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Coromandel Peninsula 12 things to do for free

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Waiau Falls, Coromandel

Holidays are about creating memories and laughing together. The Coromandel offers plenty of attractions and places to go for free. There is no charge to visit a waterfall or lounge on a beach; it’s free. The viewpoints are stunning with swaths of native bush, gold sandy beaches and rolling hills to reward walkers for the climb up. There is a quirky BMX Whitianga bike park which is free with places to picnic. What to do for free in the Coromandel is exhaustive; it’s a place where kiwis return and savour timeless pleasures.

Wharekaho Simpson Beach, Coromandel Pensinsula sunset teenage hot spot hangout, Coromandel, New Zealand
Wharekaho Simpson Beach, Coromandel Pensinsula
  1. BEACHES tick the box as free, natural spaces with rock pools, swimming and water sports. The Coromandel is an outdoor gift for families looking for things to do with the kids. Remember to check out Hot Water Beach, Cathedral Cove, Hahei Beach, Tairua Estuary, Whangamata Beach, and New Chums Beach attractions, things to do guide.
  1. Whitianga has a number of stunning innovative activities for kids that are free with the WHITIANGA BIKE PARK an amazing place to visit and it’s free.
Whitianga skate park in the centre of the town, North Island, Coromandel, New Zealand
Whitianga skate park
View of Pauanui town from Mount Paku, Coromandel peninsula, New Zealand
View of Pauanui town from Mount Paku
  1. Climb the various VIEWPOINTS around the Coromandel check out Best 10 short walks in the Coromandel or Cooks beach lookout over the Whitianga harbour
  1. THAMES SHORTLAND street cemetery with its sweeping panoramic views of the Firth of Thames. For more information about Thames check out Top 10 things to do around Thames – Best Bits.
Thames Shortland Street historic cemetery views, Coromandel, New Zealand
Thames Shortland Street historic cemetery views
Waiau Falls flow through Coromandel Ranges, New Zealand
Waiau Falls flow through Coromandel Ranges
  1. WAIAU FALLS on route 309, scenic, a swimming hole and a magical kauri grove of magnificent massive NZ native trees. The Department of Conservation managed reserve is a well known local favourite summer spot.
  1. MATARANGI WHARF and viewpoints is a great place for couples to find a romantic moment with a beautiful white sandy beach and dunes for a private picnic
Evening sunset from the fishing wharf, Matarangi, Coromandel, New Zealand
Evening sunset from the fishing wharf, Matarangi
Tairua estuary low tide, Coromandel, New Zealand
Tairua estuary
  1. TAIRUA ESTUARY and ocean beach to marvel at the contrast between the power of ocean swells and quiet tidal flows of the Tairua estuary
  1. Stroll along the WHITIANGA BOARDWALK among the sand dunes and watch the yachts catch the wind as they cross the harbour entrance
Whitianga marina public billboard, North Island, Coromandel, New Zealand
Whitianga marina
  1. Get inspired about What to do at the beach with an oldie but goodie, sandcastle building tips and tricks. SANDCASTLES are a great family selfie moment. Transitory and energetic and remember lots of sunscreen.
  1. Go window SHOPPING at the weekend markets and enjoy observing the skill and passion of the local crafty inhabitants. There are budget gems to pick up and the joy of knowing your purchase was locally made with the profits returning to the stallholder.
Whitianga craft, quilting, textiles design Is the Season store, Coromandel, New Zealand
Whitianga craft, quilting, textiles design Is the Season store
  1. Join one of the many FESTIVALS held in the area from scallops to the art studio openings. There is free entertainment, cheap food stalls and plenty of action from free face painting for kids to quirky things to try from rope making or pottery workshops.
  1. Check out CHEAP EATS in 13 great places to eat and cafes in the Coromandel Peninsula and pop into the local supermarket and check out the deli section for an impromptu picnic. There are two well serviced supermarkets in Whitianga, ‘Countdown’ and ‘New World’ both have extensive heat & serve meals and deli offerings to support the visitor traffic to the region.

Check out Coromandel travel guide for heritage trails worth exploring.



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