The Locals Top 5 - CoromandelCoromandel Peninsula is famous for its magnificent beaches, and the long, sandy beach which caught Captain Cook’s eye when he anchored here back in 1769 is every bit as beautiful today. Now a relaxed seaside resort, Cooks Beach is the ideal place to unwind and explore the waters of beautiful Mercury Bay. Captain Cook gave the bay its name after stopping here to observe the transit of Mercury.

The 3km crescent of fine golden sand at Cooks Beach has safe sheltered waters ideal for swimming, boating, fishing and family fun. Relax on the beach and enjoy the sun or pack a picnic and find a peaceful spot beside the Purangi River. If you’re feeling more energetic, you can walk up to the Shakespeare Cliff lookout for stunning views across Mercury Bay and out to the Mercury Islands.