Coromandel: a sting in the tail

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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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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 . . . 

Brookby Motel Visit website

Tucked away in a quiet bush setting beside a rippling brook. 5 minute stroll to central Thames shops, restaurants, cafes etc. Closest motel to Thames hospital. . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

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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Beachaven TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Beachaven is a safe, friendly holiday park set on 4 acres of land offering a wide range of accommodation. We've got plenty of space for . . . 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 . . . 

Te Kouma Harbour Cottages Visit website

A cottage by the sea. A place to relax. NO NOISE. NO STRESS. NO WORRIES. Spectacular views of Te Kouma Harbour. . . . 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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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

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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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 . . . 

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From $130
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Blue Marlin Apartments Visit website

Blue Marlin Apartments are situated at No 4 and No 13 Buffalo Beach Road. We have various types of accommodation from Studio units to large . . . More . . . 

From $130
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Activities

Five great days out with kids in Coromandel

Goldmining history and small gauge railways, DIY spas, skateparks, cycle trails, petting zoos and friendly free-roaming pigs – there are so many options for family fun on the Coromandel.  Read the story . . . 

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From $40
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Harbourside Holiday Park Visit website

PARKLIKE GROUNDS AND CLOSE TO THE WATER....Welcome to our family-friendly campground with its beautiful mature specimen trees right opposite the harbour on Whitianga's main street . . . More . . . 

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Things to do

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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