Coromandel Town

The Locals Top 5 - CoromandelCoromandel Township is located on the western side of the Coromandel Peninsula on the scenic coastal road which heads north from Thames, and is an old goldmining centre full of history. The town was named after the HMS Coromandel, which called there in 1820 to take on kauri spars for the Royal Navy. It was an early centre for timber milling and gold was later discovered at Coromandel's Driving Creek in 1852. In 1869, a rich strike boosted the town's population to 10,000.

Today, Coromandel township contains many reminders of its gold rush past, including historic buildings and an old stamper battery. Mussel and oyster farms, fishing and scenic charters operate around the Coromandel Harbour, which is well-sheltered by a spit of land reaching out to Whanganui Island. Recreational facilities in the vicinity include boating, fishing, hunting, horse treks and walks into the nearby bush. A dedicated craft trail takes in local workshops and galleries for which the region is famous. The town is also an ideal base for exploring the peninsula. The road from Coromandel to Colville is considered to be one of the most scenic in New Zealand, with the tree-lined coast on one side and the rugged Coromandel Ranges on the other.

Coromandel has a number of accommodation options available so you're sure to find something that suits your particular needs.

Geographic Location

Township on the Coromandel Harbour Inlet on State Highway 25, 54km north of Thames