Premium Tours in the Coromandel
Take your Coromandel getaway to the next level by treating yourself and those you’re travelling with to these premium experiences. From lavish hot pools to scenic helicopter flights, there are many varied ways to experience the Coromandel. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, or “just because”, these are the top luxury activities in the Coromandel to experience in style.
1. Scuba Dive the Alderman or Mercury Islands
See a whole different side to the Coromandel that you won’t have seen in the guidebooks: the amazing underwater world. Join dive operators like Dive Zone Whitianga for a day at one of the many amazing dive sites and their marine reserves thriving with life. Popular trips are to the Mercury Islands, Te Whanganui A Hei (the marine reserve just off Cathedral Cove) and the Alderman Islands. The dive shop has all the gear to hire, so there’s no excuse! Check out more excellent scuba diving locations in the 11 Places to Scuba Dive in New Zealand.
Location: 10/12 Campbell Street, Whitianga
2. Do a Guided Walk of the Coromandel Coastal Walkway
Want to go anywhere in the Coromandel? Chances are, Coromandel Adventures can get you there. They can even get you to the remotest part of the region to embark on the stunning Coromandel Coastal Walkway. Learn about the fascinating history, wildlife and geology of the landscapes you travel through on your way to the 3-4-hour Coromandel Coastal Walkway. Once there, you have the option for a guided or self-guided experience of one of the Coromandel’s most stunning yet blissfully uncrowded walks. Check out Coromandel Adventures and their tours on Viator and Tripadvisor. Plus, see more walks in the 16 Awesome Hikes in The Coromandel.
Location: Pick-ups are available from Coromandel Town and Whitianga.
3. Try Your Luck on a Fishing Charter
Join the kingfish charter experts, Epic Adventures Fishing Charters, for a day out on the water tackling the Coromandel’s monsters. Try your luck at hitting a Yellow-tail Kingfish on their fishing charter from Whitianga. All the fishing gear is included, so all you need to bring is your A-game. The tour starts with collecting baitfish in Mercury Bay before heading out to the deep water to catch some Kingfish! Find out more about Epic Adventures Fishing Charters on Viator and Tripadvisor.
Location: 1153 Purangi Road, Ferry Landing or Whitianga Wharf, Esplanade, Whitianga.
4. Relax at The Lost Spring
The ultimate place to unwind on the Coromandel, The Lost Spring is a geothermal hot pool complex with a day spa, restaurant and more. Soak in the mineral-rich hot pools immersed in native bush with temperatures ranging 32°C to 41°C (90-106°F). On-site is also a day spa nestled in the treetops where you can indulge in a range of therapies. Complete the experience with locally-produced coffee, wine and beers, tapas or platters at the restaurant. See more amazing hot pools around the country in the 10 Damn Relaxing Hot Pools in New Zealand.
Location: 121A Cook Drive, Whitianga.
5. See the Coromandel on Horseback
Explore the rural farmlands and get off the beaten track on a horseback adventure in the Coromandel. Colville Farm Holidays, which also offers accommodation, provides one to five-hour treks through their farmland, native bush and to the hilltops of the west coast of the northern Coromandel Peninsula where you can enjoy views of the Hauraki Gulf. Alternatively, Wairakau Horse Treks offers lessons and horse treks for a range of abilities just outside of Whitianga.
Location: Colville Farm Holidays – 2140 Colville Road, RD 4, Coromandel and Wairakau Horse Treks – Kaimarama Road, Whitianga.
6. Cruise to Cathedral Cove
The famous Cathedral Cove is on the bucket list of many, but a special way to see it is from the water on a boat cruise. For instance, join Cave Cruzer for a small-group tour of the Coromandel’s most popular paradise. Cruise under towering cliffs, by Lonely Bay and Cathedral Cove. You’ll also get to go inside Cooks Blowhole and the Whale Cave to see some more of the amazing yet less-visited rock formations in the Coromandel. Find out more about Cave Cruzer on Viator and Tripadvisor.
Location: Whitianga Wharf, Esplanade, Whitianga.
7. Set Sail
Another more premium way to get out on the water is on a sailing cruise. Windborne Charters offers sailing trips on their 19m (62ft) topsail schooner, a characterful vessel built in 1928. Join them for one of their day trips around Mercury Bay, out to the Mercury Islands or for their sunset cruise. Alternatively, they are available for private charters should you want to plan something extra special. Another sailing option is with Boom! Sailing, offering relaxing sails around Merbury Bay on their catamaran yacht or even an America’s Cup-style foiling experience.
Location: Both tour companies depart from Whitianga.
[CLOSED] Take a Heli-tour to the Coromandel with a Beach Landing
A unique way to experience the sublime scenery of the Coromandel is via a helicopter tour. Departing from Tauranga, Aerius Helicopters offers a 40-minute experience flying over the Coromandel Coast. Enjoy aerial views of Whangamata Beach, Matakana Island’s beach, the Waihi Gold Mine and more. The experience also includes a beach landing on a secluded beach where you’ll be able to relax and stretch your legs.
Location: Trips depart from Hangar 8, 142 Aerodrome Road, Mount Maunganui. Pick-ups from Tauranga motels and hotels are also available.