6 days / 5 nights
From NZ$2690 per person
    • Discover the Peninsula’s dramatic beauty and enjoy its special attractions. Stroll through Rapaura Watergardens, hop on the quirky Driving Creek railway, cruise to Cathedral Cove and paddle at Hot Water Beach.


      • Drive the spectacular coastal road along the Firth of Thames
      • Ride the Driving Creek Railway to the Eyefull Tower
      • Screen printer Pete Sephton is our guide in Coromande
      • Hear the Colville community's history from our local guide
      • Call into the stunning East Coast beaches
      • Cruise on the glass-bottom boat to Cathedral Cove
      • Warm your feet in the sands at Hot Water Beach
      • Visit Cathedral Cove Macadamia Orchard

      Departure Dates

      3 December 2023

      14 April 2024

    • Day 1:  Auckland - Thames - Coromandel
      A history guide joins our coach in Thames as we tour around this old gold town and visit the Museum. We lunch at Rapaura Watergardens and follow a pathway among lily ponds and native trees to a waterfall. In Coromandel we stay two nights at Anchor Lodge.

      Day 2:  Coromandel 
      At Driving Creek Railway ride the narrow gauge train up through the bush to the pinnacle - the Eyefull Tower. We lunch with Liz Cameron on the water’s edge then, with screen printing artist Pete Sephton as our guide, we tour the town’s historic buildings and artists’ studios

      Day 3:  Coromandel - Whitianga 
      We head over to Colville to hear the history of the landmark General Store run by the local community for 40 years. Then the East Coast golden sand beaches beckon - Whangapoua, Matarangi and Kuaotunu. We stay two nights at Admiralty Lodge, Whitianga.

      Day 4:  Whitianga 
      This morning, on a glass-bottomed boat, we cruise down the coastline from Whitianga to Cathedral Cove to see for ourselves why this beautiful Cove became a movie star. Returning to Whitianga, we stroll the beach and check out this fast growing centre.

      Day 5: Whitianga - Whangamata
      We call into the popular holiday spots of Hahei, Hot Water Beach and Cook’s Beach. In the orchard at Cathedral Cove Macadamias we meet Jillian and Doug Johnson and sample their products. Continuing south to Whangamata we stay at The Breakers Motel.

      Day 6: Whangamata - Auckland
      Take a stroll along Whangamata Beach and call into Waihi and the Martha Mine site. We drive through the Karangahake Gorge then meet our guide at the Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre on the Seabird Coast, returning through Clevedon to Auckland.

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