What To Expect
Experience Coromandel Peninsula, a favourite holiday destination for many New Zealanders. Its amazing landscape consists of a mountainous, forest-covered backbone, with the Pacific Ocean on the east, and the sheltered bays and coves of the Hauraki Gulf on the west. Spend the day in this unique area steeped in history associated with kauri logging, gold mining and stunning coastlines.
Take a 90-minute drive south-east of Auckland to Coromandel's main town, Thames, where we take a short break. Then the spectacular western coast road leads us to Coromandel Township where renowned New Zealand potter, Barry Brickell has his studio. Ride his personally designed and built mountain railway system on a memorable journey through the rugged landscape.
Next, we go on a quiet stroll in a pristine rainforest to view some of the magnificent kauri trees that once covered the Coromandel Peninsula. The journey continues across the mountain divide and descends towards the east coast beaches where we stop for lunch. Visit Hot Water Beach where hot water bubbles up in the sand and dig your own hot tub right next to the lapping waves.
Then we make a short drive to Cathedral Cove*, where the Pacific Ocean washes through a natural arch onto a white sandy beach backed by white cliffs. There is a half hour downhill walk to the beach from here which means of course the walk back is uphill! Your journey home to Auckland heads back over the hills by a different route.
Pick-up from and drop off at Auckland inner city hotels
Entry to Driving Creek Railway
Cafe-style lunch and refreshments
Tips and gratuities
Optional activity costs
*Moderate level of walking ability is required during the Cathedral Cove walk (35 minutes down to the beach and 40 minutes back). If someone cannot make the walk safely, the guide will replace Cathedral Cove with a more accessible beach.
Please wear comfortable walking shoes and suitable outdoor clothing. It is recommended that you bring a swimsuit if you wish to take a dip at Hot Water Beach.
Tours operate on all weather conditions.
This tour has a 2 adult minimum requirement for operation and is subject to cancellation if this minimum is not met. Please call at least 24 hours prior to departure to confirm schedule.
Children 2 years old and below are free of charge provided they do not occupy a seat.
Hot Water Beach digging may not be available on the following dates due to low tide times:
01, 03, 15-17 October 2014
01, 14, 16 November 2014
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.
7 hours and 40 minutes
8 hours and 30 minutes
2 days / 1 night