The Mussel Kitchen
Only from 5 minute drive or 20 minute cycle: Situated on the corner of the 309 Road & State Highway 25, the Mussel Kitchen is the perfect place to sample the freshest Coromandel Greenlip Mussels as they are harvested daily from the family's Mussel Farms in the Hauraki Gulf. With an intriguing and inventive menu of flavoursome mussel dishes and vegetarian options, sun soaked garden bar and cool shaded areas you can relax and take in the sea view. Open 7 days Ph 07-866-7245 www.musselkitchen.co.nz
Cost: As per menu
Coromandel Stamper Battery
Only 5 minutes drive from Coromandel TOP 10. Educational and insightful, Ashleys stamper battery tours showcase a 100 year old water powered wheel which powers the stamper battery - used in the Gold Mining days back in the 1900's. Fully functional, you will see Ashley start the battery up and marvel as you watch it begin to work! Pan for gold in the river and walk inside to see the geological display.
360 Buffalo Road, Coromandel Town ph 07-866-8758
Coromandel town Wild pigs on the 309
Only 10 minute drive or 30 minute cycle ride from Coromandel TOP 10 (7km). Famous throughout the region Stuart lives 3kms along the 309 Road. His place is home to over 100 wild pigs, peacocks and an assortment of other animals. In the 1930's there was a quarry and also a school house on his land. Take some food with you and feed the pigs . . . and don't forget your camera!
Coromandel Horse Riding
Only 30 minute drive from Coromandel TOP 10. Colville Farm Holidays/White Star Station is on a 1,260 hectare sheep and cattle farm, 30 minutes drive north of Coromandel Town. With horse treks to suit any level of experience, it is a great way to enjoy the beautiful landscape and surrounds of the Northern Coromandel. Treks from 1hr , 1.5, 2, 3 and 5 hour treks. Walk, trot or canter along the grassy flats and up the hills. View the streams meandering through the valley with Mount Moehau in the distance. Ride amongst the grazing sheep and cattle. Ride through small areas of bush with many native and introduced birds. For more experienced riders, there are longer treks to a beach on the west coast of the Coromandel Peninsula. On the way you will get spectacular views of the Hauraki Gulf islands. Your guides on all treks will provide commentary on the local history, geography, flora and fauna. 2140 Colville Road, RD4, Colville Ph 07 866 6820 www.colvillefarmholidays.co.nz
Coromandel Barge Snapper Safaris
4 hours of fishing magic. Fish the mussel farms, see the mussel barges working, awesome scenery. Great family fun. Enjoy the fabulous fishing amongst the mussel farms. See the harvesting barges in action, working the myriad of mussel farms in and around Coromandel Harbour and enjoy our awesome scenery at the same time. 250 Lillis Lane, Coromandel Town Ph 07 866 7667 http://www.musselbargesafaris.co.nz/
Cost: $50.00 adult $25.00 child
Coromandel Discovery Tours
Door to Door pick up and delivery. Taking you up the magnificent pohutukawa fringed coastal road to the remote and rugged northern Coromandel, Coromandel Discovery picks you up from your accommodation at 8.30 in the morning. There is a full commentary on the Maori and European history, geology and ecology and the views are breathtaking! You then embark on a 10km (3-4 hour) walk, and are met with refreshments and taken back to Coromandel Town. Just a magic day! Full day tour - 8.30 - 5pm (approx.)
Minimum price $220, 3 or more adults $95 each, school-age children $65, under 5 years free.)
Contact: 07-866-8175 www.coromandeldiscovery.co.nz
or contact the i-SITE Team to help plan your tour 07-866-8598
- Coastal Walkway Tour
- The 309 Road, Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach
- Private Shuttles also available
Cost: $95.00 per adult / $65.00 per child
Door to Door pick up and delivery: Coromandel Adventures is a dynamic transport company based in historic Coromandel Town operating buses, shuttles, tours and airport transfers. Specialising in delivering the best of the Coromandel by providing versatile transport solutions and activity packages. Coromandel Adventures willingness to host any sized groups and customise tours to suit, ensures a personal and enjoyable experience for everyone. Whether you choose to explore the prolonged beauty and remote landscapes of the Northern Coromandel, with it's DOC camps, coastal walks and spectacular scenery, or wish to experience the highlights of Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach, this is an amazing area you simply must see and experience. Let us do the driving, so you can relax, enjoy the scenery and arrive at your destination safely.
As the Coromandel managers and agents for the 360 Discovery Auckland-Coromandel Ferry service, Coromandel Adventures provides a comprehensive range of packages and tours that fit in with the ferry schedule.
Two of the most popular day trips:
Beach Express - Coromandel Adventure's Big Day Out over to the eastern coast to Hahei, Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach. We have spades available, so you can enjoy the thermal delights on offer and sink into your very own beach spa! This trip provides the opportunities to participate in a selection of the activities on offer such as Cathedral Cove Kayaking, the Glass Bottom Boat, local vineyards, walks, local arts and thermal pools. Most popular day trip!
Northern Escape - A coastal road trip through majestic groves of ancient Pohutukawa and on to Cape Colville at the very tip of the peninsula with it's spectacular remote coastlines and views to Great Barrier Island. Enjoy relaxing with a picnic and refreshments, a swim at Fletcher Bay or walk the Muriwai Track at the very tip of the peninsula to the historic pa site and down to Port Jackson. Highly recommended!
Bookings Essencial / Contact: 0800 GO CORO (0800 46 26 76) / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / www.coromandeladventures.co.nz
Cost: prices vary
See the Coromandel in all its glory . . . by Helicopter for an experience you will never forget! Choose from a range of flight options: Luxury Scenic Flights, Adventure Flights, Heli Sport, Heli Fishing and much more.
Contact: Jeremy Mitchell
Base Pilot / Instructor Mobile 027 4672643 / Email email@example.com
Shamus Howard Director, Flight Instructor/Examiner / Mobile 027 2427837 / Email firstname.lastname@example.org://www.coromandelhelicopters.co.nz/
Driving Creek Railway
Only 5 min drive from Coromandel TOP 10. A 1 hour round trip on NZ’s only narrow gauge mountain railway features superb views, magnificent engineering, unique art features and replanted native kauri forest.
Location: 380 Driving Creek Road Contact: 07 866 8703
Cost: 25.00 per adult
Pepper Tree Resturant (Award winning)
Only 3 minute walk from Coromandel TOP 10: Majestically situated in the heart of Coromandel Town, the Pepper Tree offers an extensive menu, including fresh local seafood & modern N.Z cuisine. Enjoy the sun-soaked courtyard & shaded verandas over the summer months, and sit cozy by the fire during the winter. A fully licensed restaurant and bar offering comprehensive lunch and dinner menus. Suitable for weddings and private functions. 31 Kapanga Road ph 07-866-8211 Email: email@example.com
Cost: As per menu
New Chums Beach
Only 15 minutes drive from Coromandel TOP 10.
How to get there? Well is it a bit of a local secret . . but we'll let you in on it -
Cross the stream at the northern end of Whangapoua Beach and follow the rocky foreshore around to the headland. There is a track that takes you over the saddle and down into New Chums Beach through a wonderful grove of nikau and pohutukawa. If your lucky you will have the beach to yourself.
Note: you can get access to New Chums beach regardless of the tide. You will not get blocked in however you might get a little bit wet if you choose to cross at high tide. You may have read about this beach in the Lonely Planet Guide which named it one of the Top 20 must see beaches in New Zealand.
Kauri Grove Walk
15 minute drive or 40 minute cycle: At 7.9km along the 309 Road, the Kauri Grove is a wonderful place to visit. This spectacular group of Kauri trees feature 13 massive specimens and twin Kauri all viewed up close and personal. The 10 minute easy walking track starts on the opposite side of the road at the car park. It takes you through lush forest to the Kauri trees on a well formed gravel track with footbridges and board walks around the trees and in places along the track. Highly recommended. Approx 15 minutes return
Castle Rock Walk - Coromandel town
15 minute drive to carpark or 35 minutes cycle: Castle Rock is located approx 9km south east of Coromandel Town on the 309 road. Castle Rock is the core of an old volcano that rises above the bush on the backbone of the Peninsula. Just past the Waterworks, turn left onto Castle Rock Road, drive a further 2.6kms to the foot of the mountain. A wooden sign on the right hand side of the road marks the track. This walk is steep in places and becomes very steep near the summit. Care is needed in wet & windy conditions. You are rewarded with fantastic views. Please Note:This is a forestry road and if logging activities are being carried out, vehicle access to the track may be restricted. Approx 8km from Town / 2hrs walk return
The Source Gallery and Local Art
The Source is a Local Artists Collective.
Recycled (where possible), Local, Hand Crafted Original Items of Beauty.
There is Sterling Silver Jewellery, Sculpture, Pottery, Hats, Clothing, Felted items, Flax Weaving, Whale Bone Toanga, Lamps, Hand Forged Iron Work and that's just in the shop – next door through the gates made of recycled metal items is the sculpture garden – go in – enjoy. As the artists manage their own stock – the display is ever changing. Chances are you’ll meet one of the artists working behind the counter!
Cost: free admission
School of Mines Museum
1 minute walk from Coromandel TOP 10 Holiday Park
Housed in the old School of Mines Building, the museum is a comprehensive and interesting village museum. It is staffed by volunteers from the Coromandel School of Mines & Historical Society Inc. Go on a unique journey through Coromandel's fascinating history and view a wealth of early photographs and intriguing artifacts.
Cost: small donation fee