Coromandel: a sting in the tail

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


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Coromandel Cottages Visit website

Coromandel Cottages is a relaxing beautiful place to stay. This quality resort motel offers it all! Nestled in the bush-clad hills of Coromandel Town, 1700m . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

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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Mercury Bay Holiday Park Visit website

**Winners of the 2014 AA Spirit of Hospitality Award** We invite you to our quality assured property in the heart of Whitianga township. . . . 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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Beachaven TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Whether you're on holiday, visiting friends and relatives or attending events in and around Waihi Beach, Beachaven TOP 10 Holiday Resort provides the perfect spot . . . More . . . 

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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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Southpacific Motel & Conference Centre Visit website

NEW!!! We now have SKY Guest Select, You now have a choice of 50 + SKY Channels. Movies, Sport, Docos, Reality TV. . . . 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Harbour View Motel Visit website

Harbour Views Whether you're taking a short break from your busy schedule, or basing your holiday in Coromandel, allow time to stay with us at . . . More . . . 

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Discover the hidden lagoon on sacred Donut Island

Visit Whenuakura Wildlife Sanctuary or Donut Island – a sacred spot with a hidden lagoon just off the coast of Whangamatā.  Read the story . . . 

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