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  • Location:Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration:12 hours (approx.)

Small-Group Coromandel Peninsula Day Trip from Auckland

Visit the Coromandel Peninsula — renowned for its idyllic beaches, rugged terrain and pristine rainforest — on this day trip from Auckland. You’ll ride a narrow gauge railway through a native kauri forest to a viewing platform where you’re rewarded with views over the Hauraki Gulf. Your professional guide takes you to Cathedral Cove and to soak in a thermal pool at Hot Water Beach. A cafe lunch plus round-trip hotel transport are included on this small-group tour, limited to nine people.


  • Full-day tour of Coromandel Peninsula
  • Ride the mountain railway to the viewing platform
  • Enjoy a café-style lunch
  • Take a guided walk through pristine rain forest
  • Dig your own hot pool at Hot Water Beach
  • See the natural formation of Cathedral Cove
  • Small-group tour limited to nine people ensures a personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Coromandel Peninsula Day Trip from Auckland

Driving Creek Railway

This small-group tour to the Coromandel Peninsula, first discovered by the great Polynesian navigator Kupe and later colonized by Captain Cook, begins with hotel pickup in Auckland. 

After the drive to Coromandel township, your first stop is Driving Creek Railway and Potteries, the former home of artist, conservationist and engineer Barry Brickell. From here, hop aboard New Zealand's only narrow-gauge mountain railway with your guide. 

The train journey takes you through tunnels and over viaducts through a replanted native kauri forest en route to a mountain-top viewing station where you’ll have a grand vista of the Hauraki Gulf. Disembark and follow your guide on a walk through the forest to learn about the kauri trees that once covered the Coromandel Peninsula. 

Following a drive across the mountain divide, you’ll descend down to Hot Water Beach. After lunch at a local cafe, meander along the shoreline and dig your own thermal pool to soak in the natural thermal springs that bubble up through the golden sand at low tide.

Finish your full-day tour at nearby Cathedral Cove, a must-see Coromandel destination where the Pacific Ocean washes through a cathedral-like arched cavern. (Please note: The walk down to the arch is over uneven surfaces and dependent on weather conditions.) 

Snap plenty of photos before rejoining the vehicle for return transport to Auckland and drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

What an amazing day!! Sean is one of the most knowledgeable people I ever met. We've learned a lot that day and saw stunning landscapes. Thank you very much, Sean. The trip was awesome!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Just wonderful! I have been staying in New Zealand for ten months and this was one of the highlights. Such a beautiful area of the world, and Dawn was a brilliant guide too!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Fantastic day. Informative guide. Beautiful scenery.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Loved everything about the day trip!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

an absolutely fantastic day and a truly amazing place. I was only in NZ for one day, but I am hooked and I want to go back and see the rest of the country. The Coromandel was one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Our guide, Sean, was absolutely brilliant - he made the day truly memorable. He worked really hard to make sure everyone had a great day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

Very knowledgable tour guide,did everything and more to make sure we all had a great tour.Went to more destinations than we thought we were.
Well worth the cost.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

It was a perfect day and our tour guide was INCREDIBLE!

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4 star rating: Recommended February 2015

Good tour of Coromandel and Cathedral cave. Spent more time driving than expected.

3 star rating: Worth doing February 2013


2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better March 2015

Plan to spend a lot of time in the van with twists and hairpin turns along the shoreline road. There were a few occasions where we experienced more of the local entertainment/events like the Bricker's train ride in the mountains complete with his art complex there.
The beach hot "tub" event was not to be due to "the high tides". It seems the van does not reach the beach until it is too late to experience the warm/hot spring fed beach area. Other than the train ride and a few quick photo stops, it was disappointing. A tiresome day.

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