The spectacular Coromandel Peninsula is just 1.5 hrs from Auckland and has plenty to do - beaches, hot springs, rainforest and historic towns to visit. The Coromandel Peninsula is a spectacular rugged promontory which extends nearly 85 kilometres into the Pacific Ocean from the North Island of New Zealand. Located just an hour and a half’s drive from Auckland, there are plenty of things to do in Coromandel, with fantastic beaches, relaxing hot springs, lush temperate rainforests and historic towns to visit.
Located in the north-eastern part of the Coromandel Peninsula is the stunning Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve. Also known as Te Whanganui-A-Hei, the marine reserve was established in 1992 and is maintained by the Department of Conservation. The two coasts of the Coromandel Peninsula offer many different beaches, but one of the Coromandel beaches that visitors will not want to miss it. Hot Water Beach situated on Mercury bay on the East coast. Here you can dig a hole in the sand within 2 hours either side of low tide, and let the hot water rise to the surface and fill the pool.