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THE COROMANDEL

THE COROMANDEL

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he Whitianga town centre is a relaxed haven with plenty to see and do. The palm-lined white-sand beach is just down the road and you can explore the area’s artistic offerings, such as bone carvings, and visit artists’ studios, while the kids will love interacting with animals at the farm park. On the harbour side of the town centre, cruises, diving trips and glass-bottom boat adventures depart regularly. For a tropical island experience Coromandel-style, head to The Lost Spring in central

Whitianga where you can relax in the stunning man-made lagoon and have a luxuriant massage or body treatment. At the end of the day, dine out in style – Salt Restaurant and Bar, Poivre & Sel and Blue Ginger are all recommends.

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een for a hot soak? How about in the soothing sand on the seashore? Hot Water Beach, around 8km from Hahei, is one of New Zealand’s most fascinating and popular natural wonders. Here, for two hours either side of low tide during normal sea conditions, dig your own spa pool as water from hot springs seeps up through the sands. Take a spade to help with the digging, or hire one from the beachside shop. Surfers will love it for its renowned waves, but only strong swimmers should surf here as the currents can be dangerous.

Whitianga & Surrounds

You can take a short ride on a passenger ferry from Whitianga to Ferry Landing where you can walk to Cooks Beach via Front Bay and Flaxmill Bay (this will take about 40 minutes each way), or alternatively catch a shuttle.

WHANGAMATA whanga (harbour), mata (obsidian) • 29km N of Waihi on SH 25

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LIFE’S A BEACH Hahei’s picture-perfect beach is flanked by rocky headlands and sheltered by Mahurangi Island, with bright blue water great for swimming, snorkelling and diving. Another drawcard is Te Whanganui-a-Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve. Access to the majestic archway is by foot, boat or kayak. Life really is a beach in Whangamata – get set for sun, sand and surf! Idyllically located, Whangamata is a beach resort combining rainforest with a spectacular beach that boasts some of the best surf breaks, yet safest swimming, in New Zealand. Whitianga. RIGHT: Hot Water Beach BOTH © Destination Coromandel

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The nearby crescent-shaped Onemana and white-sand Opoutere beaches are two other glistening gem. Further south, Waihi Beach offers brilliant coastal walks and the 128ha headland reserve of Bowentown at its southern end harbouring secluded beaches and historic sites.

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