Coromandel and the Bay of Plenty

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Coromandel and the Bay of Plenty - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Colenso Country Café and Shop

    A cottage café and craft shop are set in a garden full of citrus and olive trees and kitchen herbs. The café serves soups, moreish...Read More

  • 2. Colville General Store

    Colville's classic counterculture General Store is run by a local co-operative. It sells foodstuffs (there's a well-stocked organic section), wine, beer, and gasoline. It's kind...Read More

  • 3. Mataatua Māori Marae

    Mataatua, one of the most beautiful carved wharenui (meetinghouses) in Māoridom, endured a 130-year-long indignity: it was dismantled; carted to museums around New Zealand, Australia,...Read More

  • 4. Mauao (Mt. Maunganui)

    This dormant volcano is the region's visual icon; its rocky cone stands sentinel, 761 feet high at the end of the peninsula that boasts one...Read More

  • 5. Ōhope Beach

    The region’s most popular and safest swimming beach is the 11-km (7-mile) laid-back Ōhope, just a 10-minute drive east of Whakatane. Pohutukawa Avenue, Ōhope's main...Read More

  • 6. Cathedral Cove

    The Cathedral Cove rock arch is possibly the most visited feature in Coromandel. The two-hour return walk is steep, and the water at the cove...Read More

  • 7. Comvita

    This company has developed a worldwide following for its honey-based health products and Experience Comvita shows you why. Take a guided tour and interactive 3D...Read More

  • 8. Cooks Beach

    This beach lies in Mercury Bay, so named for Captain James Cook's observation of the transit of the planet Mercury in 1769. The beach is...Read More

  • 9. Driving Creek Railway

    The late Barry Brickell's narrow gauge railway, built so the potter could access special clay found at the top of a steep forested slope, has...Read More

  • 10. Fletcher Bay

    Beyond Colville, a twisty, gravel road will take you to Fletcher Bay, the northernmost end of the peninsula. (It's impossible to fully circumnavigate the peninsula...Read More

  • 11. Gold Discovery Centre and Gold Mine Tour

    New owners Karen and Eddie Morrow manage both this and the Waihi information center (in the same location), and their enthusiasm is infectious. You can...Read More

  • 12. Goldfields Railway

    This half-hour, 7-km (4½-mile) heritage-train journey into the Karangahake Gorge follows part of the former Waihi to Paeroa line, built in 1905 after five years...Read More

  • 13. Goldmine Experience

    Take a guided experience to learn about one of the richest gold strikes in the world. The tour includes a 40-minute underground tour of an...Read More

  • 14. Hot Water Beach

    This wild and potentially dangerous surf beach is incredibly popular for its under-the-sand thermal spring. By scooping a shallow hole in the sand, you can...Read More

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  • 15. Lindemann Road Lookout

    For great views over the Bay of Plenty, drive a couple of minutes north of Katikati on State Highway 2 to Lindemann Road. The lookout...Read More

  • 16. Martha Mine

    In the center of Waihi, gaze in awe into the huge open pit of the Martha Mine, one of the world's most significant gold and...Read More

  • 17. McLaren Falls Park

    Four hundred and ninety-four acres of parkland, alongside a gentle flowing river that tumbles over the small McLaren Falls, make a great spot for a...Read More

  • 18. Mills Reef Winery

    Mills Reef has built a fine reputation for its award-winning wines and the winery itself is a treat to visit. The spacious, landscaped, 20-acre complex...Read More

  • 19. Ohiwa Oyster Farm

    Just beyond Ohope, following Wainui Road around the huge Ohiwa Harbour, it's not uncommon to see locals (plus the prolific number of resident wading birds)...Read More

  • 20. Papamoa Hills Regional Park

    Papamoa Hills

    A 45-minute climb through this 108-acre regional park will take you to the summit of a former Māori pā that dates back to 1460. It’s...Read More

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