Hot Water Beach
Hot Water Beach is one of those unique experiences every visitor to the Coromandel must do. While Hot Water Beach is one of the top surf spots on the peninsula, the real reason for its fame is what gives this beach its name. An underground river of hot water surfaces at the beach and one hour either side of low tide, people flock there to dig their own natural spa pool in the sand. Winter or summer, this is a natural phenomenon that once experienced, you'll never forget!
Hahei Beach and Cathedral Cove
This is really two beaches, but you can not talk about one without the other.
Hahei is a veritable beach paradise of pink sand and pristine clear blue sea framed by cliffs and maori pa sites either end of the beach. The neighbouring marine reserve is a magical aquatic world, abundant with fish and other sea life. The marine reserve is also home to the famous Cathedral Cove, one of the most visited and photographed locations on the Coromandel Peninsula. Accessible only by foot (via an access track at the northern end of Hahei Beach) or water, this magnificent cathedral shaped cavern, white sand beach and its spectacular environs are a "must visit" site.
New Chums Beach
New Chums is the holy grail of truly untouched beaches and while illegally unknown by most New Zealanders; was rated one of the top 20 beaches in the world by UK newspaper, The Observer. The reason for its obscurity is that New Chums Beach can not be reached by road.
Make sure you pack a pair of good walking shoes because you're going to have to do a little bit of work to get to this beach. Starting at the far end of Whangapoua Beach, you'll need to wade across a shallow lagoon, then walk 30 minutes around the coastline, over rocks and past a magnificent grove of Nikau Palms. But it's worth the walk as you'll find a stunning stretch of unspoiled beach paradise lined with pohutukawas; no people, no houses, nothing but sandy white beach and the azure waters of the Pacific Ocean.
Kuaotunu is quintessential New Zealand; a picturesque quiet country village and sandy white beach, surrounded by native bush and rugged farmland. With a white sand beach that's perfect for swimming, fishing, sailing, kayaking and snorkelling and a village store that serves the best ice creams in Coromandel, Kuaotunu is the idyllic place that childhood memories of wonderful seaside holidays are made of.
Kuaotunu Beach is also famous for its surf break off the Blackjack Reef so is a wonderful coastal playground for little and grown-up kids.
Only a short distance from Kuaotunu along a narrow windy gravel road lies Opito Bay. With no shops or restaurants and very few homes, this is as close as you'll get to an untouched world that's also accessible by car or boat.
Opito Bay is a sweeping, horseshoe shaped beach, framed by farmland and bush and a necklace of emerging islands. This is where you come to simply enjoy what's here; the beauty, the privacy and seclusion. A safe swimming beach, Opito Bay is known for its friendly, laidback, family feel and vibe. For a holiday of peace and relaxation, look no further than Opito Bay.
Whangamata is one of the most popular beach resorts in New Zealand. Its local population of 4000 residents soars to 50,000 plus in summer. But even if you'd prefer to avoid the crowds, there are a whole lot of reasons why Whangamata should be on your "must visit" list normally; surf, sand, sea and endless fun.
Whangamata is a safe seaside playground for swimming, fishing, diving and all the usual Coromandel outdoor activities which makes it a real favorite with families. But it's also famous for having some of the best surf breaks in New Zealand. This is the place to come if you want to rub shoulders with some of the best surfers on the planet.