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Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip: Auckland to The Coromandel

Shake the cobwebs out of your hair. Follow the thread of the Pohutukawa Coast as you traverse the Hauraki Gulf, past Miranda ShoreBird Centre, linger in small towns and finish the journey in Thames. The day is about sunshine, a waterfall, native forest, beaches and awesome panoramic views. Then you’re in the Coromandel peninsula where gold mining trails and more beautiful beaches await. You are travelling one of New Zealand’s iconic summer road journeys. 

Drive with the windows down and the scent of the coast in the air.   

 

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You have approximately 1 ¾  – two hours driving time to reach Thames (without any stops).

Trip Overview

Auckland, Clevedon Sunday markets, Hununi Regional Park, Omana Regional Park, Maraetai, Miranda, small places, big stories


Duration: 1 night, 2 days – detours galore
Start Auckland
Finish Coromandel

Camera Stops
17 and counting

Nearest Airport
Auckland
November - March
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Auckland to Thames – 167 km

Your road will be signposted Pacific Coast Highway. Pacific Coast section: Auckland to the Coromandel Peninsula starts in Auckland and you’ll travel south for almost two hours to the Coromandel Peninsula following signs on State Highway one for the Pacific Coast road trip.

 

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Stretch the legs and explore the pocket sized pretty Clevedon Scenic Reserve

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In the busy summer months there is a large car park which can rapidly reach capacity in the middle of the weekend.

 

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WHERE TO EAT – Maraetai is a great lunchtime stop with parking for a motohouse and boardwalk to explore the beach. Beach Cafe Maraetai – Home offers classic kiwi lunch fare with an attached ice cream bar doing a roaring summer trade.

 

FAMILY ALERT

A great place to stop with the kids with the well resourced Miranda Shorebirds Centre an interesting place for kids (and all of us). Clear easy explanations of what a chenier (shell) beach is, its importance and the impact of farming and quarrying on the sensitive landscape.  Kids look for the bird tracking interactive map. Remember birds do not need passports.

 

INTERESTING FACT ABOUT POKOROKORO MIRANDA SHOREBIRD CENTRE

The name Miranda was a gunship that was used to subdue the local Maori villages (during the nineteenth century land wars). One of the plaques points towards the local hills and the story of how Maori resisted land confiscation in the area.

Today local iwi (tribe) participation in regeneration effects is sought and the importance of the Hauraki Gulf for traditional fish netting and food gathering practices elaborated.

STAY OVERNIGHT IN THAMES

 

 

Coromandel Peninsula – Coast to Coast Exploration

174 km from Thames to Whangamata. State Highway 25 is a loop from the east coast to the west coast of the Coromandel Peninsula.

Thames to Coromandel Town to Whitianga

 

PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY ROUTE OPTION – ELIMINATE THE COROMANDEL PENINSULA

For visitors deciding to eliminate the Coromandel Peninsula from their touring route from Thames travel to PAEROA (WAIHI) and join the Pacific Coast Highway at this point.

Thames to Karangahake Gorge to Waihi then Paeroa

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