Coromandel Caper


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    $2690 pp Twinshare, $3090 pp Single

    10-15 Nov 2021

    Day1

    Auckland – Thames – Rapaura Watergardens – Coromandel

    We depart Auckland and travel east to Thames where we visit the museum. We lunch at  the Trellis Tearoom at Rapaura Watergardens where you can wander 64 acres of native trees and lily ponds to a cascading waterfall.

    Travelling further north along this picturesque coastline, we arrive at historic Coromandel where the town’s gold mining past is still visible today, beautifully restored buildings line the main street. We dine at Pepper Tree Restaurant.

    • Historic and picturesque Thames
    • Lunch at lovely Rapaura Watergardens surrounded by Coromandel rainforest
    Day2

    Coromandel – Driving Creek Railway – Meeting the locals – Coromandel

    Sit back as we explore the heart of the Peninsula. We visit Driving Creek Railway to ride the narrow gauge mountain railway train up through the bush to the pinnacle – the Eyefull Tower which lives up to its name – the views are magnificent.

    We lunch with locals, tour the town’s historic buildings and meet screen printing artist Pete Sephton at Blink Creek Studio.

     

    • At Barry Brickell’s Driving Creek Railway ride through the bush to the Eyefull Tower
    • Meet screen printing artist Pete Sephton
    Day3

    Coromandel – Colville – Whitianga

    We head over to Colville to the landmark General Store run by the local community for 40 years. Then the East Coast golden sand beaches beckon – Whangapoua, Matarangi and Kuaotunu.

    We stay two nights on the Buffalo beachfront at Admiralty Lodge, Whitianga and you could visit the Lost Spring Geothermal hot pools (optional) before we dine in town tonight.

    • Visit Colville’s landmark General Store
    • Tour the beautiful beaches of the Coromandel East Coast
    Day4

    Whitianga – Cruise to Cathedral Cove – Whitianga

    This morning we board a glass-bottomed boat and cruise down the coastline from Whitianga to Cathedral Cove through marine reserve to see for ourselves why this beautiful Cove became a movie star.

    Returning to Whitianga, we stroll the beach and check out this fast growing centre.

    • Cruise to Cathedral Cove on a glass-bottomed boat
    • Explore Whitianga’s shops, galleries and enjoy a stroll along the beach
    Day5

    Whitianga – Hahei – Hot Water Beach – Whangamata

    We check out the popular holiday spots of Hahei and Cook’s Beach and bathe our feet in the hot pools dug in the sand at Hot Water Beach.

    We stop at Mercury Bay lookout to admire the magnificent coastal views.

    At Cathedral Cove Macadamias orchard Doug and Jillian Johnson take us on a guided tour before we drive south to Tairua and on to Whangamata and the Breakers Motel.

    • Take in the panoramic views to the Mercury Islands from the lookout above Hahei
    • Hot Water Beach where natural thermal hot springs bubble up through the sand
    Day6

    Whangamata – Waihi – Karangahake Gorge – Miranda – Auckland

    After breakfast we check out Whangamata Beach and then Waihi and the Martha Mine where there is a clear view down to the open cast gold mine overlooked by the historic Cornish Pumphouse.

    We continue through the dramatic Karangahake Gorge to lunch at The Falls Retreat. We drive along the Seabird Coast to meet our guide for our visit to the Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre and on to Clevedon before returning to Auckland.

    • At Waihi view the Martha Mine site
    • Drive the dramatic Karangahake Gorge and along the Seabird Coast

    General Inclusions

    • All transport by comfortable, air conditioned coach (maximum of 18 travellers).
    • Services of your knowledgeable MoaTrek Kiwi guide.
    • Quality accommodation chosen for a “sense of place”.

    All Meals Are Included

    • All breakfasts(B).
    • All lunches(L) including special lunches at: Rapaura Water Garden, Coromandel Peninsula; lunch at Mercury Bay Estate vineyard
    • All dinners(D).

    All Activities & Entrance Fees Are Included

    • Visit Thames Museum to hear tales of the goldrush days .
    • Rapaura Watergardens surrounded by Coromandel rainforest.
    • Ride the Driving Creek Railway.
    • Cruise on the Glass Bottom Boat to Cathedral Cove.
    • Meet Doug and Jillian Johnson at Cathdedral Cove Macadamias orchard.
    • Guided visit at Pukorokoro Shorebird Centre, Miranda.

    Included Sightseeing & Exploring

    • Drive the spectacular coastal road along the Firth of Thames.
    • Coromandel town where the gold mining past is still visible.
    • Explore the heart of the Coromandel Peninsula.
    • Tour the beautiful beaches of the East Coast.
    • Panoramic views to the Mercury Islands from Cathedral Cove Lookout.
    • Waihi’s craft shops and Martha Mine site.
    • Drive the dramatic Karangahake Gorge.
    • Explore the Miranda Shorebird coast.