Driving Creek Railway is a popular attraction just 3km from Coromandel township

Coromandel Town

With early beginnings as a wild colonial gold rush settlement, Coromandel Town is known for its charming mix of Victorian architecture, beaches & forests.

Coromandel Town is full of history from New Zealand's early gold mining and logging days. Set on a natural harbour, the town was named after the ship H. M. S Coromandel, which called here in 1820 to collect kauri logs to make spars for the British Royal Navy.

A gold strike in the late 1860s saw the town's population shoot up to 10,000. Although the serious mining days are over, the town has New Zealand’s last fully functional stamper battery - still on its original site and working on a daily basis.

These days, Coromandel Town is a quiet, charming settlement and an artists' haven. As well as galleries and craft shops showcasing the local talent, Coromandel has many restored Victorian buildings, a narrow gauge mountain railway and a small mining museum. With a variety of accommodation, activities and eateries, the town makes a great base for local beach and forest explorations. Don't miss checking out the local potters' creations as well as a ride through forest-clad mountains on the Driving Creek Railway.

A great way to reach Coromandel Town is via passenger ferry from Auckland City. The passage takes two hours each way, and you'll cruise past many of the Hauraki Gulf's islands en route.

To the south, a track off 309 Road leads to a popular swimming hole surrounded by beautiful native forest. Further up the road, another trail takes you to a grove of large kauri - one of the original stands on the peninsula. The grove contains two ancient kauri trees that are fused together towards the base.

Back in the town, a path next to 356 Wharf Rd leads you to the beginning of the Kauri Block Walk. The trail leads up to an old Maori pa (fortress) site, which provides spectacular 360-degree views of the Coromandel Ranges, offshore islands and the township. The trail then continues along a ridge through regenerating forest and native plantings until it emerges at Harbour View Road. This walk offers a taste of both Maori and pakeha heritage.

North of Coromandel Town, a walking track in the Papa Aroha Scenic Reserve meanders through a typical coastal native forest of puriri, kohekohe and pohutukawa before emerging onto an attractive swimming beach.

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Abbey Court Motel - Accommodation in Coromandel New Zealand
9.50 135 Reviews
Coromandel
0800422239
We combine modern design, double glazed windows and warm stone block walls with a touch of tradition. Abbey Court Motel was built in December 2009 and is one of the peninsulas most modern motels. The two storey motel built behind the vicarage offers a quiet stay, set back from the road in ... (more)
Admirals Arms Hotel - Accommodation in Coromandel New Zealand
Coromandel
078668623
The Admirals Arms Hotel is a fully refurbished historic hotel built 1872 and situated in the coastal town of Coromandel, which is well known for its sea fishing and artists. Relaxed family atmosphere, fabulous garden bar. Bistro meals available all day. TAB/games in bar. We offer you an up... (more)
Anchor Lodge Motel - Accommodation in Coromandel New Zealand
8.90 407 Reviews
Coromandel
078667992
Just a 5-minute walk from the heart of Coromandel, Anchor Lodge Motel boasts a heated outdoor pool and a hot spa pool. All rooms feature bush or sea views, a satellite LCD TV and a DVD player. Anchor Lodge Motor Inn is a 5-minute drive from Driving Creek Railway. It is within a 1-hour d... (more)
Anglers Lodge Motel & Holiday Park - Accommodation in Amodeo Bay New Zealand
9.60 21 Reviews
Amodeo Bay
078668584
Nestled in a beautiful sheltered valley surrounded by native bush & ancient Pohutukawa’s, Anglers Lodge Motel & Holiday Park is 17km north of Coromandel Town. Relax in a self-contained motel, tourist cabin, or set up camp & enjoy sea and island views and spectacular sunsets. A stream borde... (more)
Buffalo Lodge - Accommodation in Coromandel New Zealand
9.80 58 Reviews
Coromandel Town, Coromandel
078668960
A country retreat that has lifted the standard for homestays (it won the New Zealand tourism Award for Best Homestay in 1996), Buffalo Lodge provides a friendly, intimate and soothing atmosphere that enables you to feel immediately relaxed and at home. The lodge offers a tranquil sanctu... (more)
Colville Bay Motel & Motorcamp - Accommodation in Colville New Zealand
Colville
078666814
The ideal spot for an overnight stop or a relaxing holiday... Situated adjacent to Colville Bay, and just 28km north of Coromandel, we offer a quiet setting with spacious grounds and well-presented gardens. Colville Bay Motel & Motor Camp is the most northerly motel on the Coromandel Pe... (more)
Coromandel Apartments - Accommodation in Coromandel New Zealand
9.30 99 Reviews
Coromandel
078668803
Centrally located in the historic Coromandel Township, Coromandel Apartments offer self-contained accommodation with a full kitchen and a patio. Free parking and free Wi-Fi access are provided.The modern apartments feature stylish furnishings, top quality linen and a leather sleeper sofa. ... (more)
Coromandel Colonial Cottages Motel - Accommodation in Coromandel New Zealand
9.20 97 Reviews
Coromandel
0508222688
Coromandel Town's best kept secret - unique, individual, colonial style cottages in quiet, peaceful garden surroundings with bush views.Spacious 1 & 2 bedroom fully self contained cottages with rear carport parking.Facilities include WiFi, solar heated swimming pool (Summer), children's pl... (more)
Coromandel Court Motel - Accommodation in Coromandel New Zealand
9.10 130 Reviews
Coromandel Town, Coromandel
078668402
Our motel is located in a tranquil setting, with a pretty garden of shade trees with outdoor tables and chairs. All units are at ground level with verandas and with courtyard parking in front of the units.5 studios and 5 x 2-bedroom apartments - double bedrooms with king-size and/or single... (more)
Coromandel TOP 10 Holiday Park & Motels - Accommodation in Coromandel New Zealand
8.40 206 Reviews
Coromandel
0800521068
Nestled in a world of outdoor adventure, Coromandel Town is one of the 101 must dos for Kiwis. Coromandel Holiday Park is set in 3.5 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds with views of the native Coromandel Ranges, centrally located to allow you to explore the many natural gems of the Co... (more)
Coromandel Tui Lodge - Accommodation in Coromandel New Zealand
8.60 34 Reviews
Coromandel
078668237
We welcome our guests to come and discover the unspoiled Coromandel Peninsula. Make this your base; we offer a friendly relaxed setting amidst trees and gardens with a large gazebo for guests to enjoy. Lots of outdoor tables and seatings, BBQs, plus a trampoline and hammocks for your enjoy... (more)
Driving Creek Villas - Accommodation in Coromandel New Zealand
9.60 91 Reviews
Top Town, Coromandel
078667755
Featuring a hot tub, barbecue facilities and a private patio overlooking the native gardens, Driving Creek Villas are just 5 minutes’ drive from Oamaru Bay. The property offers free Wi-Fi, free bicycle rental and a free shuttle service to Coromandel Ferry Terminal.Driving Creek Villas Coro... (more)
Harbour View Motel - Accommodation in Coromandel New Zealand
9.00 387 Reviews
Coromandel
078668690
Harbour View Motel features rooms with panoramic harbour views from a private covered deck, it offers free bike and kayak rentals, free on-site parking and free Wi-Fi access. It is a 5-minute drive from Driving Creek Railway, the famouss 309 Road and The Water Works.The heated guest rooms ... (more)
Hush Boutique Accommodation - Accommodation in Coromandel New Zealand
9.80 36 Reviews
Coromandel
078667771
Hush is a total escape where you can slow down and relax.Choose from 4 boutique studios, the s/c Hush House or the s/c Hush Petite Unit. Located 5min drive from Coromandel town in a stunning native bush setting Hush offers a private and peaceful escape. Hush provides a year round outdoor e... (more)
Indigo Bush Studios - Accommodation in Coromandel New Zealand
8.90 54 Reviews
Coromandel
078667388
Indigo Bush Studios is located just outside of Coromandel Town, an hour’s drive from Whitianga. It features modern, open-plan accommodation with a fully equipped kitchen. Free parking and free Wi-Fi access are provided.The apartments feature a private entrance and are decorated with carefu... (more)
Jacaranda Lodge - Accommodation in Preece Point New Zealand
9.70 127 Reviews
Coromandel RD1, Preece Point
078668002
Jacaranda Lodge is world famouss for its breakfasts, its friendly host & its relaxed, country environment.Your host Robin, enjoys spending time with guests over leisurely breakfasts which are entirely home-made using produce from Jacaranda's own gardens.The bedrooms are large and sunny & h... (more)
Long Bay Motor Camp & Cabins - Accommodation in Coromandel New Zealand
Coromandel
078668720
Long Bay Motor Camp is an idyllic piece of paradise nestled on the foreshore of Coromandel Town, gateway to amazing fishing and water sports. Long Bay accommodation ranges from five freestanding 6 berth cabins with own kitchen, three joined 6 berth cabins with shared deck and barbeque a... (more)
Oamaru Bay Tourist Park - Accommodation in Coromandel New Zealand
Coromandel
078667588
Oamaru Bay Tourist Park is located 6.5km from Coromandel Town. Free Wi-Fi access is available in this holiday park.The accommodation will provide you with a flat-screen tv and a patio.There is a full kitchenette with a microwave and a refrigerator. The private bathroom has a shower. You ca... (more)
Papa Aroha Holiday Park - Accommodation in Amodeo Bay New Zealand
9.00 11 Reviews
Amodeo Bay
078668818
Located in the North of the Coromandel Peninsula, Papa Aroha Holiday Park specialises in family holidays, boating and fishing, located right on the beachfront with superb sea and island views. With accommodation ranging from unpowered sites, powered sites through to cabins and motel uni... (more)
Shelly Beach Top 10 Holiday Park - Accommodation in Coromandel New Zealand
8.80 30 Reviews
Coromandel
0800521066
Shelly Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park is in a beachfront location 5km north of Coromandel and 2km to scenic railway. It is a Qualmark 4-star plus Holiday Park.It has a studio beachfront motel, 1&2brm park motels, kitchen cabin plus 12-room quality budget lodge sleeps 4/room; suitable for groups... (more)
Tangiaro Kiwi Retreat - Accommodation in Port Charles New Zealand
8.80 42 Reviews
RD 4, Port Charles
078666614
Nestled below the misty summit of Mount Moehau on New Zealand's remote bush clad Coromandel Peninsula, lies pristine Tangiaro Valley. Situated amongst beautiful native New Zealand bush in Port Charles - 1 hour drive North of Coromandel Town - with Tangiaro stream flowing through it, Tangia... (more)
Tidewater Motel & Tourist Park - Accommodation in Coromandel New Zealand
Coromandel
078668888
6 individual ground-floor motel units (2 sleep 6, 2 sleep 5, 2 sleep 2). Twin/double and dormitory rooms, tent & power sites. Situated 270m from town with spacious landscaped grounds, fishing and boat facilities.Fishing charter trips arranged.Group bookings.Fully covered BBQ area.Spit roas... (more)
Waimana Spa - Accommodation in Manaia New Zealand
Manaia
078668971
An Oasis of Tranquility. Enjoy pristine views of mountain, forest & sea from a choice of self-contained cottage or ensuite studio. Relax in our hot pool & rejuvenate with a therapeutic massage. Bush walks, swimming pool, petanque complete a romantic getaway or spa weekend. Extra cabins all... (more)
Why Worry Motel - Accommodation in Wyuna Bay New Zealand
8.60 43 Reviews
Wyuna Bay
078668224
Why Worry Motel is situated between the mountains and the sea of the Coromandel Peninsula. It is close to renowned saltwater fishing and a number of outdoor activities. Guests can relax by the outdoor spa pool. All of the spacious, refurbished rooms have a balcony and a private BBQ. An ... (more)
Wyuna Bay Waterfront Studio Apartment - Accommodation in Wyuna Bay New Zealand
9.90 65 Reviews
Wyuna Bay
Located in the stunning Wyuna Bay of Coromandel Town, you won't get much closer to the beach than this property! Literally step out of bed onto the beach or alternatively enjoy the stunning harbour views from the comfort of your private deck if you prefer - the possibilities are endless... (more)
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