Jutting north into the Pacific Ocean, the Coromandel Peninsula features two beautiful but contrasting coastlines. It encompasses pretty seaside townships and hidden bays that feel serenely remote despite their close proximity to Auckland.
Along the Firth of Thames the coast is open and rocky, much wilder in feel than the tranquil, protected beaches of the eastern coast. Inland rugged, volcanic hills are cloaked in thick, native rainforest.
Historically only visited by loggers and gum-diggers, a gold rush in the late 1800s brought miners thronging to the area, and many of the townships display evidence of this lucrative period.
Around Coromandel peninsula
Thames, the gateway to the peninsula, is a prime example of a once-grand gold rush town that now simply serves the local farming community. Restored heritage architecture, access to safe, empty beaches, and a wonderfully laidback lifestyle draw most visitors to the eastern coast.
The small townships here are a haven for artists, and many will welcome you into their homes or small galleries where you can admire works inspired by the local landscape and colour.
Further north things become quieter still, with only a handful of visitors reaching the most northern points – only accessible by unsealed road – where the landscape has remained virtually unchanged for centuries.
Suggested itineraries featuring Coromandel Peninsula
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Coromandel Peninsula, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Coromandel Peninsula
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Places in and around Coromandel Peninsula
- Thames & Kauaeranga Valley Coromandel Peninsula
- Waiheke Island 42 miles away
- Great Barrier Island 54 miles away
- Devonport 55 miles away
- Auckland 57 miles away
- Tauranga 58 miles away
- Waikato 66 miles away
- Bay of Plenty 68 miles away
- Warkworth 72 miles away
- Rotorua 89 miles away
- Waitomo 101 miles away
- Lake Taupo 124 miles away
- Russell 148 miles away
- Paihia 148 miles away
- Bay of Islands 150 miles away
- The Kauri Coast 151 miles away
- Kerikeri 156 miles away
- Tongariro National Park 159 miles away
- Matauri Bay 167 miles away
- Eastland & Gisborne 173 miles away
- Taranaki & New Plymouth 175 miles away
- Napier 189 miles away
- Hawkes Bay 196 miles away
- Hastings 198 miles away
- Whanganui National Park 213 miles away
- 90 Mile Beach & Cape Reinga 217 miles away
- The Kapiti Coast 278 miles away
- Greytown 289 miles away
- Wairarapa & surrounds 293 miles away
- Martinborough 298 miles away
Accommodation choices for Coromandel Peninsula
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Coromandel Peninsula. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Ideas for experiencing Coromandel Peninsula
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Coromandel Peninsula, and which use the best local guides.