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Coromandel Region


North Island, New Zealand

 
Cyclists Port Jackson, Northern Coromandel, North Island, New Zealand
Cyclists Port Jackson, Northern Coromandel, North Island, New Zealand

North of Colville, Northern Coromandel, North Island, New Zealand
North of Colville, Northern Coromandel, North Island, New Zealand

'309 Kauri Tree Grove' at 309 Road, Northern Coromandel, North Island, New Zealand
'309 Kauri Tree Grove' at 309 Road, Northern Coromandel, North Island, New Zealand

Port Charles, Northern Coromandel, North Island, New Zealand
Port Charles, Northern Coromandel, North Island, New Zealand

Port Charles, Coromandel Town, Colville & more - The Coromandel Region

Coromandel Town, the 309 Road and the fantastic coast of the northern tip of the peninsula

With its relaxed, laid-back lifestyle, Coromandel Town attracts talented artists and craftspeople from around the country – inspired not only by the tranquil atmosphere, but also by the spectacular natural surrounds. The town's special character with restored heritage architecture stems from the pioneering days of timber and gold make it a 'must-see' for all visitors.
The discovery of gold at Driving Creek in 1852 brought a boom to Coromandel Town, and the area has continued to flourish while retaining much of its history from those times. Colville Town, once the centre of the Kauri milling industry, is now a quiet country town serving the arts and farming communities.
Here are some attractions in/around Coromandel:
'Driving Creek Railway' (3 km north) which offers a 1-hour+ train ride on a world-class narrowgauge mountain railway, passing through kauri forest and great engineering marvels. The line climbs to the new terminus, the Eyefull Tower, with its stunning panoramic views. At the railway station a pottery shop with a wide variety of creative and working products can be found.
'Fishing & Harbour' Cruises of different length can be booked - information availabel at the visitor center.
The 'Gold Stamper Battery' shows a huge 104-year-old quartz stamper driven by NZ’s largest working water wheel. 'Waitati Gardens' is located right next to the Stamper Battery. This garden is the winner of a NZ Garden of Distinction Award with its beautiful layout. Just 0.5km up the road visit the Tairaire gardens with lake and picnic areas.
Several of NZ’s finest artists live around Coromandel Town district. Visit their studios or the several craft shops and galleries for which the town is becoming recognised. The Coromandel Peninsula Craft Trail brochure has more information.
For all types of activities in and around town visit the Coromandel Information Centre, 355 Kapanga Road, Coromandel.

The 309 Road
The small scenic road starts ca. 3 km south of the Coromandel Town Center and winds east to Whitianga. So drive from the town center 3 km south and then turn left (east). After ca. 4 km you will reach 'Waiau Waterworks' which is an entertaining theme park where whimsical wonders are driven by the power of water.
'Castle Rock' is what remained from a vulcano and can be accessed over a 2 km secondary road (No. 51 Forestry Road) which beginns right past 'Waiau Waterworks'. Turn left on this road and after 2 km you'll reach a parking lot. Hiking back and forth the steep path to the rock's top may take 2 hrs or more.
7.3 kms along the 309 Road and right beside the road is a beautiful bush glade where the Waiau Falls crash over a rock face into a pool below. There is access by tracks both upstream and downstream of the falls. A great spot for a swim.
After travelling ca. 8 kms on the 309 you will reach the '309 Kauri Tree Grove' which is a great spot to see these giant trees. Kauri are among the world's mightiest trees, growing to more than 50 metres tall, with trunk girths of up to 16 metres. They covered much of the top half of the North Island when the first people arrived around 1000 years ago. You'll find parking space on the right side of the road.
The walk (10-15 minutes) is on the left side of the road. These Kauris have been protected since before the turn of the century and are truly magnificent. The track is very well formed with footbridges and boardwalks, which take you close to the trees. An excellent walk for tree lovers.
More about Kauri Trees on our page: The Kauri Tree

How to start:
Go to the Visitor Center and get lots of information about the area and maps that let you easily find the best spots.
The Visitor Center is located at: 355 Kapanga Road, Coromandel Town



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