The Coromandel and the Bay of Plenty

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The 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

    Restaurant–Sight

    On State Highway 25 just south of the Hahei turnoff on the way to Tairua, this is a relaxed cottage café named after William Colenso, an early...Read More

  • 2. Awakeri Hot Springs

    Bath/Hot Spring

    After a hard day at the beach, or walking the local trails, there’s nothing better than a soak in the hot-spring–fed swimming pool and hot tubs...Read More

  • 3. Bounty Store

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 4. Butterfly and Orchid Garden

    Garden/Arboretum

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

  • 5. Cathedral Cove

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    The spectacular Cathedral Cove rock arch and white-sand crescent-shape beach is possibly the most visited feature in Coromandel. The two-hour...Read More

  • 6. Comvita

    Store/Shop/Mall

    This company has developed a worldwide following for its honey-based health products. Put yourself in the place of real honeybee in their interactive...Read More

  • 7. 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. The...Read More

  • 8. Coromandel Gold Stamper Battery

    Mine

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

  • 9. Driving Creek Railway

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 10. 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 elms that...Read More

  • 11. Fletcher Bay

    Scenic Drive/Tour

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

  • 12. 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...Read More

  • 13. Gold Discovery Centre and Gold Mine Tour

    Museum/Gallery

    Head underground to this interactive museum explaining the region’s gold-mining history. The roof is lined with timbers as if you are in a real...Read More

  • 14. Goldfields Railway

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    This half-hour, 7-km (4.3-mile) heritage-train journey into the Karangahake Gorge follows part of the former Waihi to Paeroa line, built in...Read More

  • 15. Goldmine Experience

    Building/Architectural Site

    To learn about early gold-mining efforts in the Coromandel, stop in at the Goldmine Experience, a few minute's drive north of town. Take a 40...Read More

  • 16. Grahamstown Saturday Market

    Market/Bazaar

    On Saturday morning, the northern end of Thames's main street is transformed into a bustling market. Stalls line the street, with vendors selling...Read More

  • 17. Hot Water Beach

    Beach–Sight

    The popular Hot Water Beach is a wild beach to wander and a delightful thermal oddity. A warm spring seeps beneath the beach, and by scooping...Read More

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  • 18. Kaiate Falls (Te Rerekawau)

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    The falls are a little off-the-beaten-track but worth the trip, driving past kiwifruit orchards, farms, and forest. About 15 minutes southeast...Read More

  • 19. Kiwi 360

    Store/Shop/Mall

    Te Puke rightfully claims the title of kiwifruit capital of the world, as the major kiwifruit growing and exporting region of New Zealand. Kiwi...Read More

  • 20. Lindemann Road Lookout

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    For great views over the Bay of Plenty, go a couple of minutes north of Katikati on State Highway 2 to the Lindemann Road Lookout. It's signposted...Read More

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