The Coromandel peninsula is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the North Island of New Zealand, thanks to its proximity to Auckland, the stunning beaches, the lush native kauri forest and more. The peninsula is located in the Waikato region, north of Bay of Plenty forming a natural barrier for the Hauraki gulf both from the Firth of the Thames and the Pacific Ocean. Due to the rugged topography of the peninsula (it is bordered by the Coromandel Range on the south and Moehau Range in Northern Coromandel) much of it is isolated and uninhabited. In fact, only five towns in the area have a population of more than a 1000 people: Coromandel town, Whitianga, Thames, Tairua, and Whangamata. The peninsula was named after HMS Coromandel, a ship of the Royal Navy that stopped at Coromandel Harbour to purchase kauri spars.
The Coromandel has so much to offer, it’s hard to pick just a few highlights you should definitely not miss on your tour. The Odyssey Traveller North Island small group tour spends a few days doing a tour of Coromandel. This tour is offered to senior and mature travellers who like to travel with up to 12 like-minded people, keen to learn and use the services of our knowledgeable tour leaders and expert local guides. With that educational focus in mind, we arrive to the little town of Coromandel (famous for the Driving Creek Railway, New Zealand’s steepest railway) by ferry from Auckland, spend time in the Gold Discovery Centre of Waihi and other magical places before moving further south after our Coromandel tour to Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty.