8 Great Reasons to Visit Coromandel Town:
Coromandel Town offers beautiful scenery, and restored heritage architecture stemming from the pioneering days of timber and gold. It’s also an easy place to get around with a wide array of modern shops and eateries and attractions with smiling, friendly locals offering great service and amenities.
Cafes, Bars, Restaurants and Takeaways will entice any visitor with a variety of cuisine to choose from, such as locally smoked fish or mussel chowder. Maybe hook into some takeaway fish and chips or try some Coromandel-style Thai dishes; also don’t forget to grab a plate of good pub grub or experience a fine dining restaurant where your taste buds are sure to be tickled.
Driving Creek Railway is just three kilometres north of the township. This is a remarkable 65-minute train ride on a world-class narrow gauge mountain railway passing through kauri forest that includes a number of great engineering marvels. The line climbs to the terminus named, the ‘Eyefull Tower,’ which present some stunning panoramic views. www.drivingcreekrailway.co.nz
Gold Stamper Battery is just two kilometres north of the township. Take the family to visit the huge 110-year-old quartz stamper driven by New Zealand’s largest working waterwheel and after you’ve finish let the kids prospect for some gold. www.coromandelstamperbattery.weebly.com
Fishing and Harbour Cruises are one of the best day’s out you’ll get with family and friends when visiting Coromandel town. There are several choices for half-day or full day excursions that should fill the ice chest for the rest of your trip. P: 07 866 8598
Waiau Waterworks is 8.7 km out of town heading east on 309 Rd. This is a highly entertaining theme park where whimsical wonders are driven by the power of water. Just two kilometers further up the road visit the 1,200 year-old kauri tree grove. www.thewaterworks.co.nz
Waitati Gardens are right next to the Stamper Battery. This garden is a past winner of a NZ Garden of Distinction Award with its beautiful layout, or just travel 0.5 km further up the road where you’ll find Tairaire Gardens that has a lake and picnic areas. P: 07 866 8658
Arts and Crafts are well represented around the Coromandel Town district, so make time to see some of the artist studios or the several craft shops and galleries for which the town is becoming increasingly recognised. The Coromandel Peninsula Craft Trail brochure has more information on each artist. P: 07 866 8598