COROMANDEL PENINSULA - 1 day tour
Thames, Coromandel, Driving Creek Railway, Hot Water Beach, kauri trees, Cathedral Cove. Lunch included. Pickup and return Auckland inner city hotels.
After pickup from your inner city accommodation travel south and across the Bombay Hills and east over the Hauraki Plains to the town of Thames, scene of a major gold rush from 1860 to 1920.
Drive up the Pohutukawa Coast, a blaze of red when the Pohutukawas are in bloom late December - mid January, to the town of Coromandel which also figured large in the early extraction of gold and kauri timber
Enjoy a ride on the "Driving Creek Railway" to the "Eyefull Tower" through revegetating native forest and marvel at the fulfillment of the dream of Barry Brickell, potter, environmentalist, and railway enthusiast.
Cross the Peninsula and you have the opportunity to hug a 'baby' kauri, a mere 400 years old.
Continue to Hahei where you have the opportunity for a ninety minute hike to Cathedral Cove and back.
Also visit Hotwater Beach where 2 hours either side of low tide you can 'dig your own' hot bath in the sand before returning to Auckland.
A cafe lunch is included today.
Please note: Cathedral Cove walk is 90 minutes and needs a reasonable level of walking ability.
Order of sightseeing may be reversed on account of the tides at Hotwater Beach.