Best things to do, where to go and what to see
Colville is a one way road to Port Jackson and the Coromandel Coastal Walkway. The narrow winding coastal road is sealed until Colville. Past Colville the road fords streams and passes isolated beaches until it reaches Fletcher Bay at the top of the Peninsula. Colville is a place that beguiles you into staying longer as you relax into a place where mobile reception is spotty and people take time to find out what you are looking for.
WHAT TO DO, HIGHLIGHTS
- Historic Colville Cemetery walk, past a regenerating wetlands where an old Maori fish trap gently rests near the wharf
- Understand the fascinating history of mining, logging and growth of strong community spirit
- Pay your respects to the Tibetan stupa (shrine) sitting in the grounds of the Mahamudra retreat centre, near Colville in the Coromandel. mahamudra is a Tibetan Buddhist centre
- Take a road trip to Port Jackson where the only traffic jam is wandering sheep
- Think about walking the Coromandel Coastal Walkway
- Relax, revive and not worry that your mobile has no service
Colville’s precinct consists of the well known Colville General Store, tennis club, art galleries, community post office, house turned into a cafe, a Tibetan monastery, primary school and fire station.
Colville inhabitants to do NOT let things close
- Fire station is now staffed by volunteers, established after a house burnt down 30 odd years ago
- Community Post Office is flourishing after being closed
- MEG is dealing with pesky stoats ensuring their sorry end
- Colville Social Services Collectivey distributes a book library
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Year round with a temperate climate and plenty to do from a day trip to Port Jackson to chilling out without the mobile buzzing (likely you’ve got no service)
The Moehau Environment Group (MEG) together with Colville school students undertakes extensive pest management in the wetlands. The “children’s forest” Moehau Environment Group (MEG) planted with Colville School students. MEG has undertaken extensive pest management in the wetlands.
WHERE TO TAKE THE BEST SELFIE
- Delightfully mosaic public toilet
- An authentic Tibetan stupa (shrine)
- Backdrop against an iconic general rural store that sells almost everything to anyone
The town was once known as CabbageTown. Captain James Cook nominated the name as he insisted the reluctant sailors eat cabbage tree leaves to prevent scurvy.
- Colville is famous for its community ethos
WHAT TO DO WITH THE KIDS
- Explore the area together as a family
- EASTER FAIR
WHO TURNED UP AND NAMED THE PLACE?
- Named after a nineteenth century British Admiral, Lord Colville. Colville’s origins are as a busy timber town. In the 1970’s a refuge for people searching for an alternative lifestyle. Today the quiet town supports farmers and artists. Today Colville is a quiet country town serving a local community of farmers and artists.
WHAT KEEPS THE PLACE TICKING?
- Tourists, self-sufficiency and farming
- 1,485 92018)
- You should not go abroad without visiting Colville first
The fire brigade had their fire truck blessed after a Buddhist deity. The engine is called Tara, a god who is swift of action and compassionate.
TRAVEL PACK INFORMATION
This stupa (shrine) sits in the grounds of the Mahamudra retreat centre, near Colville in the Coromandel. Mahamudra is a Tibetan Buddhist centre, set up in 1981 by the Tibetan lamas Thubten Yeshe and Kyabje Thubten Zopa Rinpoche.