Coromandel Caper
4 Day / 3 Night tour visiting all the best Coromandel holiday spots - Coromandel Town, Whitianga and Whangamata

The Peninsula is packed tight with great attractions and wonderful views – from the beauty of Rapaura Watergardens and Barry Brickell’s legacy, quirky Driving Creek railway to historic Coromandel township, the sandy eastern beaches and Miranda Shorebird Centre.

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Coromandel Caper
$1590.00 pp twin
$1990.00 pp single
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Day 1: Auckland - Thames - Rapaura Watergardens - Coromandel

Water feature and garden, Rapaura Watergardens

We depart Auckland and travel east to Thames where we visit the museum. We lunch at  the Trellis Tearoom at Rapaura Watergardens where you can wander 64 acres of native trees and lily ponds to a cascading waterfall.

Travelling further north along this picturesque coastline, we arrive at historic Coromandel where the town’s gold mining past is still visible today, beautifully restored buildings line the main street. We dine at Pepper Tree Restaurant.

What you'll love today
  • Historic and picturesque Thames
  • Lunch at lovely Rapaura Watergardens surrounded by Coromandel rainforest

Day 2: Coromandel - Whangapoua - Matarangi - Kuaotunu - Whitianga

Barry Brickells Railway - Coromandel Seniors Tour

Sit back as we explore the heart of the Peninsula. We visit Driving Creek Railway to ride the narrow gauge mountain railway train up through the bush to the pinnacle – the Eyefull Tower which lives up to its name – the views are magnificent.

Leaving the West Coast for the white, sandy East Coast beaches of Whangapoua, Matarangi and Kuaotunu. We stay on the Buffalo beachfront and you could visit the Lost Spring Geothermal hot pools (optional) before we dine in town tonight.

What you'll love today
  • At Barry Brickell’s Driving Creek Railway take a ride through the bush to the Eyefull Tower
  • Tour the beautiful beaches of the Coromandel East Coast

Day 3: Whitianga - Hahei - Hot Water Beach - Cooks Beach - Whangamata

Whangamata Harbour - Coromandel Seniors Tour

We check out the popular holiday spots of Hahei and Cook’s Beach and bathe our feet in the hot pools dug in the sand at Hot Water Beach. 

We stop at Mercury Bay lookout to admire the magnificent coastal views.

At Cathedral Cove Macadamias orchard Doug and Jillian Johnson take us on a guided tour before we drive south to Tairua and on to Whangamata and the Breakers Motel.

What you'll love today
  • Take in the panoramic views to the Mercury Islands from the lookout above Hahei
  • Hot Water Beach where natural thermal hot springs bubble up through the sand

Day 4: Whangamata - Waihi - Karangahake Gorge - Miranda - Auckland

Entrance to the Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre

After breakfast we check out Whangamata Beach and then Waihi and the Martha Mine where there is a clear view down to the open cast gold mine overlooked by the historic Cornish Pumphouse.

We continue through the dramatic Karangahake Gorge to lunch at The Falls Retreat. We drive along the Seabird Coast to meet our guide for our visit to the Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre and on to Clevedon before returning to Auckland.

What you'll love today
  • At Waihi view the Martha Mine site
  • Drive the dramatic Karangahake Gorge and along the Seabird Coast