Coromandel: take the long way round

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Divers' delight: the offshore islands of the Coromandel

Off the coast of the Coromandel Peninsula archipelagos of small, mostly uninhabited islands provide the kind of underwater landscapes that divers’ dreams are made of.  Read the story . . . 

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Loved by the locals: Coromandel

From the gold mining heritage of Thames, to the golden beaches of Whangamatā, with plenty of seafood and cycling in between – there's plenty to love in the Coromandel. Read the story . . . 

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Indulge: food and drink in Coromandel

The Coromandel is famous for its seafood, but there are lots of great options for eating out here, from casual cafés to relaxed vineyard dining.  Read the story . . . 

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Walking

Get outdoors: 14 must-do short walks

New Zealand is blessed with so many beautiful and varied landscapes. Often the best way to discover them is on foot.  Read the story . . . 

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Adventure time: tramping in New Zealand

Known in other countries as hiking, bushwalking or trekking, tramping is a uniquely Kiwi term that fits the style of walking here – often rough, frequently wet, but regularly inspiring.  Read the story . . . 

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Family fun

Thames Steampunk

In Thames, the sharpest dressers turn out in goggles and corsets, raggamuffin kids parade in top-hats and tails, dogs in waistcoats travel by lacy pram and gun-toting Mad Max types roll through the middle of the CBD in a train.   Read the story . . . 

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Coromandel: take the long way round

Even in an area that has more than its fair share of wonderful beaches, the gems that lie along this road less travelled are in a class of their own... Read the story . . . 

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Firth of Thames: the gentle way south

The alternate road heading south from Auckland, along the Firth of Thames, is a quiet, visual treat with lots to see and do. Read the story . . . 

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Karangahake Gorge: a reminder of a golden era

Explore the railway and the gold workings of Karangahake Gorge and have a picnic lunch and a swim in one of the Ōhinemuri’s lazy pools. Now that’s a solid gold experience. Read the story . . . 

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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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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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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 . . . 

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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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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 . . . 

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Coromandel Township: hippy haven

Perhaps it’s the stillness of the rainforest, the misty vistas of mountain, headland and sea that called the souls of the commune-founders hither. Read the story . . . 

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