Only 10 minutes drive away (15km) is the famous Hot Water Beach. Listed in the "AA's" 101 Must-do Weekends get digging and lounge in the thermally heated salt water. For two hours either side of low tide at this Coromandel beach, a solid sand dig will unearth hot spring water to feed your very own beachside pool.This is also a fabulous surf beach. So, while you relax you can watch your surfing buddies challenge the sea. www.hotwaterbeach.co.nz
By car Hahei 12 mintues drive (18km) and is surely one of the most attractive places to be in New Zealand. The offshore islands provide protection for the beaches around Hahei. The waters offshore and the islands have been incorporated as a marine park and offer some excellent diving. Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve, Te Whanganui-A-Hei, covers 9 square kilometres and is New Zealand's sixth marine reserve. It is administered by the Department of Conservation. This site was chosen for a marine reserve because of the rich and varied habitats associated with the coastline and outlying islands. Reefs of hard rock, soft sediments, intricate caves and underwater arches provide homes for complex communities of plants, crustacea, moluscs and fish. www.hahei.co.nz
Whitianga is 20 minutes (21km) drive and is the main shopping centre for the area. Main supermarket and thriving busy coastal town with great restaurants, gift and apparel shops, as well as the expanse of Buffalo beach. A great sandy and very safe beach for children and families. Take a trip on the Ferry over to Ferry Landing, chill out at the Salt Bar or cruise the shops and cafes. www.whitianga.co.nz
For a great day trip, visit Coromandel Town. Great for lunch and a wander along the beach. Some lovely shopping and try out the little railway “Driving Creek Railway“– good fun for the kids! www.driving creekrailway.co.nz
The Coroglen Tavern is a few minutes drive (4km) and is a great country pub to visit for lunch, evening meal or just a quiet handle. The tavern is a popular concert venue, offers a great selection of food and also has an off licence. www.coroglentavern.com
Fun for the whole family no matter your age! The park like gardens and farm offer plenty of shade on those Coromandel hot days. Over 400 birds are on display to keep you entertained. Sing and dance with the crazy Cockatoos. Hold one of our Macaws...
"Beaches, Islands, Caves, Coves & Cappuccinos": 1/2 day eco tours run from Hahei beach, he, No experience necessary. Your safety is our priority. Phone bookings essential. "Simply the best tour I have ever done!" (Kristen, Hawaii)
Departing daily from the Whitianga wharf, explore the breath taking volcanic coastline, including the world famous CATHEDRAL COVE. See the stunning Champagne Bay plus a range of blow holes and sea caves.
SCUBA DIVING- SALES - GEAR HIRE Scuba Diving & Snorkelling Trips - both within and outside the Marine Reserve boundaries; quality tuition.
The Lost Spring is a unique thermal hot water and spa experience not to be missed. With its sculpted pools, soothing waterfalls, and smoking volcano, the Lost Spring offers more than simply a swim in hot water.