The Coromandel Peninsula lies east of Auckland, on the other side of the Hauraki Gulf.Cathedral Cove, Coromandel

An impressive, heavily forested mountain range runs right up the middle of this peninsula - it's bordered on each side by kilometres of spectacular coachline. On the west coast, there's a never-ending parade of beaches, coves and harbours lined with pohutukawa trees (a red flowering native of New Zealand). The eastern side of the Coromandel is furnished with an amazing collection of white sand and surf beaches.

The Coromandel's fascinating history is evident in gold mining relics, logging dams and ancient Maori pa (fortified village) sites. The past can also be found in the charming colonial architecture and historical buildings preserved in several towns around the region.

The coastal nature of the Coromandel makes it a brilliant choice if you like to fish, surf, dive, swim or wander along beaches. For contrast you can head for the hills and hike the trails in the forest.

New Zealand’s Festivals – any excuse to celebrate

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Almost every day somewhere in New Zealand there will be a festival or public event occurring celebrating what we kiwi’s love. View them here.