Small-Group Coromandel Peninsula Day Trip from Auckland - Reviews

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Julie-ann Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 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!

Karen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 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!

Dmitri I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 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.

Neal F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

O passeio é bastante longo, mas não é cansativo, porque o guia que nos acompanhou foi muito educado, acolhedor. Era profundo conhecedor do trajeto, e nos deu informações sobre as formações geológicas, sobre a história do local, com diversas paradas ao longo do percurso para fotografias. Coromandel é um dos lugares mais bonitos da Nova Zelândia! A Cathedral Cove é LINDA! Sensacional o passeio!

Mackenzie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 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!

Vikram N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

This is a great tour for nature lovers and as such I would call this an eco tour Our group turned out to be small just me and my wife. Our guide Tony was phenomenal, and very knowledgable. He knew the local flora and fauna in and out. The whole Coromandel Peninsula was stunning. Its one of the most beautiful places in the world. Our trip included an visit to rain forest where we hiked to a few 2000 yr old native Kauri trees. Along the way Tony kept us entertained by talking about a variety of subjects like nature, history, people of NZ etc. Lunch was @ a beautiful restaurant near hot water beach. Lunch was delicious and fresh. Hot water beach is unique in the fact that it has hot water spring on the beach. Its unique and has to be experienced. Overall this trip is highly recommended.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

Most wonderful guide and very relaxing day. Treck down to Cathedral Cove is a must, albeit a bit strenuous.

Barbara R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

The guide was very nice and courteous. The restaurant Hot Waves Cafe we had lunch was marvellous as well.


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!

Katharine H

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!

Annette B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2015

Fantastic day. Informative guide. Beautiful scenery.

Fred J USA

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.

Richard L

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.

Carli R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2012

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

Sabrina M

4 star rating: Recommended
February 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.

Aris United States of ... 

4 star rating: Recommended
February 2015

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


3 star rating: Worth doing
June 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.

Jim H

3 star rating: Worth doing
February 2013


Nancy A. C

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.

Sheila W

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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