics of the Talisman and Crown mining operations in Karangahake Gorge. Take a torch for exploring the goldmining tunnels and the underground pumphouse side trip. Read the story . . . 

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Bowentown Beach Holiday Park & Motels Visit website

ABSOLUTE BEACHFRONT. Uniquely situated between ocean and harbour with safe beaches. Quiet family camp with modern facilities. New large spa pool. BBQ. Large communal dining/lounge. . . . More . . . 

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Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway

The Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway follows the old railway line between Paeroa and Waihī with visible mining and railway remains. Take a torch to explore the tunnels! Read the story . . . 

Shelly Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Coromandel's top-rated holiday park, 5km north of Coromandel township. Beautiful location with trees and gardens to relax in and enjoy the natural setting. . . . More . . . 

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Cathedral Cove Walk

Enjoy spectacular coastal scenery from this track that leads down to Gemstone and Stingray bays as well as Cathedral Cove, probably the Coromandel’s most popular destination beach.  Read the story . . . 

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Avalon Motel Visit website

SPACIOUS ROOMS AND FRIENDLY SERVICE Avalon Motel is your perfect base from which to explore the Coromandel Peninsula. Leisurely day trips can be made to . . . More . . . 

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Whanganui A Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve

Whanganui A Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve on the Coromandel Peninsula is close to some of the most beautiful and popular coastline in this area. Read the story . . . 

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Albert Number 6 Visit website

Attractive, comfortable motel with great hospitality, situated on the main street of Whitianga and within a minute's walk of the beautiful Buffalo Beach. . . . More . . . 

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Of the sea: surfing Aotearoa

When most people imagine their idyllic beach, they think of white sand and sun-dappled water. Surfers focus on wind and swell directions and the hidden bathymetry of the seafloor. Read the story . . . 

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