Coromandel Getaway 2024

5-11 April 2024

Discover the endless coastlines and sandy coves, the rugged volcanic landscapes and native forests of this scenic region, along with many unique and quirky attractions. A relaxed tour that you will love.

Day 1

Friday 05 April - Travelling to Rotorua

We meet at our favourite café in Sanson this morning, with transfers from surrounding areas. Morning tea gives us a chance to mix and mingle, catching up with friends and welcoming new ones. Following morning tea, we travel through to Taihape for our lunch (own choice and cost) before continuing our travels through to our destination Rotorua. We dine in tonight at our hotel.

Day 2

Saturday 06 April - A Tranquil Garden and an Iconic Rail Journey (Rotorua to Coromandel)

This morning, as we make our way to the Coromandel Peninsula, we stop for morning tea (Tranzit style) in the delightful township of Te Aroha, nestled under sacred Mount Te Aroha. Continuing our journey through to the historic gold town of Thames, we stop here for lunch (own cost) before making our way to Rapaura Watergarden, a tranquil spot in a sheltered valley. We can take a leisurely wander around this garden of regional significance and enjoy a longer walk to a cascading waterfall - The Seven Stairs to Heaven.

Travelling up the Firth of Thames coastline this afternoon to the town of Coromandel, we’ll head to Driving Creek Railway and Pottery. An amazing feat of engineering, this little railway was designed and built by the late Barry Brickell to transport clay down the hillside for his potting business and has since become a tourist attraction not to be missed. Checking in to our motel, we dine out tonight at a popular local restaurant.

Day 3

Sunday 07 April - Bays Bush and Birds - Coromandel Peninsula

Today we enjoy the benefits of a local guide as we explore the northern part of the peninsula. We enjoy morning tea at Colville, before continuing up to Port Charles to explore a couple of beautiful bays in this area. Keep your eye out for the endangered NZ dotterel. Lunch today is at Tangiaro Kiwi Retreat (included), a hidden spot nestled in native bush. Birdsong, trickling water and a gentle breeze rustling the trees are the only sounds to be heard. We return to Coromandel later this afternoon for some rest and relaxation at our own leisure, dining out once more at a local restaurant this evening.

Day 4

Monday 08 April - The 309 Road and Heading to Whitianga

This morning we meander up the “309 Road” to explore several worthy attractions. Up this peaceful valley is a fine stand of mature kauri trees and a picturesque waterfall, both well worth the short walk to reach them. We will have our morning tea before we move on to The Waterworks – a fabulous playground of quirky mechanisms for adults and children alike and set amongst charming gardens. Lunch (included) is provided at the Waterworks Café before we depart for Whitianga. This afternoon we wind our way over the Te Rerenga Saddle and enjoy a wander at Whangapoua Beach before dropping down into Mercury Bay, and the delightful seaside town of Whitianga. Here we stay for the next two nights in motels a five minute walk to the beach. We dine out tonight at a local restaurant.

Day 5

Tuesday 09 April - Cathedral Cove Hot Water Beach and Hahei

This and tomorrow morning we will dine out for breakfast at a popular café. After breakfast we board the Mercury Star for a boat cruise along this spectacular coastline. Cathedral Cove is one of the highlights of the cruise, but there is more dramatic coastline to discover, pristine sandy beaches, islands, Orua Sea Cave and magnificent volcanic rock stacks. (NB: this excursion is weather and sea dependant - we have an alternative harbour cruise should the weather prove unsuitable). On our return we have some free time to explore the village of Whitianga, enjoy lunch (own choice and cost), and perhaps take a short ferry ride across the harbour where several rewarding walks or a beach stroll awaits you. This afternoon we board our coach and make our way to Cathedral Cove Macadamias for a tour and a chance to sample some of these delectable nuts followed by afternoon tea. We can take a stroll on Hot Water Beach, before we make our way back to Whitianga, with time to freshen up before dining out again this evening at another local restaurant.

Day 6

Wednesday 10 April - A Heart of Gold - Whitianga to Rotorua

Departing Whitianga today our travels take us through the popular holiday towns of Tairua with its twin dormant volcanoes and Whangamata, a popular surf beach. Moving on we travel through to the historic gold mining town of Waihi, the town with a “heart of gold” – a working gold mine literally in the centre of the town. Our time here starts with a visit to the Gold Discovery Centre where we get to rattle the drill, crank the handles, push the plunger and become immersed in this highly entertaining and interactive museum experience. We then take a walk across the road to learn about the Cornish pumphouse, a landmark historic building in the town, which also provides views of the mine pit. Then we’ll grab a bite of lunch (own cost and choice) before we continue our travels to Rotorua. We enjoy relaxed dining inhouse this evening.

Day 7

Thursday 11 April - Homeward Bound

Homeward bound today, we make our way south, with a morning tea stop on the shores of Lake Taupo, and our lunch stop at Taihape (own cost), arriving back in Sanson in time to meet connecting transfers vehicles returning us to our home locations.

The cost of the tour includes

  • Accommodation
  • 2 course or buffet dinners
  • Continental or cooked Breakfasts
  • Morning teas on travelling days
  • All coach travel
  • Rapaura Watergardens, Tapu: entry
  • Driving Creek Railway, Coromandel: train ride
  • Coromandel Peninsula and Port Charles: tour with local tour guide
  • Tangiaro Retreat: lunch
  • The Waterworks, Coromandel, entry and lunch
  • Mercury Star, Whitianga: Cathedral Cove boat cruise
  • Cathedral Cove Macadamias: tour
  • Gold Discovery Centre, Waihi: museum entry and tour

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Thank you Ali for your professionalism as our tour guide, Steve and I both enjoyed the tour very much. - Pearl, Travel Club Member