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.
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Pick-up at Auckland Hotels or Check-in at 164 Quay Street
Start of Coromandel Tour
Drive to the Scenic Town of Thames
The tour starts off with a 90-minute drive south-east where Coromandel's main town of Thames is situated.
Ride the Train at the Driving Creek Railway
Hop aboard the railway system designed and built by famous potter Barry Brickell that traverses a rainforest through tunnels and viaducts.
See Towering Kauri Trees
View some of the largest and mightiest trees known as Kauri which once covered the Coromandel Peninsula's lush rainforest. Cafe-style lunch can then be taken as the tour descends toward the east coast beaches.
Relax at Hot Water Beach
In Hot Water Beach, travelers can dig their own hot tub, as the bubbling water and steam provides relaxation.
Take a Dip at the Waters of Cathedral Cove
Afterwards, head down to Cathedral Cove, a beach of white sand, towering white cliffs and a grand arched cavern tourists from all over the world flock to.
Drop-off at Auckland Hotels or Check-out at 164 Quay Street
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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.
*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.
Pick-up from and drop off at Auckland inner city hotels
Driving Creek Railway entry fee
Lunch and refreshments
Any cancellations made within 1 business days of your activity (after 07:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.