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. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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 beaches...Read More

  • 8. 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...Read More

  • 9. Papamoa Hills Regional Park

    Papamoa Hills | 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) will...Read More

  • 10. The Waterworks

    Garden/Arboretum

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

  • 11. Katikati Heritage Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    For a local, hands-on history of Katikati from its Māori roots through today, as well as contemporary art exhibits, check out the Katikati Heritage...Read More

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