Quite why it took me so long to visit one of the most crazily beautiful locations New Zealand has to offer I’ll never know. The Coromandel, a region centred on a peninsula located around 60 km from Auckland (as the tui flies), is a vast area of dramatic headlands, golden beaches, bird-filled forests, and volcanic peaks. (The volcanoes are thankfully extinct I might add). AKA paradise on earth, even more so if you’re a photographer!
I first visited the area on a campervan adventure with my daughter as recently as October 2016 (read that blog here). We only spent the briefest of times in the area, but such was the immediate falling in love that we returned with the rest of the family for a longer trip just a few weeks ago.
While much of The Coromandel has a wild and remote feel to it, there’s no shortage of amenities and accommodation catering for all budgets and tastes. Thames is the largest town (population 7,600) and acts as the service hub for the region. Numerous villages occupy the coastline along many of the bays, beaches and inlets of the area. The rugged nature of much of the terrain means the roads tend to be narrow and windy, but that’s a good thing with the more leisurely pace allowing you to soak up more of the scenery.