Travelling the less-sandy side of the Coromandel Peninsula with no plans and a child on board. What could possibly go wrong? Read the story . . .
Just beneath the surface of the sand is a delicious, natural underground river that brings hot water to the beach almost on tap, so to speak. Read the story . . .
Walk through native nīkau and pōhutukawa to idyllic, sandy seclusion. Read the story . . .
Follow the course of the Ōhinemuri River and walk or ride through jurassic-looking, bush-clad trails at the heart of the Coromandel's gold-mining history. Read the story . . .
If the idea of a guided tour brings you out in spots, you’ll be wanting to bring yourself to the spots you most want to see. Read the story . . .
Drop into Hot Water Beach, a few kilometres down the coast from Whitianga and remember to take a spade: the bucket is optional, but a garden spade or contractor’s shovel is not. Read the story . . .
Things to do
The east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula has more than its fair share of pretty beaches. Happily, there are still a few that have escaped the developers. New Chums is one. Read the story . . .
Boasting cafés, vineyards, farmers’ markets and beaches; a vintage steam railway, even a racing car track – there’s an awful lot to do in this bucolic corner of the country. Read the story . . .
Do what the locals do in Western Bay of Plenty. Read the story . . .
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 . . .
It’s hard to argue that the discovery of gold was a good thing for the Coromandel Peninsula but one positive is the tramping tracks it left behind... Read the story . . .
Do what the locals do in Franklin. Read the story . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .