Join us as we explore all that the Coromandel has to offer - wine, walks, great food, lovely beaches and more!
|Date & Duration:||27th November - 5th December 2021 - 9 days|
|Cost:||NZ$2580 - What's included?|
|Arrival & Departure points:||Auckland|
Explore the Coromandel like never before on this wonderful trip
Day 1 Auckland -Thames
Our adventure starts this morning, with a pickup in Auckland (city or airport) before journeying south across the Bombay Hills and on to the Coromandel. Our first two nights will be spent in the southwestern end of the Peninsula in the town of Thames. Surrounded by impressive bush-clad ranges and the Firth of Thames, a heritage rich in gold and kauri and some interesting shops to poke around in, Thames is the ideal place to begin roaming.This afternoon we'll explore the township,visiting some unique craft stores and taking in the historic buildings and landscape. After dinner we will take a stroll along the foreshore and hopefully witness one of Thames' legendary sunsets (weather permitting of course!)
Day 2 Thames
Today we will enjoy some of the shorter walking tracks near Thames. Native bush, Kauri forests, the singsong of birds, chattering crickets, gold mining history, tunnels and scenery awaits us.For those who like a more strenuous hike, you are welcome to take on The Pinnacles. Later relax by the pool at our accommodation.
Day 3 Hot Water Beach -Cathedral Cove -Whitianga
We say haere ra to Thames and begin our circumnavigation of the Coromandel Peninsula. Along the way we will make a stop at Hot Water Beach. Hopefully,the tide will be in our favour and we can partake in a unique Kiwi experience -digging ourselves a little hole in the sand to find hot spring water to relax in. A short drive further north brings us to the popular seaside village of Hahei where we put on our walking shoes and take a one hour walk to iconic Cathedral Cove. We'll detour along the way for cliff top views and then drop down into the Cove where there will be time to take in the gorgeous surroundings and have a swim. Just like the postcards depict, you will find golden sand, soft waves, creamy cliffs, and that well photographed rock rising out of the sea. Ascenic ride by water taxi brings us back to Haheiand we continue onto Whitianga.
Day 4/5 Whitianga and surrounds Over the next couple of days,we will explore the area walking along stunning white sand beaches and through native bush, boating to remote bays, snorkelling, swimming, shopping, eating, wine tasting and relaxing.
Day 6 New Chums Beach -Coromandel Town
Departing Whitianga this morning, we head north east to Whangapoua and begin our walk along a rocky shoreline and across the headland to the famed Wainuiototo aka New Chums Beach. Voted amongst the best deserted beaches in the world and only accessible by foot or boat -some describe it as "feeling like you're inside a postcard". A golden sand beach fringed by Pohutukawa and native forest awaits us,and we'll have time to relax and enjoy a picnic lunch and a swim.Later this afternoon we reach Coromandel town and spend some time soaking up its unique character. Time for a look around the shops before settling into our accommodation.
Day 7 Coromandel Town
This morning we visit Driving Creek and ride New Zealand's steepest railway and the only narrow-gauge mountain railway in the country. Be entertained with stories as we wind our way up 2.7km of native forest and past unique pottery and sculptures to Eye Full Tower. Later you have the opportunity to join a pottery making class or go zip-lining (additional cost and subject to availability-early booking essential).We'll take a late lunch at the popular Mussell Kitchen and MK Brewing Co where we can relax in a picturesque garden, dine on tasty food from the open kitchen and sip on refreshing drinks. Later today, time permitting, we will walk the Kauri Block where native bush, sweeping vistas and history await us.
Day 8 Coromandel Coastal Walkway
Described as "the last frontier" and "like walking through a film set" the Coromandel Coastal Walkway is guaranteed to be a pleasure for everyone today. A scenic drive up to the top of the Peninsula guarantees wonderful views from our vehicle but once on foot this 10km track, from Fletcher Bay to Stony Bay, provides dramatic vistas. Enjoy the last evening of the tour with your new friends over a delicious meal in a local restaurant.
Day 9 Coromandel Town -Auckland
After breakfast,we head south to explore the award-winning water gardens of Rapaura. Take your time to roam through the 64 acres of native and exotic plantings all interspersed with garden art. Lunch in the garden cafe located within this private estate before continuing back to Auckland where the tour ends this afternoon.
Includes -8 nights accommodation (good quality apartments and motels) -Daily breakfast, 3 lunches, 3 dinners -Wine and Food Tasting -Tour navigator /walking guide -Transportation in modern air-conditioned mini-coach -Sightseeing/Entry Fees as specified
Excludes -Meals and refreshments (unless specified in inclusions) -Items of a personal nature and optional activities, eg. zip-lining
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