|With off-shore islands, coastal farm parks and
sandy beaches, bush-clad hills,
valleys and sub-alpine areas, the
Coromandel Peninsula caters for almost every recreational interest.
photo courtesy Johansen
Much of the Coromandel Peninsulas treasury of natural and historic features, native plants
and wildlife is entrusted to the Department of Conservation for care and management.
The Department's Maori name - Te Papa Atawhai - refers to the national treasure
chest in need of care and protection.
Visitors to the Coromandel Peninsula will appreciate these priceless assets as places to
be experienced and enjoyed now, just as they have been in the past. But, they must also be
looked after and protected for generations to come.
Stop awhile, take the time to embrace a range of outdoor experiences on land and seascape
protected for conservation - perhaps:-
- a wander in the regenerating kauri forests of the
peninsula's volcanic hills.
- a barefoot stroll along secluded beaches, coves and
protected coasts of the region.
- snorkeling or diving
beneath the sea around the coast, or in the fully protected marine reserve at Hahei.
- delve into the rich human history of the region - both Maori
and the 19th century pioneers, at interpreted sites.
Peninsula offers a huge variety of conservation destinations for visitors and locals alike
to explore and enjoy. Majestic kauri, unspoiled beaches, relics of the logging and mining
era, exciting tramping tracks, easy walks, clear rivers
and protected marine environments are all easily accessible and an essential part of the
Coromandel Peninsula experience.
There are many walking and tramping opportunities in the Coromandel Peninsula, from easy
short walks to half day, full day and overnight trips. The Pinnacles Hut is a comfortable
place to stay on the historic Kauri Trail. Tickets must be booked in advance from the
Kauaeranga Valley Visitor Centre.
For a taste of the Coromandel Peninsula's long and colourful past take a trip through the
Karangahake Gorge, follow the walkway along the old train track, call into the Visitor
Centre and explore the Victoria Battery site.
Waiau Falls, located seven kilometres along the 309 Road,
are well worth visiting. Nearby a short, easy walk takes you to a beautiful grove of kauri
- one of the few patches of original forest left in the Coromandel Peninsula.
The Department of Conservation manages 15 campgrounds around the Coromandel Peninsula:
five in the north, eight in the Kauaeranga, one in the Wentworth Valley and one at Broken Hills.
They have basic facilities only. Over the busy summer period bookings may be essential.
Hot Water Beach - Photo