It is New Zealand's favourite holiday destination. People from Auckland, Hamilton and other cities come here to relax on the white sandy beaches, enjoy fishing, surfing, other marine sports and life in the beach towns.
Framed by native Pohutukawa trees on the western side, beautiful white sandy beaches in the east and divided by ranges cloaked in native rainforest, the Coromandel’s 400 kms of coastline offer the visitor a truly distinctive blend of experiences.
The key feature of The Coromandel is our people. Known as friendly, relaxed and welcoming, they look forward to meeting you and sharing their little paradise with you.
The weather in New Zealand is changeable, so please be prepared for all kinds of weather. We recommend that you bring a raincoat with you, as well as warm clothes, swim wear and a hat.
From Auckland: 2.5 - 3 hours drive Surroundings: Ocean, beaches, mountains Population: 4,000 (7,000+ in summer) Town character: Small, laid-back, friendly
Mercury Bay, on the East Coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, offers a spectacular coast flanked by islands. The area has white sandy beaches, crystal clear creeks, green mountains...a variety of dramatic landscapes all around to welcome you.
Whitianga is the main town of the Coromandel Area, which is located on the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula, 208 kms from Auckland (2.5 - 3 hours driving time). It is a popular holiday town for many people from other cities around NZ and overseas. Whitianga has about 4,000 permanent residents and offers a full range of services and attractions for visitors. Whitianga has an excellent selection of fine restaurants and cafes and a wide variety of accommodation to cater for everyone. The relatively sheltered waters of the bay are great for all kinds of water sports. On land you can enjoy bush walks, horse trekking, tours, adventures, shopping and restaurants; or check out the local artists on Mercury Bay's Craft Trail.
Whitianga Campus & Main Office
Postal Address: PO Box 98, Whitianga 3542
Physical Address: 18 South Highway, Whitianga 3510
Phone: +64 7 867 1178
Fax: +64 7 867 1175
Is one of the region's most fascinating places. For one hour either side of low tide, you can dig in the sand for hot spring water and make your own spa pool. It's good fun summer and winter. Spades for digging your pool are available for hire. For information about the tide at Hot Water Beach click here
Whitianga - Evakona campus
From Auckland: 1.5 hours drive Surroundings: Mountains, coastline, creeks Population: 8,000 Town character: Historic, convenient, laid-back
A mere ninety minute drive from Auckland, Thames is known as the 'Gateway to the Coromandel'. It is the main shopping location on the peninsula.
In the late 19th century, this town was one of New Zealand's largest - built on the pioneering industries of gold and kauri logging. Today, its colourful history is still alive in the many pubs, buildings, museums and activities found in the area. It is a pleasant provincial town of 8,000 people.
Postal Address: Please send all posted mail to our Whitianga address above
Physical Address: 415 Mackay Street, Thames
Phone: +64 7 868 9226
Fax: +64 7 868 9227