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Coromandel Peninsula Region Major Towns

Coromandel Town

This historic township has many restored Victorian buildings and has become a haven for conservationists, craftspeople and alternative lifestylers. Local attractions include a narrow gauge mountain railway, mining museum and the Coromandel Coastal Walkway.

Go hunting for bargains in the many arts and crafts shops in town.
Take a cruise on the harbour, or an overland cruise. Visit the Waiau Waterworks – an great theme park.

Thames

Built on the pioneering industries of gold mining and kauri logging, the town of Thames has an appealing, historic main street. History is still alive in the hotels, buildings and museums of the area.

Enjoy a gold-mining experience and try your hand at gold panning.
Thames has two museums – the Thames Historical Museum and the School of Mines. The Thames market is held every Saturday morning – shop for arts and crafts.

Whangamata

Few beach destinations are more popular during summer than Whangamata. It wonderfully combines all the ingredients for a great holiday – beautiful scenery, thriving township, big surf breaks and safe swimming beaches.

Go shopping in one of the finest shopping districts on the peninsula.
Relax and enjoy the good cuisine at any of the wonderful cafe's and restaurants. Explore the nearby beaches of Opoutere, Onemana and Whiritoa.

Whitianga

Whitianga is an attractive town with a deepwater harbour. For many years, it was a leading timber port, loading sailing ships for Norway, Sweden, France, Italy and Great Britain.

Take a big-game fishing charter to target marlin, tuna and shark!
Enjoy a day at the quiet Buffalo Beach – named after a ship that was wrecked here in 1840. Catch the shuttle to Cooks Beach, Hahei, Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove.