The Coromandel Peninsula is New Zealand's summer playground. It's where Aucklanders go on holiday. With fine weather, outstanding coastal scenery and a relaxed and chilled atmosphere the Coromandel Peninsula is the perfect place to while away a few summer days. Its natural beauty and the close-to-nature lifestyle of its residents has seen Green politics flourish in the area as a means of protecting the landscape.
Fine Beaches and idyllic coves
The east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula is full of small coves, beaches of white sand and crystal clear waters. Exploring and discovering idyllic coves and beaches for yourself is part of the experience. Many are reachable only on foot which adds to their serenity. Among the more well known beaches are Whangamata, New Chums beach and the famous Hot Water Beach with its geothermal waters bubbling up through the sands (see also New Zealand Thermal Pools).
Fishing and bird watching
The Firth of Thames, in the south west corner of the Coromandel Peninsula is a bird-watchers heaven. Over 100 species of migratory birds are found at the waters edge. Try the Karaka hide for a good view. Whitianga and Mercury Bay are centres for big game fishing, tuna, marlin, shark plus puka, snapper and yellowtail kingfish. Success rates are high even for beginners and many rate the Coromandel Peninsula as offering some of the best fishing in the world.
The Coromandel Peninsula offers some of the best of the North Island's natural beauty. The coast throws up many beautiful and interesting rock formations, most notably those at Cathedral Cove. Spectacular displays of crimson-red flowers on the pohutukawa and rata trees provide a vibrant backdrop to the Coromandel Peninsula during December and January. And the Coromandel Forest Park reveals spectacular waterfalls, hidden creeks and ancient mining locations to the visitor in its labyrinth of walking tracks.
Arts and crafts
The Coromandel Peninsula is home to a large population of talented artists and has a growing reputation as a hotspot for arts and crafts, no doubt inspired by the extraordinary scenery and chilled ambience. Galleries, exhibitions and shops offering all manner of arts and crafts are plentiful.