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Touring Coromandel Peninsula

Mannering Park...
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Touring Coromandel Peninsula

We are doing a road trip on the North Island in November and heading north from Hobbiton. What is the best route to take around the Coramandel peninsula? Also, where would be the best place to spend a night or two along the way? We are travelling from Australia and have never seen this part of the North Island before.

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1. Re: Touring Coromandel Peninsula

To me the best and most scenic route is to drive north of Thames along the Thames Coast/SH25 to Coromandel Town for an overnight. Visit Driving Creek the following day, then continue along SH25 around to Whitianga and either stay the night or two in this town or a little further at Hahei - Cooks Beach or Hot Water Beach.

End your Coromandel tour by following Karangahake Gorge/SH2 from Waihi to Paeroa and on to Auckland. All of the Coromandel is scenic, and I also love the towns of Tairua and Whangamata, but if time is limited this plan will give you some of the highlights.

Dont be tempted to drive the 309 road believing that this will be a short cut over the ranges to Whitianga or Hahei. The unsealed road is not in a good state for general motorists, only for logging trucks and those locals who know every twist and turn and poor camber on this narrow and continuously winding road. There is seal as far inland as the Waterworks feature, so if you are especially keen to see the wild pigs just before the Waterworks, this length of road is sufficient.

Raupara watergardens just north of Thames, with a turnoff inland on the Tapu - Coroglen road is signposted and may interest you also. Thames is good for a lunchtime stop and look around this historic former gold-mining town.

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2. Re: Touring Coromandel Peninsula

Thank you, that is really helpful. Is Miranda worth a visit on the way back to Auckland? Also, Is Owharoa Falls easy to get to via your suggested route and would you recommend seeing it?

Palmerston North...
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3. Re: Touring Coromandel Peninsula

A couple of "small" points

The "drive north of Thames" is scenic when

the tide is "in" ( say 3 hours either side of high

tide) else on the left are very large mud flats.

The Owharoa falls are located about 500 m.

south of State Highway 2 in the Karangahake

Gorge over a bridge on Waitawheta Road.

The falls can be seen from the road & the pool

is about 5 minutes walk from the road.

Palmerston North...
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4. Re: Touring Coromandel Peninsula

Further to my reply 3.

If you are interested in gold mining

after crossing the Waitawheta Rd bridge

on the left / east take a metal drive to the

remains of the Victoria Battery.

There a a series of very interesting walks

from a car park at the small Karangahake

town - windows / take a torch and a loop

through an old 1006 m long railway tunnel

(lighted)

Mannering Park...
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5. Re: Touring Coromandel Peninsula

Thank you. We are also now looking at driving across to Piha. A friend said it doesn't compare to the East side. Is it worth the detour? We are then heading straight up to the Bay of Islands.

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