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Small-Group Coromandel Peninsula Day Trip from Auckland

Auckland Central, New Zealand
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Visit the Coromandel Peninsula — renowned for its idyllic beaches, rugged terrain and pristine rainforest — on this day trip from Auckland. 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
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 10-15 minute 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. There is over an hour of walking up and down steep inclines, please be prepared.) 

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

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This was a good tour overall to get...
Becky T
, Jun 2018
This was a good tour overall to get a taste of the Coromandel. If I could do it again, I would skip the Driving Creek Railway and allow for more time at Cathedral Cove. Our tour guide was nice and he took us to the Hot Water beaches in time to experience them and later to a great place for lunch. However, if I ever return, I'll probably do it without a tour, so as not to be on a time crunch. The return journey was along a beautiful scenic beach route and it would have been more enjoyable if we weren't flying to get back to Auckland by a certain time.
This was our favorite tour during...
, May 2018
This was our favorite tour during our stay in North Island Museum. We had a very informative guide who made us feel very comfortable and relaxed. We got to see many lambs, green pastures, and views of the rugged coastline. My wife and I especially enjoyed Cathedral Cove and the adjoining beach--the scenery is absolutely stunning. We stopped by the forest for an antique train ride, which was interesting but not the best use of our time. Another great spot was Hot Water Beach. Mini tubes of lava lie beneath the sand, and mini pools of hot water collect on the beach, giving many families and couples their own private jacuzzis. I would say the highlights were the hike down to Cathedral Cove and the free time we had to swim in the Tasman Sea/Pacific Ocean.
The two beaches we visited were...
, Mar 2018
The two beaches we visited were quite amazing. Cathedral Caves beach is visually stunning with sandstone formations and caves along the beach. The Hot Water beach was really unusual. On approximately 100 feet of beach you can dig into the sand and hot water bubbles up creating these lovely warm spaces to soak in. Unique and fun....
Fantastic day in the coromandel...
Julie-ann Z
, Dec 2017
Fantastic day in the coromandel.... made even better by our very knowledgeable tour guide/driver Alexander! Every place was different and the views amazing. Loved the railway trip especially. Also had good alternative option for us given we couldnt do cathedral cove too steep in way back up. Got to enjoy the views and the beach. Packed a lot in, small van comfort was 3xcrllent and the slightly higher price than others was totally worth it. Lunch was also excellent at hot beach cafe!
A very long day but we saw so much...
Karen M
, Oct 2017
A very long day but we saw so much that it was well worth it. Options were available for those of us who had mobility issues and that was definitely appreciated. The Coromandel is gorgeous!
It was amazing trip , so much to see...
Dmitri I
, Aug 2017
It was amazing trip , so much to see with excellent tour guy, enjoyed every moment of it and look forward to take it again.
The vendor on this trip was Bush and...
Neal F
, May 2017
The vendor on this trip was Bush and Beach. Best tour of the several that we took with Viatour. There were 8 of us and that led a lot of chatting about experiences. Driver was friendly and drew each person into the conversation. He was very knowledgeable about the area and the history and the plants and animals in the area. GREAT stop for lunch-best meal I had on our 30 day trip to Australia and NZ. I had an issue with one of the hikes due to sore foot and he found me and my husband an alternative that was close to the water but not as strenuous as the other hike. I enjoyed talking to the tour leader about climate change and what NZ was doing to conserve their environment.
I'm a Narnia Fan and so this tour...
Sabrina M
, Feb 2017
I'm a Narnia Fan and so this tour was a must-do for me. I visited the Coromandel Peninsula mid-February and it was a rainy and cloudy day. The schedule for the day is tidal-dependant. The train journey was nice and at the top there was a lookout platform, not much walking involved. The whole experience lasted about one hour. The sky started to clear up and the weather was beautiful. Instead taking us to the Cathedral Cove right away to make use of the nice weather, we stopped at an unspectacular waterfall and went for a lovely 10-min stroll through a Kauri forest. We then had lunch and by the time we've finished lunch it was raining again. I felt bumped because the Cathedral Cove on a rainy and dark day is not the same as on a nice one. However, the only good thing is, not too many people went there, so it was less crowded. Cathedral Cove is definitely a must-see place in New Zealand!! I wouldn't have minded to spend the whole day only at Cathedral Cove but we had 1 h 15 min including 30 min walking distance from the car park each way to get a feeling for the place. It was too little time and I felt extremely rushed. Last stop was Hot Water Beach and two boys in my group dug a hole. The water temperature ranged from cold over lukewarm to scalding hot. The guide made up for the lack of time at Cathedral Cove thanks to his informative and interesting commentary otherwise I think I would only have given three stars. I have no idea where the money went for this tour. In my opinion it is highly overpriced and I think there are many cheaper offers to get to Coromandel than this.
One word. SEAN. This tour has a lot...
Mackenzie B
, Nov 2016
One word. SEAN. This tour has a lot of driving, but it's absolutely worth it. A crazy train, a hot spring beach, fantastic lunch and some stops in little towns that you'd never seen on a bigger tour. This includes some of the best views I've ever experienced and Sean is so knowledgeable about any and everything New Zealand. He made the tour. I can't say that I've ever had such a pleasant, intelligent and thoughtful tour guide in all of my travels. What a beautiful country and wonderful tour... ask Sean to stop at the pig farm so that you can pat the pigs!
It was a good tour, but if you have...
, Jun 2016
It was a good tour, but if you have the time, I would recommend spending more than a day in Coromandel because there is so much to see and do. Warren was a very good guide, but it was just a long time spent in the van.

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