Coromandel Peninsula and the Bay of Plenty Sights

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

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Bounty

  • Museum/Gallery

This design store–cum–gallery is Thames' best option for buying local arts and crafts, including jewelry, pottery, weaving, and paintings.

Butterfly and Orchid Garden

  • Garden/Arboretum

A few minutes' (3 km, 1.8 mi) drive north on the way out of Thames, it's easy to miss this garden unless you're specifically looking...

Cathedral Cove

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

The spectacular Cathedral Cove rock arch and white-sand crescent-shaped beach is possibly the most visited feature in Coromandel. The...

Colenso Herb Garden, Country Café and Shop

  • Restaurant–Sight

Colenso Herb Garden, Country Café and Shop, on State Highway 25 just south of the Hahei turnoff on the way to Tairua, is a relaxed cottage...

Cook's Beach

  • Beach–Sight

Cook's Beach lies along Mercury Bay, so named for Captain James Cook's observation of the transit of the planet Mercury in November 1769.

Coromandel Gold Stamper Battery

  • Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

Nothing quirky or gimmicky here. This is the real thing, with a Category One Historic Places Trust rating. Started up around 1900, this...

Driving Creek Railway

  • Tour–Sight

Barry Brickell's fascinating project has become a major tourist attraction. Mr. Brickell is a potter who discovered that the clay on...

Elms Mission House

  • Museum/Gallery

Built in 1847, this was the first Christian missionary station in the Bay of Plenty. The lovely late-Georgian house, named for the 50...

Fletcher Bay

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

Beyond Colville, a twisty, gravel (but well-maintained) road will take you to Fletcher Bay, the northernmost end of the peninsula. (It's...

General Store

  • Store/Shop/Mall

Colville's classic counterculture General Store is run by a local co-operative. It sells foodstuffs (there's a well-stocked organic section...

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