Day trip

From Auckland: Small Group Coromandel Peninsula Day Tour

4.8 / 5

9 reviews

Activity provider: Bush and Beach

From Auckland: Small Group Coromandel Peninsula Day Tour

Activity provider: Bush and Beach
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From US$ 262 per person

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Explore the Coromandel Peninsula, known for its beautiful mountainous landscapes, sheltered bays, and stunning coastlines. Visit charming towns, dig your own hot tub on the beach and see beautiful beaches.

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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup from inner city Auckland accommodation included. Please advise where you are staying so you can be given a pickup time. Please be waiting in the lobby 5 minutes prior to the pickup time.
Small group
Limited to 12 participants


  • Ride on Driving Creek Railway through beautiful native forest
  • Dig a hole at Hot Water Beach and sit in your own hot tub in the sand
  • Hug an 800 year old kauri tree
  • See the beautiful Cathedral Cove
  • Take in stunning panoramic views of the Hauraki Gulf
Full description
First, enjoy the 90-minute drive to the charming town of Thames, where you will take a short break. Then, hit the road again and take in the spectacular views along New Zealand’s west coast. You will then stop in at the Coromandel Township where the renowned potter, Barry Brickell, had his studio. Ride on his personally designed mountain railway system, on a memorable journey through the rugged landscape. Next, stop for a quiet stroll in pristine rainforest and see some magnificent kauri trees, which once covered the Coromandel Peninsula. The journey continues across the mountain divide and descends towards the east coast beaches where you will stop for lunch. Visit the amazing Hot Water Beach, where hot water bubbles to the surface of the sand. Dig your own hot tub right next to the lapping waves.   Then, visit Cathedral Cove, where the water washes through a natural arch onto a white sandy beach backed by white cliffs. Next, take the 30-minute downhill walk to the beautiful beach, which was featured in the Chronicles of Narnia.   End the day enjoy the landscape during the return journey to Auckland, as you head over the hills along a different route.
  • Innercity Auckland accommodation pickup and drop-off
  • Driving Creek Railway entry
  • Cafe lunch
  • Hot Water Beach
  • Cathedral Cove (subject to guide discretion)
  • Light refreshments
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with motion sickness

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Outdoor clothing

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility.
  • This tour requires a minimum of 2 passengers. If you are traveling alone you can join others who have booked the tour. Please mention this at the time of booking.
  • Visiting Cathedral Cove is up to the discretion of the guide. It is an approximately 3 KM walk with stairs.
  • Digging in the sand for hot water at Hot Water Beach is tide dependent. You will be informed if the date of travel is a 'bad tide day' at time of booking. There are 2 x 3 day periods each month where the tides are a bit tricky.
  • This tour travels along some winding roads. If you have motion sickness please make sure to prepare appropriately.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 9 reviews

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This was a wonderful excursion! The sites were absolutely breathtaking and there were plenty of photo stops and potty breaks to break up the trip. TONY is the best!! Such a wonderful tour guide and personable human being altogether. The tour guides we had with our Bush & Beach excursions were easily the best and one of the most memorable parts of our trip - definitely recommend booking with them for anything you can :)

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June 27, 2022

incredible way to get out of Auckland CBD and learn and see about the native bushes and beaches

November 16, 2022

Fantastic trip

November 3, 2022

Product ID: 252902