This mountainous peninsular is criss-crossed with walking trails and has some of the best white-sand beaches in the country.
The Coromandel is a historically significant region of New Zealand - the setting of some of the earliest Polynesian settlements. In the 19th century a population rush happened as settlers came in search of gold, as well as the timber from the towering Kauri trees.
These days, the peninsula is now safeguarded as a nature reserve and 34% of the land is under the protection of the Department of Conservation.
The town of Thames is an ideal starting point for exploring this region. The surrounding Kauaeranga Valley is rich in history and natural beauty and there is so much to explore.
But if it’s golden beaches you’re after, head instead to the northern and eastern shorelines, facing the ocean. This area is also known as a creative hub, with many local artists showcasing their work in local studios and galleries. Add in the remarkable natural hot springs of Hot Water Beach and you have one of the most interesting regions of New Zealand to explore.