The Coromandel Peninsula puts white beaches, rainforests and historic sites within easy reach. You can kayak to Cathedral Cove – named for its soaring arches – or experience the volcanic phenomenon of Hot Water Beach.
It is no wonder that some of New Zealand’s most visually aware painters, sculptors and craftsmen have made the Coromandel Peninsula their home. The place is absolutely beautiful, untouched and serene. Even the light seems to have a clear, sparkling quality. There are also some inspiring sights. The native Pohutukawa trees along the western coast, for example. Volcanic hills sheaved in indigenous rainforest. Unsullied eastern beaches offering superb fishing, snorkeling, surfing and bathing. Plus historic places that include old mines, logging dams and Maori pa sites.
Be sure - if you’re visiting the peninsula on your luxury, tailor-made vacation to New Zealand – that your itinerary includes a trip to Cathedral Cove. The swimming is unrivalled, the cliffs resemble the arches of a cathedral and you can picnic in the generous shade of native pohutukawa trees.
But the really unique phenomenon of the Coromandel Peninsula is Hot Water Beach. As its name suggests, this is one of the few beaches in the world with both hot and cold running water. To cool off, dip your toes in the sea. For a hot bathtub, simply dig a large hole in the sand; volcanic action will fill it for you, with heated water.