Tour 005               

COROMANDEL PENINSULA    3 days/2 nights     

A relaxed journey of discovery of the Coromandel Peninsula 

Auckland, Seabird Coast, Miranda Shorebird centre, Thames, Pohutukawa Coast, Coromandel, “Driving Creek Railway", Whitianga, Cooks Cove, Cathedral Cove, Pauanui, Waihi, Karangahake Gorge, Paeroa, Auckland.

9am. Depart Auckland. Pickup from any inner city or South Auckland accommodation prior.
Drive via Clevedon, Kawakawa Bay and the Seabird Coast to visit the Miranda Shorebird centre then on to the historic gold mining centre of Thames. Visit the historic museum and drive along the Pohutukawa Coast to Coromandel town. Enjoy a ride on the “Driving Creek Railway”, among the regenerating native forest to the “Eyeful Tower”. "Driving Creek Railway" is the fulfillment of the dream and passion of Barry Brickell, environmentalist, rail enthusiast, and potter. Cross the Peninsula to the charming town of Whitianga. Two nights accommodation and breakfast at Whitianga, Tairua, or Pauanui. 

Day 2. Wednesday.   MERCURY BAY AREA.          (B)
Enjoy a leisurely day exploring the Mercury Bay area. Famous visitors include the great explorer Kupe around 950AD, and Captain Cook observed the transit of Mercury on November 09, 1769 at Cooks Beach which we visit. Enjoy a ninety minute round trip walk to Cathedral Cove (free - reasonable level of fitness required! Closed currently owing to track problems. We are not sure if it will be open next summer)) and we recommend an optional cruise along the beautiful coast with views of Cathedral Cove and spectacular cliffs (extra expense). Visit Hotwater beach at low tide to 'dig your own' hot pool to soak in the thermal water, and swim in the sea in summer. Also visit a boutique winery, herb garden, and craft centre. 

Visit the beautiful seaside town of Whangamata on the way to the Gold Discovery centre at Waihi for a guided tour of the modern working Gold Mine. Continue through the Karangahake Gorge with time for a short walk on the rail trail. Continue through Paeroa and see the massive Lemon and Paeroa monument. Also visit the site on the Waihou River which marks the further most inland point that Captain Cook came and return to Auckland late afternoon. Drop off at the airport by 6pm, or inner city.

Tour cost per person 3 days/2 nights 
2 per room $1,590 

3 per room $1,530 

Single room $1,790               

Tour cost includes: All travel from Auckland back to Auckland. Two nights accommodation and breakfast, Admissions to: Miranda Shorebird centre, Thames museum. Driving Creek Railway, Waihi Gold Centre. 



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'BUBBLE BUSTER TOUR'.  Travel by people mover for 2-5 passengers or Mercedes Sprinter de luxe 12 seat mini bus with maximum of 8 passengers.


Tour 005 

DISCOVER COROMANDEL          3 days/2 nights   
This tour can depart any monday or tuesday for a minimum of 4 subject to availability of driver/guide.

'Bubble' Tours. Form your own bubble of 4 - 8 people and enjoy an exclusive tour with our driver/guide.


* Includes pickup and return from any central city, or southern accommodation close to the motorway.

* 2 nights accommodation, dinner, and breakfast

*  Seabird Coast drive 

*  Miranda Seabird centre 

* Historic Thames    

*  Rapaura Watergardens 

* Driving Creek Railway    

* Whitianga 

* Mercury Bay 

* Hotwater Beach 

* Cathedral Cove 

* Whangamata 

* Waihi Gold Mine tour   

* Karangahake Gorge 

* Paeroa 

Tour cost per person. 3 days. Minimum of 4 passengers. 

2 per room                    $1,590

3 per room                   $1,530          

Single room                $1,790 

For 2 people travelling add $400 per person. For 3 people travelling add $250 per person.



Day 1. Remains the same as main itinerary.

Days 2-3. Sightseeing for day 2 includes Mercury Bay, Hot Water Beach, Whangamata, Gold Discovery centre, and Paeroa. Return to Auckland about 7.30pm.

Tour cost per person

Tour cost per person. 3 days. Minimum of 4 passengers. 

2 per room                    $990

3 per room                   $950          

Single room                $1,140

For 2 people travelling add $200 per person. For 3 people travelling add $100 per person.




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