Holidays in the Coromandel Peninsula take you to one of New Zealand’s most remarkable destinations. Located just a short drive from Auckland on the South Island, it’s a place of deep rainforests, sunlit mountain ranges, and breath-taking palm-fringed beaches.
Sea and sand are the main attraction for many on a Coromandel Peninsula holiday. The Bay of Plenty is ringed with lively bars and buzzy restaurants, as well as plenty of opportunities to relax. Nearby Hot Water Beach is named for its hot springs beneath the sand, which rise between low and high tide. If you dig down a couple of feet you can create your own personal hot spring. For ultimate tranquillity, New Chum Beach is a pristine curve of sand accessible only by boat or on foot. It’s well worth the extra effort to get here.
Coromandel Peninsula holidays: New Zealand at its best
Between the Coromandel Mountains and Kamai Mountains is the Karangahake Gorge. You can walk the river, swim beneath the Owharoa Falls and stay in charmingly rustic hotels. Feeling adventurous? Take on Sleeping God Canyon, a 300 metre run down a sheer rock face. Alternatively, brave the Pinnacles - a challenging overnight walk in the Coromandel Forest Park that follows the old logging trails. You’ll spend the night in communal accommodation at the peak, waking up to a view you’ll remember forever.
Less than two hour’s drive north of Coromandel Peninsula is Cathedral Bay, which gets its name from the vast cave and rock formations along its length. You can’t miss the looming White Island – an active volcano off the coast. Arriving by boat, you’ll step directly into the crater. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience nature’s raw power.
Holidaying in the Coromandel Peninsula is all about enjoying the great outdoors. Whether you love scuba diving, fishing, hiking or star-gazing you’ll have endless opportunities to pursue your passions.
Great sample itineraries
Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries - there’s so much to do on a holiday in the Coromandel Peninsula.
Auckland To Christchurch Tour
New Zealand Cultural Tour
Explore Coromandel Peninsula
Best time to visit Coromandel Peninsula
While it’s beautiful all year round, the best time to go to Coromandel Peninsula is in the summer if you wish to enjoy maximum outdoor time. You’ll find temperatures average a balmy 24°C - 30°C between November and February and there are plenty of sunny days.
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“For a long time Whenuakura Wildlife Sanctuary (often referred to as Donut Island) was a local secret. It’s quickly becoming a ‘must do’ New Zealand adventure.”
“Book yourself a cruise, which will take you across the Bay of Plenty to White Island. Here you can explore the fascinating inner crater of Whakaari, which is New Zealand's most active volcano. This fantastic experience will be the highlight of your holiday.”
Events & Festivals
Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Coromandel Peninsula holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.
Tairua Wine and Food Festival
January’s Tairua Wine and Food Festival is held at a local school. This is a food festival with a real community feel, and 100% of the proceeds goes to the classroom. This is the perfect way to immerse yourself in Coromandel Peninsula’s culture.
Concert in the Vines
The annual Concert in the Vines takes place at the Mercury Bay Estate in January, with great local bands and wines that are made on site.
Coromandel Arts Tour
Some hugely talented artists call this region home. The Coromandel Arts Tour in October gives you the chance to visit some local studios.
Fancy a challenge? The August Coromandel Classic is a weekend long multi-sport adventure race involving mountain biking, running and road cycling.
Whitianga Scallop Festival
The charming village of Whitianga hosts its annual Scallop Festival during the month of September. Expect demonstrations from top chefs, local wines by the glass, and lashing of scallops, naturally.
Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Coromandel Peninsula holiday. Here are a few of our favourite foodie experiences.
The Coromandel Peninsula produces some of the best seafood in New Zealand. The shellfish is particularly good, with oysters, scallops and mussels being a consistent feature in restaurants across the region. If you love seafood then the seafood here really is a must during your Coromandel Peninsula holiday.
The Coromandel Food Trail
The Coromandel Food Trail celebrates some of the best producers and restaurants in the area. Hop from restaurant to restaurant as you experience delicious local wines and dishes, cooked to perfection.
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