The Coromandel is a beautiful peninsula directly east of Auckland. It features a stunning coastline stretching from Thames to Waihi and is renowned for its natural beauty, from its misty rainforests to its pristine golden beaches. The Coromandel is peppered with hidden bays and waterfalls, which make it the ideal place to escape, relax and unwind. Or find a trail that will keep you on your toes as you explore a new headland or bush-clad peak. This place has to be good for your soul ...
The Coromandel fuses the quintessential laidback Kiwi lifestyle with an iconic coastline fringed by stunning native bush. Take a day out to swim and snorkel at Cathedral Cove or discover the unrivaled beauty of New Chum beach. If you're into surfing or paddleboarding then take a day out at Hot Water Beach and be sure to dig a hole at low tide to rest your aching muscles in the thermal springs that seep out of the sand.
The mountain biking jewel in The Coromandel's crown is the Hauraki Rail Trail – a Great Ride of the New Zealand Cycle Trail – Nga Haerenga. This trail is an easy Grade 1 trail and suitable for riders of all levels. It meanders south from Thames through rural farmland to Paeroa where you have the option of heading to Te Aroha or riding through the picturesque Karangahake Gorge as you make your way to Waikino. The trail is steeped in the heritage of the gold-mining era that you'll discover as you ride the trail. If your thirst for knowledge still isn't quenched then visit the Waihi Gold Discovery Centre in Waihi and discover more about Goldfields Railway. Thames and Coromandel Town are also heritage centres if you still have any gaps.
For a mountain bike experience with friends look for the Coromandel Coastal Walkway and soak in the views as you skirt the coast, or explore the Whangamata Ridges Mountain Bike Park.
Don't be afraid to ditch the bike to explore some of the coastal walks – a hike into the Pinnacles is well worth the trip as is a wander into Orokawa Bay – a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.
The more time you spend in The Coromandel the more you'll feed your soul.