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Pacific Coast Highway & Hauraki Gulf road trip: Auckland to the Coromandel

Coromandel Peninsula

Coromandel Pinnacles at Coromandel Forest Park, Coromandel Peninsula Coromandel Pinnacles at Coromandel Forest Park, Coromandel Peninsula

As a bird flies Coromandel is a glimmer across the Firth of Thames. The outline of hills, coast and bush is in contrast to the urban vibe of Auckland. The Coromandel is Auckland’s escape valve where baches and white sandy beaches offer rustic, quiet retreats. What to see and do ranges from chilling out on a beach or a luxurious lodge where pampering is the order of the day. The classic kiwi summer holiday spirit includes fishing, diving, hiking and cycling. Adrenaline adventure beckons with skydiving in Whitiangi or sea kayaking around the coast.

Walks in undisturbed forests are cool shady spots in summer. For heritage fans a walking trail should include exploring the relics of gold and coal mining in the Karangahake Gorge.

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HOW LONG TO SPEND IN THE COROMANDEL?

Decisions, decisions, how long to spend in the Coromandel Peninusla and which route to take? Visitors have two options.

For an indepth holiday in Cormandel allow 4 – 5 days to explore the region thoroughly.

For a mini tour allow 2 days to explore Whitiangia and the immediate area. The estimated time includes travel distances.

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