Cathedral Cove Self Guided Walk:
From Cathedral Cove you can access Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve as well as Gemstone Bay, Stingray Bay and Mare's Leg Cove for a self-guided walk. Cathedral Cove is so named because of the natural rock arch joining it to Mare's Leg Cove. In time, this arch will collapse to form an offshore stack such as Te Hoho Rock at the northern end of Cathedral Cove. The track is located near the small village of Hahei. From Hahei shops take the signposted road to the lookout carpark. The track will take two hours roundtrip from the carpark.
Sunrise & Sunset Kayaking Tour:
Enjoy an amazing Hahei sunrise or sunset from the peace and quiet of a sea kayak. The tranquility of a calming ocean paddle as you watch the sky turn different shades of yellow and orange is invigorating and unforgettable. Relax and enjoy - life is good! Available Dec, Jan, Feb only. No previous kayaking experience necessary.
Hot Water Beach:
An underground river of hot water flows from the interior of the earth to the surface in the Pacific Ocean at Hot Water Beach – a long beautiful white beach located between Tairua and Whitianga. During the two hours on either side of low tide visitors flock to the usually deserted Hot Water Beach to find hot water bubbling through the golden sand. You can bring a spade or shovel and dig your very own spa pool in the sand to lie back in and relax while the steam from the hot pool envelops you. With the ebb and flow of the tide each individually created hot pool is washed away clearing the way for the next visitors.
Driving Creek Railway:
Driving Creek Railway (3km out of Coromandel Town) is a 3km narrow gauge railway line which takes in tunnels, spirals, reversing points and viaducts. This innovatively designed, hand-built train provides comfortable open sided rides for all ages through re-planted native kauri. Originally built to bring clay and pine wood fuel down to the potteries, the line has taken 25 years and much hard labour to build. Hear the fascinating story of one mans dream. The panoramic views from the top are simply stunning! Also visit the sculpture garden, book and craft shop. Be sure to pre-book, this is a very popular attraction.
Cathedral Cove Classic - Half Day Tour:
Paddle through sea caves, interact with the local marine life and discover the thrill of kayak sailing with the wind on your back. To top it off we land at Cathedral Cove where you will be treated to our world famous cappuccinos and hot chocolates on the beach! Rated by New Zealand's leading tour companies as one of the best sea kayaking trips in the country. Full day kayaking tours also available. No previous kayaking experience necessary.
Hauraki Rail Trail:
Enjoy an easy self-guided ride on the Hauraki Rail Trail through the Karangahake Gorge to Paeroa return (approx. 8 miles each way). This is considered one of the most picturesque parts of trail offering spectacular gorge scenery – the bush, cliffs and the dynamic river below. Carved through solid rock, the 1.1Km Karangahake Rail tunnels are a labyrinth of glow worm lit historic mining tunnels. The Karangahake Gorge, one of the “fourteen wonders of New Zealand” and packed with gold mining history. Ride through the tunnels, stop for short walks and enjoy a picnic lunch along the way. The Hauraki Rail Trail is all Grade 1 (easiest) making it suitable for riders of all ages and abilities. The trail is wide and smooth with gentle gradients.