The Coromandel is a scenic peninsula that sits out to the east of Auckland City making it a popular day trip for Aucklanders. It takes about an hour by car depending on where you want to go and is also accessible by yacht. Many ex Aucklanders wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of the city have also chosen to live here, with many people chosing to live an alternative lifestyle.
The main attractions of the Coromandel besides solitude and scenery, are the many fine beaches and scenic coastline that rate amongst the best in the country. Generally speaking, the east coast has the best swimming beaches including such gems as:Cathedral Cove, Whangamata Beach, Hahei Beach, Waihi Beach, Opoutere Beach, The Kuaotunu Coast, Matarangi Beach, Otama Beach, New Chums Beach, Buffalo Beach, Cooks Beach, Hand Whangamata. One notable beach called Hot Water Beach; has volcanic heat rising through the ground. Visitors can create their own spa pool by digging a hole in the sand and waiting for thermally heated water to filter through.
Inland the area consists of ancient extinct volcanoes that are covered in temperate rain forest and are ideal for walks and treks. The forests here contain the tallest fern trees in the world and the myriad of fern species here, gives the area a subtropical look and feel.
The biggest town in the Coromandel is Thames which has many leftover relics from older gold mines. Notable smaller towns include Coromandel, Whangamata, Waihi, and Tairua.