The Coromandel region, across the water from Auckland, stretches from the shorebird coast on the western edge of Hauraki Gulf, across the rural plains to the narrow coastland of the Coromandel peninsula.
Here, pohutukawa tree-lined coves and sheltered beaches are surrounded by hills covered in green rainforest. It’s a natural wonderland, ready and waiting for outdoor adventures and experiences.
Easily accessed from Auckland, the Coromandel is a popular weekend and holiday destination. For visitors, the region offers an unspoilt environment, away from the crowds but only slightly off the beaten track. Along the 400 kilometres (250 miles) of coastline, unspoilt beaches offer idyllic settings for lazy holidays or more energetic marine-based sports and experiences.
Walking tracks that trace the valleys and inclines of the Coromandel’s interior rainforests also tell stories of gold-mining and kauri logging.
Seafood is a specialty of the Coromandel region, where oysters, mussels, scallops and other foods are grown and harvested sustainably offshore.