Join our small group tour to explore the Coromandel Peninsula – a favourite holiday destination for many New Zealanders. This Coromandel tour from Auckland includes the famous Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove. The tour includes stunning white sand beaches on the east and sheltered bays on the west. Spend the day with your experienced guide finding out about the best that the Coromandel Peninsula has to offer. We use small comfortable vehicles for this day tour and limit the group sizes so you are guaranteed a small group tour experience.
A 90-minute drive from Auckland is the historic township of Thames. From there the spectacular western coast road leads you to Coromandel township where the famous New Zealand potter, Barry Brickell, had his studio. Visit Driving Creek Railway and ride his personally designed and built mountain railway through the rugged landscape and regenerating native forest. The views across the forest and harbour from the top are stunning.
Your Coromandel tour continues across the peninsula and descends towards the east coast beaches where you enjoy a kiwi-style picnic lunch at a scenic location.
We visit Hot Water Beach where you can dig your own hot tub right beside the lapping waves. This is one of the only places in the world where naturally geothermal heated fresh water bubbles up onto a beach!
A short drive away is Cathedral Cove, where the Pacific Ocean washes through a natural arch onto a white sandy beach backed by white cliffs. This stunning location was used for the filming of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. There is a half hour downhill walk to the beach which means the walk back is uphill. A moderate walking ability is required. On our way back towards Auckland we stop to view some magnificent 600 year old Kauri trees.
This Coromandel Day Tour is packed with things to do. The order that we do things in can vary depending on the tides at Hot Water Beach – we want to make sure we are there at the best time to get to the hot water.
“This was a fantastic tour, one of our most memorable experiences!” Trip Advisor review 2018
If you just want to visit Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove then we can organise a tour for you – see the details here.
* moderate level of walking ability required and shoes with a good grip are advised
** access to Hot Water Beach is tide dependent
This tour does not run over winter – we restart on 1st October. If you want to travel before this date we need a minimum of 4 people – give us a call.
Note – a minimum of 2 people are required for this tour to run
Child price for ages 5-11. Due to the winding roads, this tour is not appropriate for young children.
If you want to do this as a private tour you can find out more here.
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