Bay of Islands & Coromandel things to do

Bay of Islands & Coromandel
Kawiti Caves

Travel to the island of Kawakawa in The Bay of Islands to discover a subterranean cave complex filled with glow worms, stalactites and stalagmites. Tours are led by the ancestors of Ngati Hine chief Kawiti – a Maori chief that fought against the British at Ruapekapeka Pa during New Zealand’s first war.

Bay of Islands & Coromandel
Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve

Also known as Te Whanganui-A-Hei, Cathedral Cove is one of Coromandel Peninsula’s most beautiful sites. With its remarkable gigantic stone arc and natural waterfall shower, this is an amazing place to watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. It's a 30 to 40 minute walk from the car park or you can get here by boat.

Bay of Islands & Coromandel
Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach is an essential part of any trip to Coromandel Peninsula. At this beach, thermal waters bubble just below the surface at low tide so you can easily dig your own natural jacuzzi. It’s a fantastic treat after hiking the nearby mountains, or to warm up on rainy or cold days.

Bay of Islands & Coromandel
Gold Discovery Centre

Learn about the Coromandel Peninsula’s history at the Gold Discovery Centre in Waihi. The museum’s interactive exhibits tells the story of the local people who worked these gold mines and the events that unfolded. Waihi is still a working gold mine and you can tour the facilities to get an understanding of the process.

Bay of Islands & Coromandel
Urupukapuka Island

As the largest island in The Bay of Islands, Urupukapuka has plenty to offer. You can sunbathe on world-class beaches, kayak hidden coves, or snorkel coral reefs in tranquil waters. This is also one of the best locations to learn about Maori culture and participate in traditional workshops. From Urupukapuka, you can also catch ferries to the other islands.

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