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  • Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Duration:  12 hours (approx.)
Enjoy a small-group day trip out of Auckland and visit Coromandel Peninsula, with its stunning landscapes of rugged mountain terrain nestled against idyllic beaches. Take a train ride through native kauri forest for panoramic views over the Hauraki Gulf. Enjoy lunch at a local café and take a dip in a thermal pool on Hot Water Beach.


  • Full-day small-group 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

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Coromandel Peninsula Day Trip from Auckland

Driving Creek Railway

The Coromandel Peninsula is renowned for its beautiful white- and golden-sand beaches, rugged mountain terrain and pristine rain forest.  First discovered by two great navigators, Kupe and Cook, the area is popular among locals and tourists alike.

This morning, travel to the Coromandel township and the home of Barry Brickell, a potter, engineer and conservationist. Ride the train that Barry built through replanted native kauri forest, over viaducts and through tunnels as it climbs up the mountain to the viewing station. From here you will have panoramic views over the island-dotted Hauraki Gulf.

Then take a guided walk through the pristine rain forest to view some of the magnificent kauri trees which once covered the peninsula. Next, travel across the mountain divide and down to the beach, and enjoy lunch at a local café. After lunch, wander along the aptly named Hot Water Beach, and take a dip in one of the naturally occurring thermal pools in the sand or dig your own!.

At the end of the day, visit the famous Cathedral Cove and see where the Pacific Ocean washes through a natural arch.

Please note: The walk down to the arch is over uneven surfaces and dependent on weather conditions

Customer Reviews

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.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this March 2013

The peninsula was beautiful but we booked this tour principally to dig in the sand and bathe in the hot water springs. It was very obvious that the driver did not want us to do this said his spade was still brand new. Surprise surprise we ran out of time. we did see the Cathedral rock but it was too strenuous for three of our bus load. I certainly only spent a few minutes down there before commencing the climb back up as I did not want to hold the others up. I feel strongly that these issues were not mentioned in your description. The bus driver was very polite but we did not want to hear either his life story or his singing. Very disappointing trip unlike the one the previous day to The bay of Islands where we had a fantastic driver who went out of his way to make sure everyone was catered for and told us many interesting facts about the area. Did not learn much on the Coramandel tour at all.

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