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From Auckland: Small Group Coromandel Peninsula Day Tour

Product ID: 252902
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Explore the Coromandel Peninsula, known for its beautiful mountainous landscapes, sheltered bays, and stunning coastlines. Visit charming towns, dig your own hot tub on the beach and see beautiful beaches.
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Duration: 12 hours
Starting time 7:00 AM
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Live tour guide
Chinese, English, German, Japanese

Pickup included

Pickup from inner city Auckland accommodation included. Please advise where you are staying so you can be given a pickup time. Please be waiting in the lobby 5 minutes prior to the pickup time.

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  • Ride on Driving Creek Railway through beautiful native forest
  • Dig a hole at Hot Water Beach and sit in your own hot tub in the sand
  • Hug an 800 year old kauri tree
  • See the beautiful Cathedral Cove
  • Take in stunning panoramic views of the Hauraki Gulf
Full description
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.
  • Innercity Auckland accommodation pickup and drop-off
  • Driving Creek Railway entry
  • Cafe lunch
  • Hot Water Beach
  • Cathedral Cove (subject to guide discretion)
  • Light refreshments
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Outdoor clothing
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility.
• This tour requires a minimum of 2 passengers. If you are traveling alone you can join others who have booked the tour. Please mention this at the time of booking.
• Visiting Cathedral Cove is up to the discretion of the guide. It is an approximately 3 KM walk with stairs.
• Digging in the sand for hot water at Hot Water Beach is tide dependent. You will be informed if the date of travel is a 'bad tide day' at time of booking. There are 2 x 3 day periods each month where the tides are a bit tricky.
• This tour travels along some winding roads. If you have motion sickness please make sure to prepare appropriately.
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Product ID: 252902