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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Sunset Motel Visit website

Only beachfront motel in Thames. We are located in Thames township, going north on State Highway 25. Situated on the beachfront with fantastic sunset views, . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

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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The Church Visit website

Cosy cottages and rooms set in beautiful gardens just minutes form Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach. Restaurant onsite. Within walking distance to Hahei Beach . . . More . . . 

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Activities

Get outside: 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 . . . 

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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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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Hot Water Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Hot Water Beach TOP 10 is a family owned and operated Holiday Park, located just 700 metres from one of the top surf beaches on . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Coromandel: a sting in the tail

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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Oceans Resort Whitianga Visit website

Offering self-contained apartments at 1 and 2-bedroom prices, Oceans Resort is the premier destination. Each apartment has a modern, fully equipped kitchen with a microwave, . . . More . . . 

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Mercer Backpackers Visit website

Historic Mercer Hotel Backpackers is at Mercer Airport on Koheroa Rd between SH 1 at Mercer and SH 2 at Mangatawhiri. . . . More . . . 

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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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Waihi Motel Visit website

A friendly welcome awaits your arrival to 8 spacious 1-bedroom self-contained units with full kitchen facilities and 4 new studio units, two with wheelchair access. . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

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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Rolleston Motel Visit website

13 ground-floor units refurbished 2011/2012. Studio, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom, serviced daily, fully equiped kitchens. Located in a quiet cul de sac away from main road. . . . More . . . 

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Crowsnest Visit website

Welcome to Crow's Nest Apartments, Luxury Accommodation in Whitianga. Quietly situated 50 metres from Whitianga’s beautiful Buffalo Beach, with restaurants less than a minutes walk . . . More . . . 

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