|Coromandel holidays and travel facts|
Facts - The Coromandel Peninsula, with a population of 27,000, is one of New Zealand's most popular holiday destinations. Just an hour and a half drive from Auckland, the region stretches from the southern towns of Te Aroha and Katikati, through Thames and down the eastern side of the peninsula to Waihi.
Coromandel is one of the last few unspoiled destinations, offering a relaxed lifestyle with its white, sandy beaches on the eastern side and on the western side the steep hills and the beautiful, native pohutukawa trees which flower in December. The eastern and western sides of the peninsula are divided by native rainforest with volcanic hills. The coasts of the Coromandel are waiting to be explored, whether it’s by glass bottom boat, diving, snorkeling or just swimming in the crystal clear waters. There are plenty of walks, whether you take a guided tour or find your own way. The Coromandel was the first recorded location of gold being discovered and there are plenty of mining relics to be seen, and even gold to be panned in its 100 year old gold processing museum.
Thames Known as the gateway to the Coromandel. Visit historic Grahamstown in the north of Thames with its colourful and entertaining market every Saturday or the Butterfly and Orchid House which has butterflies from all over the world.
Waihi Located at the base of the peninsula and on the Pacific Coast Highway, Waihi is situated between Coromandel and the Bay of Plenty. Waihi boasts one of the safest surf beaches in New Zealand with its nine kilometres of beautiful, white sand, surf and sea fishing.
Whitianga On the east coast of the Coromandel is Whitianga, the main town of Mercury Bay. Named by Captain Cook, the bay boasts the famous Hot Water Beach where you can build your own hot pool. There are several walks around this area which are suitable for children.
Paerora Famous for being the home of L&P (Lemon and Paeroa drink) this country town is situated on the edge of the Waihou River with the Ohinemuri River running through its centre. The L&P café is a great place to stop for a bite to eat and to buy some L&P souvenirs. The Bullswool Farm Park in Paerora has animals for the children to meet and pet and, if you are in Paerora in February, check out the Coromandel’s answer to The Edinburgh Tattoo at their Highland Games and Tattoo at the Paerora Domain.
Te Aroha a rural town in the Thames Valley region of New Zealand. It is 53km northeast of Hamilton and 50 km south of Thames. The name 'Te Aroha' comes from the Māori word Aroha, where legend has it that Rāhiri climbed the mountain and saw his homeland in the distance and felt a sense of love (aroha) for it. The Waihou River runs through Te Aroha. Close by to the east is the base of the Kaimai Ranges, and the town is overlooked by the 952 metre Mount Te Aroha. In the late 19th century, Te Aroha was famed as a spa town. Thermal and mineral springs are both found close to the centre of the town, as is the world's only hot soda water geyser (Mokena)
COROMANDEL FAMILY ACCOMMODATION We've researched dozens of accommodation options for your family travel to New Zealand. Whether you're heading for a hotel, campground, holiday park, motel, holiday home, self catering apartments or kiwi farmstay, we list options that welcome famiiles. Check out our great 'family stuff' pages for heaps of extras offered by the accommodation on these pages. NOTE Where nightly rates have been specified, these are minimum prices based on accommodation for 2 adults plus one extra. Prices do vary, depending on the time of year, length of stay and seasonal offers. This is a guide only. All establishments recommend booking ahead. We advise you to personally contact establishments for up to date information to suit the accommodation needs of your family.
Coromandel Holiday Parks and Campgrounds
Coromandel Holiday Homes
Coromandel Bed and Breakfasts
- 389 Opoutere Road, Opoutere, Whangamata
- +64 7 865 9072
- +64 7 865 6172
- Nightly Rates From:
$80.00 per double room
YHA Opoutere is a historic converted schoolhouse overlooking a sheltered estuary with views of the ocean on the Coromandel Peninsula. Set in bush and gardens this homely Opoutere hostel offers peaceful and tranquil budget accommodation in a relaxed Coromandel hideaway. Accommodation includes shared rooms, a family room with double and two single beds, and a family cabin with double and two single beds, ensuite bathroom and verandah. Hostel facilities include a full kitchen, lounge, TV room, pool table, laundry, internet access and extras such as free kayak hire, free spades for playing on the beach, badminton, volleyball and a trampoline. ... more