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Whitianga: 3-Hour Sailing Trip to Cathedral Cove with Swim

1. Whitianga: 3-Hour Sailing Trip to Cathedral Cove with Swim

Delight in a 3-hour sailing trip from Whitianga and see the iconic sights of Mercury Bay and Cathedral Cove. Lend a hand with the sailing or simply sit back and relax on comfy beanbags and admire the picturesque scenery. Meet your guide in Whitianga and board Fully Charged, a fast racing catamaran. After a short introductory session to the boat's main facilities and safety systems, set sail out to the calm waters of the bay. As you sail, spot the area's most notable sights with the help of your guide. Keep your cameras ready as you sail past Cathedral Cove. Swim or snorkel in the marine reserve with the wonderful sea life, or simply chill out on board and soak up the scenery. The tour concludes back at the starting point in Whitianga. The morning tour option includes freshly-brewed coffee, chilled organic juice, and a freshly-baked snack. The afternoon tour option includes chilled local beer or New Zealand wine with a fresh fruit platter.

Auckland: Coromandel, Cathedral Cove & Hot Water Beach Tour

2. Auckland: Coromandel, Cathedral Cove & Hot Water Beach Tour

Begin the tour with a pick-up from your hotel in a comfortable minibus equipped with WiFi, charging ports, and onscreen entertainment. Be taken on a scenic drive through the New Zealand countryside as you head to the incredible Coromandel Peninsula. Head to your first stop, Cathedral Cove, a spot featured in the film the Chronicles Of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Cathedral Cove is one of New Zealand's most famous and beautiful beaches, and is a must-do activity for any visitor to New Zealand. As there are no roads to this beach, take a 40-minute bush walk to get there. Upon arrival, take some time to relax, sunbathe, swim, play sport, or just soak in the spectacular views. Later, enjoy time for lunch at a restaurant where you can try some local food, and can even have a beer if you choose (food and drinks not included). Continue to your next stop, the famous Hot Water Beach, where you can dig a hole in the sand to create a naturally-heated geothermal water bath. Finally, it's time to make your way back to Auckland, but not without stopping for a quick ice-cream and some more photos.

From Auckland: Small Group Coromandel Peninsula Day Tour

3. From Auckland: Small Group Coromandel Peninsula Day Tour

First, enjoy the 90-minute drive to the charming town of Thames, where you will take a short break. Then, hit the road again and take in the spectacular views along New Zealand’s west coast. You will then stop in at the Coromandel Township where the renowned potter, Barry Brickell, had his studio. Ride on his personally designed mountain railway system, on a memorable journey through the rugged landscape. Next, stop for a quiet stroll in pristine rainforest and see some magnificent kauri trees, which once covered the Coromandel Peninsula. The journey continues across the mountain divide and descends towards the east coast beaches where you will stop for lunch. Visit the amazing Hot Water Beach, where hot water bubbles to the surface of the sand. Dig your own hot tub right next to the lapping waves.   Then, visit Cathedral Cove, where the water washes through a natural arch onto a white sandy beach backed by white cliffs. Next, take the 30-minute downhill walk to the beautiful beach, which was featured in the Chronicles of Narnia.   End the day enjoy the landscape during the return journey to Auckland, as you head over the hills along a different route.

From Auckland: Coromandel Peninsula Full-Day Tour

4. From Auckland: Coromandel Peninsula Full-Day Tour

Explore the pristine white-sand beaches, lush native forests, and breathtaking natural formations of the Coromandel Peninsula on a full-day tour from Auckland. Hike through beautiful forest to the rugged coastline and marvel at the views of Cathedral Cove. Get up close to this cathedral-like arched cavern, featured in the Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Dig your own shallow thermal pool in the tidal area of the beach and let yourself soak in a 60-degree bath on Hot Water Beach. Marvel at the spectacular views and the ever-changing landscape and stop en route to take magical photos. Travel throughout in air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz vehicle, on a small group tour and accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. Make full use of your day as you hike, soak and swim and explore Hahei, Hot Water Beach, Cathedral Cove.

Coromandel Peninsula: Full Day Canyoning Adventure

5. Coromandel Peninsula: Full Day Canyoning Adventure

Your canyoning adventure departs from the Thames Visitor Information CENTR in the morning. Upon arrival at the Coromandel Peninsula valley floor, meet your guides for the day and listen to a brief talk about the history of the area as well as fascinating insight about the region’s pre-european logging industry. After your introduction session, begin your ascent to the top of the river and into the canyon. At the summit, take a moment to catch your breath and admire the sprawling views across the surrounding landscape. Next, get kitted out with all the necessary equipment and watch your guide share some important safety information as well as a short abseiling session and tradition Karakia prayer. Then it’s time for the real fun to begin as you drop over the first 30-meter waterfall and glide across the canyon wall. Feel the thrill of adrenaline as you slide down 10 waterfalls, swim through natural pools, climb down the valley wall, and marvel at stunning views throughout the day. The tour also comes with lunch and snacks included, as well as photos of the day to remind you of this truly unique experience.

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What people are saying about Coromandel Peninsula

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 24 reviews

This was such a lovely adventure. Friendly crew and we were so relaxed, hanging out on the bean bags and enjoying the magnificent scenery around us. The quick dip and snorkel was so cool, saw the most beautiful fish. And a hot cup of coffee with delicious home made banana bread to top it of...

Great activity. Me and my group of girls really enjoyed ourselves. So cool to see all the fish out in the marine and just chill out on the bean bags sipping on some wine. Also had fruit platter which was delicious!

We had a fantastic half day trip with Matt as our captain. Best way to see this stunning coastline. Matt made it fun, informative and memorable for all the right reasons.

Awesome,relaxing and a family must do! Thanks heaps Matt and Sam for the best experience of cathedral cove trip.

The staff was super friendly! We really enjoyed the activity! Highly recommended!