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Coromandel Peninsula and the Bay of Plenty Travel Guide

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Plan Your Coromandel Peninsula and the Bay of Plenty Vacation

Beautiful sandy beaches, lush native forests, and some steamy geothermal activity make the Coromandel and Bay of Plenty quite a departure from urban Auckland. Many residents live in fishing villages or small rural towns, with the occasional artsy or alternative-lifestyle community thrown in, particularly in the Coromandel.

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Beach Bounty The forest-fringed inlets, coves, and sprawling sand dunes include some of the most popular beaches in the country. The coastline is endless; one beautiful beach after another.
  2. Volcanoes and Vistas From the coastal cliffs of the Coromandel to the Bay of Plenty's volcanic peak, Mauao, great views abound. Active White Island's steaming fissures are a dramatic sight by sea, air, or at the rim of the marine volcano itself.
  3. Walking and Hiking Follow the "footsteps of Toi" to the secluded bay of Otarawaiwere, or take a forest walk to swim in one of the lagoons formed by the tiers of Kaiate Falls. Coromandel Forest Park has a network of tracks, from easy roadside walks among kauri tree giants to overnight treks.
  4. Watery Wonders Dive or snorkel in the region's marine reserves, or take a swim with dolphins. Charter a boat and go deep-sea fishing, or kayak among the glowworms by moonlight.

When To Go

When to Go

These regions are well loved for their beaches, and they are crowded between December and February when the hot summer weather draws thousands of holi...

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