PLEASE NOTE: As of February 15, 2023, this tour will not be operational for 6-9 months. The main road to the beach was washed out. Tour will resume when the road is repaired.
Experience the Coromandel Peninsula, a favorite holiday destination for many New Zealanders.
This Coromandel day tour from Auckland includes the famous Hot Water Beach and showcases amazing landscape consisting of a mountainous, forest-covered backbone, with the Pacific Ocean on the east, and the sheltered bays of the Hauraki Gulf on the west. Spend the day in this unique area steeped in history associated with kauri logging and gold mining and stunning coastlines.
A 90-minute drive south-east of Auckland is Thames, from where the spectacular western coast road leads you to Coromandel township where renowned New Zealand potter, Barry Brickell has his studio. Ride his personally designed and built mountain railway through the rugged landscape.
Your next stop is for a quiet stroll in the pristine forest to view some of the 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 stop for a delicious cafe lunch.
Visit Hot Water Beach where you can dig your own hot tub right beside the lapping waves. Take a dip if you wish.
A short drive away is Cathedral Cove, where the Pacific Ocean washes through a natural arch onto a white sandy beach backed by white cliffs. This stunning location was used for the filming of The Chronicles of Nania: Prince Caspian. There is a half hour downhill walk to the beach which means the walk back is uphill. A moderate walking ability is required.
Photo Credit: Tourism Coromandel
Daily. Does not operate on Christmas Day.
Departs 7:00am, Returns 7:15pm (approx.)
– Driving Creek Railway
– View Kauri trees
– Picnic lunch from a local cafe
– Hot Water Beach (tide dependent)
– Cathedral Cove (moderate level of walking ability required)
– Pick up and drop off at inner city accommodation
Need to Know
Minimum of 2 passengers required to run. This tour is not appropriate for young children under 5. This experience can be catered to your dietary needs. Please advise of any special dietary requirements when completing your Traveler Information Form.
Private tour available.