The Coromandel and the Bay of Plenty Sights

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 during your stay.

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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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Goldfields Railway

  • Tour–Sight

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...

Mauao (Mt. Maunganui)

  • Beach–Sight

This dormant volcanic mountain is the region's geological icon, with its conical rocky outline rising 761 feet above sea level. White-sand...

Ohope Beach

  • Beach–Sight

The most popular and safest swimming beach in the area (and, according to several traveler polls, in New Zealand) is the 11-km-long (7-mile...

Papamoa Hills Regional Park

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Twenty kilometers (12½ miles) from Tauranga, the 45-minute summit walk through the 108-acre park on the Papamoa Hills (Te Rae o Papamoa)...

The Waterworks

  • Amusement Park/Water Park

Five kilometers (3 miles) from Coromandel, The Waterworks is a quirky playground designed with recycled materials in a series of grassy...

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