Escape the bustle of Auckland for a day on this convenient day trip to the Coromandel Peninsula. A variety of activities are included, to make the most of your time in this naturally beautiful area: hike to Cathedral Cove, swim in the crystal waters, climb Mount Paku, and dig your own spa bath at Hot Water Beach. All on a handy organized day trip.
This was fantastic. Beautiful scenery and loads of fun. Would highly recommend this tour. Learned a lot and the driver was extremely friendly and informative.
Excellent trio. Well worth the driving time
I had a hard time rating this tour. Our guide Clay is the nicest guy and would do anything for you. We had only 4 people and the small number was nice. The stops were great even if the weather was raining and lots of fog so we could not see anything from Mt Paku.. Clay showed us pictures of what the view was supposed to be like - lol. The rain stopped when we got to Hot Water Beach and Clay found a spot to dig our natural spa - be careful the deeper you dig the hotter the water gets. Next was Catherdral Cove - long walk to get to the beach but worth the view when you get there. The rain had stopped during our walk down and was clear when we got to the beaches and cove for beautiful views and pictures. We did get caught in a terrible rain storm on the way up and got soaked to the bone which was a bit uncomfortable while we ate lunch at the great cafe by Hot Water beach although it was terrribly busy even though we were there late due to the heavy rain. Clay felt so bad we had such awful weather and couldnt swim at either location he offered to take us to Hot Springs and pay himself - something although we all appreciated we turned down as by this time we just wanted to get home and out of our wet clothes. The reason for 4 stars instead of 5 was not for the weather as that is uncontrollable. The disappointment on the tour was the lack of information given. Clay stated he doesnt like to drive and talk and would give us information when we got to locations but got distracted with the other 2 people on our tour- 2 girls who had spent 3 months in Cambodia and Thailand- seeming more interested in swapping stories and getting information about their trip than giving information on our tour - that in itself sometimes made it feel more like he was just a driver and not a tour guide,
The views were fantastic, must be some of the best in NZ. Our guide and driver, Bones was excellent with great information and keeping us amused during the long day. Well worth it, dont miss out book it.
This was a great experience. All of the sites visited were amazing. You don't really get much of a guide during your experience though - Clay was not particularly expressive on the drive to the Coromandel Peninsula but was very friendly and helpful while not actively driving, and had to stay with the van for most of the stops as unattended van parking was not allowed.
Had a fantastic trip. The guide (sorry have totally forgotten his name) was very attentive throughout the day. He made sure we were all happy, he is a very personable guy, nothing was too much trouble. Highly recommend this trip
Collected by Clay a very pleasant and helpful young man. Almost on time, there are a lot of roadworks in Auckland at present. Our tour was operated by Kiwi tours. The van was a little jaded but clean and quite comfortable. There is quite a lot of walking involved getting to and from Cathedral cove and the path is well maintained but very steep in places. Not just one way but undulating. You do need good shoes to walk in. The walk to the top of Paxu hill is quite testing too. Throughly enjoyed this trip.
Excellent day with Kiwi Day Trips. Great to travel in a small group 8 driver Clay. Just a quick stop on way for coffee/breakfast...straight to Hot Water Beach where shovels were provided and Clay started off the digging in the approprate places for us to get a nice warm personal spa! Had plenty of time to experience this phenomenon and a dip in the sea...which was also warm...! Next Cathedral Cove, which was an up and downhill walk of about 30 mins each way...but it is well worth it. 2 gorgeous beaches connected by the cavenous hole in the cliff. Time for lots of photos and a swim...the water seemed a bit cooler here at first, but was fine in a couple of minutes...quite strong waves! On to lunch - Only disappointment was Hot Waves Cafe being closed, but we went on to a Holiday Park with micro-brewery and restaurant...which was fine. A very nice extra to alot of other tours was a trip up Mt Paku with views over Tairua Harbour and a short stop at a beach in Tairua to see Mt Paku from below too before return home.
The day was helped by the fabulous hot weather!!
Clay was at all times kind, helpful, attentive and gave clear instructions on timing etc. A new company that deserves to do well.
Thanks clay for making my last day in Auckland full of joy laugh and adventurous, thanks for all the information. I had a blast
Clay was our driver for the Coromandel Day Trip - Excellent guy! We first travelled to Hot Water Beach and enjoyed the long walks. Then, it was Cathedral Cove - what a natural wonder! Took around 30 mins to go down and around the same time to climb up. Clay took us to Hot Waves Cafe - had a nice lunch and got some souvenirs too! Mount Paaku was our last stop - Breathtaking views!
Good job, Clay!