Coromandel Sights and Beaches
From $2,155 per person
Thursday 27 April – Monday 01 May 2023 (5 Days)
The Coromandel Peninsula is an area of beautiful golden sand beaches and magnificent native forests. Our five-day Coromandel tour incorporates some of the best sights and beaches of the area, including Driving Creek Railway, Matarangi, Buffalo Beach, Whitianga, Cathedral Cove, Hot Water Beach, and Whangamata, all while travelling at a leisurely and relaxed pace.
Day 1 Thursday 27 April 2023
JOURNEY TO COROMANDEL TOWN (D)
We begin our tour by travelling to Thames, where we will join the Pacific Coast Highway, which runs along the western coast of the Coromandel Peninsula. After morning tea we travel to Rapaura Water Gardens to experience the tranquil beauty of their native trees, orchids and irises, and a café available on site to purchase lunch (own cost). After lunch we continue our journey travelling to Coromandel Town along the scenic road which clings to the edge of the coast. We enjoy amazing views and a constant procession of beautiful beaches fringed with Pohutukawa trees. Formerly a goldmining and timber town, Coromandel Town is now a haven for artists and craftspeople. Arriving in the afternoon there will be time to explore the town before our group dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodation: Anchor Lodge, Coromandel Town – 1 night
Day 2 Friday 28 April 2023
COROMANDEL TOWN – WHITIANGA (BD)
Our day starts with a visit to Driving Creek Railway. We enjoy a scenic ride in this open sided train on its 3-km narrow gauge track with three tunnels, two spirals, five reversing points and six viaducts. Originally constructed to retrieve clay for the local potter Barry Brickell, it now provides a wonderful ride through the regenerating Coromandel native bush with a fantastic view at the mountain top (The Eyefull Tower!). Departing Coromandel Town, we take a scenic drive to Whitianga. Our first stop will be the small coastal settlement of Matarangi, a secluded sand spit that forms the northern edge of the Whangapoua Harbour. There will be time to stroll along the beach so bring your togs and enjoy a swim, or sit back and soak in the lovely ocean views. On arrival in Whitianga, there will be the option of walking along the shores of Buffalo Beach into the Town Centre. For those not wishing to walk along the beach, our driver will take us into the Town Centre where the remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. You may wish to soak up the underground thermal minerals at The Lost Spring (additional cost). Tonight, we will reconvene for a group dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodation: Beachside Resort, Whitianga – 2 nights
Day 3 Saturday 29 April 2023
CATHEDRAL COVE AND HOT WATER BEACH (BD)
This morning we travel to Hahei, where we admire the world-famous stunning scenery at Cathedral Cove. Accessible only on foot or by boat, the famous Cathedral Cove is one of the “must visit” sites in the Coromandel. Today we have the option of walking (45 minutes to 1 hour walk one way, 2.5-km) down to Cathedral Cove, past quintessential Coromandel scenery of pohutukawa trees and white sandy beaches. There are many beautiful places to explore along the way including Gemstone Bay and Stingray Bay. For those who do not wish to walk, we will ride the water taxi to Cathedral Cove. Travelling back to Hahei as a group onboard the water taxi (subject to the it operating). On arrival back in Hahei we will have time to purchase lunch (own cost) in the village before travelling to Hot Water Beach. Tides permitting, time will be available here for those wanting to bathe their feet in the warm water. We head to Cooks Beach where we have the option of catching the short ferry ride (own cost) back to Whitianga and walking back to our accommodation or travelling back via coach with the driver. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, we enjoy a group dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 4 Sunday 30 April 2023
WHITIANGA – WHANGAMATA (BD)
Today we depart Whitianga and travel south along the Pacific Coast Highway to Tairua, one of the best kept secrets of the Coromandel. We have time to browse the village, which offers charming taste of the laid-back coastal lifestyle with a nice mix of boutique shops. We travel the short distance to the settlement of Pauanui, a purpose-built holiday community, which lies across the harbour from Tairua, featuring the Pauanui Waterways, the country’s first canal housing development. We take a drive around the village before stopping for lunch (own cost) in the village centre. After lunch we continue driving along the Pacific Coast Highway to the popular beach resort town of Whangamata. Famous for its unique combination of beach and rainforest, Whangamata's amazing ocean beach provides some of the best surfing breaks, yet safest swimming in the country. We have time available here for an afternoon cuppa along the beachfront, before a browse through the local shops. Leaving behind the beach, we check into our accommodation for the evening. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant.
Accommodation: Palm Pacific Motel & Resort, Whangamata – 1 night
Day 5 Monday 01 May 2023
JOURNEY FROM WHANGAMATA (B)
On our final morning we travel to Waihi Beach to enjoy a lovely walk along the sandy shore. After our walk we have the opportunity to browse the local shops. We depart Waihi Beach, and head to our final stop in the Karangahake Gorge before arriving back in Hamilton in the early afternoon.
Located only 400 meters from the town centre, Anchor Lodge is the perfect place to enjoy you stay in Coromandel. There is a range of accommodation styles available to suite every need. The friendly team are ready to assist with advice for exploring the area.
Beachside Resort, Whitianga
Beachside Resort Whitianga offers contemporary motel accommodation and self-catering apartments featuring open plan living areas, private balconies and equipped kitchenettes. Most have awe-inspiring ocean views. Relax or take a short stroll to Whitianga’s town centre to experience an abundance of cafés, restaurants and boutique stores.
Palm Pacific Motel & Resort
Centrally located in the heart of Whangamata, Palm Pacific Resort & Motel is an apartment complex with excellent facilities. Spacious modern 2-bedroom apartments set on a hectare of tropical landscaped grounds. Whangamata is a small coastal town which has sufficient choices for shopping all within easy walking distance of each other and our infamous Whangamata surf beach.
- Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas - refer to further information available here
- 4 nights accommodation - twin/double rooms, all with private facilities (single rooms available with surcharge)
- Tour admissions as per itinerary
- Touring in modern air-conditioned vehicle
- Breakfasts (B), Lunches (L), Dinners (D) where indicated on your daily itinerary - 4x breakfasts, 4x dinners
- Roadside Morning Teas – where possible
- Entry to Rapaura Watergardens
- Driving Creek Railway Tour
Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)
|Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking||$200.00|
Discounts available for Travel Club Members - Please Enquire
Full balance of tour payment due by Thursday 16 March 2023
Book and pay in full by Wednesday 28 December 2022 and receive $100.00 discount per person!
Are door to door collections included on this tour? YES
Yes. Leisure Time Tours offers a free home collection and drop off service from selected Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua and most Auckland City areas. Our complimentary collections are based on your individual post code, other home collection locations available at an additional cost. Alternatively you may wish to meet us at our Hamilton depot in which case you can park your car in our secure yard free of charge for the duration of your holiday. For all tours that have a flight component, we can also offer door to door collections from Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin city areas.
Is the Guaranteed twin Share Price available on this tour? YES
Yes. Our Guaranteed Twin Share price is available for those passengers willing to share with another single traveller of the same gender. If there isn’t another passenger of the same gender to share with we GUARANTEE our twin share price. Leisure Times Tours accepts no responsibility for the compatibility of passengers travelling under this arrangement. If someone is not compatible with the person they have been matched up with, all additional costs incurred to assist with changing their shared room type to two single rooms will be at the expense of both travellers and will be subject to availability. Acceptance of a guaranteed twin share room is subject to the individual’s medical condition being suitable for this type of arrangement.
Please note that the guaranteed twin share pricing is not available to pre & post tour accommodation arrangements.
What fitness level is required for this tour? MODERATE LEVEL
To ensure that you select the right tour for you, we’ve developed a very clear set of fitness recommendations for our tours. These physical ratings clearly explain how much physical exertion is required to participate on each tour.
Level 1 – Easy
- Relaxed paced tour
- Be able to participate in guided or unguided small walking tours at a relaxed pace.
- Walk on mostly level ground
- Tackle an occasional flight of stairs
- Occasionally need to stand for up to 10 minutes
- Able to get on and off transportation unaided
Level 2 – Moderate
- Be able to participate in walking tours with time to rest at least every 10 minutes
- Stand for 15 minutes without needing to sit down
- Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
- Able to get on and off transportation unaided
- Walk confidently on bush tracks
Level 3 – Active
- Participate in walking tours without having to rest for up to 20 minutes
- Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs without stopping
- Stand for 30 minutes without needing to sit down
- Walk over uneven ground and walk through soft sand
- Able to get on and off transportation unaided
Will there be a daily seat rotation on this tour? YES
Passengers rotate seats in the coach daily so that all passengers have the opportunity to enjoy forward and window seating. All passengers are expected to participate as a booking condition.
Can you assist with pre & post tour accommodation? YES
Yes we can. Should you wish to arrive earlier or stay longer we can book in some pre and post tour accommodation for you. Please ask at the time of booking if you require this.
Is this tour a guaranteed departure? NO
This tour will be guaranteed once there are 10 passengers booked on the tour.
Are roadside morning teas included on our tours? YES
Yes. A point of difference is that wherever possible we offer our passengers roadside refreshments served from the coach. This gives all passengers the chance to mix and mingle over a hot cuppa allowing us to share our experiences as we journey together.
Do I need travel insurance?
Leisure Time Tours strongly advises all passengers to purchase a travel insurance policy. A comprehensive travel insurance policy may prevent you from spending extra money in case of an emergency and will help you feel protected during your holiday. We are agents for Cover More Travel Insurance. Ask us for a no obligation insurance quote today.
How much luggage can I bring?
Luggage is restricted to one suitcase and one small item of hand luggage per person. Baggage handling of one suitcase per person, at each hotel, is included in the trip price. Carry-on/hand luggage handling is the responsibility of each guest and all personal items must be taken off the coach by you each day of the trip.
What clothing should I pack?
When on tour, dress is generally relaxed and casual with an informal dress standard on most occasions. Casual wear is recommended for travelling with something a little more formal for evening dining. If taking part in outdoor activities, make sure you have a waterproof coat, comfortable footwear and dress in layers to help you adjust to any sudden changes in climate. Be prepared for New Zealand’s powerful sun, even on cold windy days, bringing a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.