Coromandel Full Day Tour

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What To Expect

Experience the Coromandel Peninsula. Ride a train on the Barry Brickell-designed Driving Creek Railway, view some Kauri trees, take a dip at Hot Water Beach, and drive to stunning Cathedral Cove where the Pacific Ocean meets a white sandy beach.

Specifications

Type:
Coromandel Day Tours
Departs From:
Auckland
Meeting Point:
Hotel pick-up or 172 Quay Street
Duration:
12 hours
Availability:
daily at 7:00 AM
Product Code:
11023
Voucher info:
Print voucher. You will not have access to the tour without this voucher.
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Description

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.

Includes

  • Pick-up from and drop off at Auckland inner city hotels

  • Entry to Driving Creek Railway

  • Cafe-style lunch and refreshments

  • Guide

Excludes

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

  • Personal expenses

Please Note

  • *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

  • 12 February 2015

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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