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Small-Group Coromandel Peninsula Day Trip from Auckland

Small-Group Coromandel Peninsula Day Trip from Auckland

By Bush and Beach
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Discover the beaches, rain forest, and gorgeous landscapes of the Coromandel Peninsula on this small-group full-day tour from Auckland. Trip highlights include the Hauraki Gulf and Cathedral Cove, a train ride through a native kauri tree forest, and fashioning your own thermal bathing pool at Hot Water Beach. Cover a lot of ground as you learn about the region's history and wilderness from your local guide.
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Ages 5-99, max of 12 per group
Duration: 12h
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German, Chinese, Japanese, English

  • See more of the Coromandel Peninsula with a local guide and small group
  • Take a scenic ride on New Zealand’s only narrow-gauge mountain railway
  • Explore kauri forest, hike to Cathedral Cove, and dig a hot spring pool
  • Enjoy hassle-free, convenient pickup and drop-off at your Auckland hotel

  • Local guide
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Entry/Admission - Coromandel
What's not included
  • Gratuities

After hotel pickup in Auckland, relax as your small group travels to Coromandel. Stop at Driving Creek Railway and Potteries to board New Zealand’s only narrow-gauge mountain railway, which journeys through native kauri forest, tunnels, and viaducts. Disembark at a mountaintop viewing station and enjoy views of the Hauraki Gulf below. Follow your guide on a short walk through the kauri trees, then continue by car across the mountains to Hot Water Beach. Have lunch at a local café, then dig your own natural hot spring pool in the golden sand, where thermal waters bubble up at low tide. Wind down at nearby Cathedral Cove, an aptly named cavern flooded by the Pacific Ocean. If conditions allow, walk to the arched rock, taking care on the uneven terrain (good walking shoes are required). Your tour ends with an evening return to your Auckland hotel.

Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Departure Point: Tour departs from selected Auckland hotels if your hotel is not in the list above please advise of Hotel name upon booking. Return point: Returns to original departure point at approximately 7pm
  • SkyCity Auckland, Corner Victoria and, Federal Street, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand If you have not confirmed an inner city hotel pick up with us then our central meeting point is SkyCity Grand Hotel (90 Federal Street). If you are meeting here this will need to be confirmed with us. Please call to confirm the night prior - 0800 423 224
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3582CORO

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • A reasonable level of walking ability required and shoes with a good grip are advised
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Minimum 2 adults required for this tour to run
  • Not recommended for infants or people with motion sickness sensitivities.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3582CORO

  • You'll start at
    SkyCity Auckland
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See departure details
  • Pass by
    Bush and Beach
  • 1
    Driving Creek Railway Tours
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Cathedral Cove Walk
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Hot Water Beach
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

Virginia H
Virginia H
Great day at Hobbiton and Glowworm caves!
A great day exploring Hobbiton and Waitomo Glowworm caves! Fun exploring all the Hobbit holes and scene from LOR. C
“Hobbiton & Waitomo - a must do tour!
A truly remarkable small group day out visiting two of the North Island’s iconic tourist sites. This was made all t
Beverly S
Beverly S
Good city tour
Informative tour led by Wayne, who has a great sense of humour. We learned something new and interesting things ab
Terrific experience
Murray and Josh were terrific tour guides on this outing and the weather was superb. Hobbiton and Waitomo are two v
One of the best tours from Auckland
We've been to Auckland twice, once in May 2019 and again in October 2022. We enjoyed this tour so much the first ti
Unforgettable Day
I went on this tour with my daughter( 10 years old). I was little worried about the duration of the tour. I thought
Hobbiton and Waitomo Caves Tour
We had a lovely experience on the Waitamo and The Hobbiton tour with Damien.He was very welcoming and knowledgeable
Great Day
Thoroughly enjoyed our day. Our guide Damien was very knowledgeable and friendly. I would definitely recommend thi
Such a great day!
What an amazing day we had! Our tour guide Damien went above and beyond to make our day special and was so informat
Terrific tour
Terrific team and interesting commentary. Being a small group, we weren’t rushed and were encouraged to ask questio
Amazing life experience
One of the best experiences I've ever had. Our guide was Damian and he is the most amazing person I've ever met, he
Fun day trip
Damian was a great guide for us, providing lots of useful information and stories along the way. Even when we got
Amazing day
Absolutely fantastic day with a great small group. Damian was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Plenty of infor
Nice review of the city's different neighborhoods with amazing views.
Views were spectacular, especially from the top of Victoria Mountain, Harbour Bridge, and West Haven Marina. All th
Amazing tour Auckland
Great way to see the best of Auckland in a few hours. Wayne was exceptional for a male he managed to do two things
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30 reviews
Very good

Joan M
Wailea, HI98 contributions
Jan 2023
We had the "luck" of the day! Damien was fabulous and all that we could have ever asked for in a tour guide. He connected all the 6 of us as we came from different parts of the world. He totally figured out our physical abilities and how to "time" the day. The entire 8 hour day was so perfect and I am very picky. We returned just yesterday from NZ and can say that this company's tour and Damien, in particular, was the best of the 21 day itinerary. The food stops and restroom stops were excellent. Coromandel and the railroad journey was so fun and exciting. You all will love this tour. Wish I could go back.
Written February 8, 2023
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Lesley & Paul
Nottingham, UK1 contribution
Jan 2020
Amazing day out , didn't start too well as one of the parties were late picking up, however both Damien and Dawn handled it very well. They both did an excellent job and made the whole day the most enjoyable part of our stay in Auckland.
They are both socially engaging and knowledgeable and what they didn't know wasn't worth knowing. The Cathedral Cove stop was amazing and well worth the effort involved getting down there and back.
Hot Water Beach is a now a ticked off Bucket List even if only a short stay!
Lunch stop off was very good, always a bit weary of these on day trips, but excellent choice.
The DCR Railway and Pottery was a unique experience, quite charming that the driver used to live in Stoke on Trent!!
Overall a great experience which you would struggle to do on your own in the same timescale.
Highly recommended
Written February 4, 2020
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Beverley M
Grantham, UK35 contributions
This tour was relaxed and friendly but also well planned and professional. The Coromandel Peninsula is beautiful but if you only have one day to enjoy it you really want to see the best bits. This tour took us on the Driving Creek railway, Cathedral Cove and hot sands. We journeyed through beautiful landscape and seascapes. Murray, our driver was a mine of fascinating facts and stories that for me, really brought the area alive. I learnt a lot about New Zealand and had a great day.
Written January 9, 2023
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Patty W
Regina, Saskatchewan6 contributions
Feb 2020
We were fortunate to be the only two on the Day Tour with Damian! He was our very own private tour guide and very knowledgeable :) From start to finish we enjoyed the day with Damian going the extra mile to make it a great one! We were able to see the highlights of the penisula within a one day excursion - that worked well for our timelines. And without having the stress of driving. We would love to spend more time at Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove - those were our highlights of the day! We appreciate the attention to detail and the conservation efforts that Bush and Beach make! This tour was definitely a highlight of our holiday.
Written March 9, 2020
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Runcorn, UK41 contributions
Fabulous full day led by Alex. Hadn’t known what to expect but thoroughly enjoyed it. Alex was a great guide and so knowledgeable. He looked after us taking account of our abilities to do things. There were 4 of us and it was a great atmosphere all day. Would totally recommend the tour and Alex. Thank you Andrea, Gill and Sue.
Written September 20, 2022
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Lynn R
5 contributions
Mar 2020
We spent the day with guides Geoff & Kevin for the Coromandel Peninsula Day Tour. The hot water beach was extraordinary. Cathedral cove was awe-inspiring. Geoff & Kevin provided an informative narrative throughout the entire trip. Just breathtaking.
Written March 8, 2020
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Seoul, South Korea1 contribution
May 2018 • Friends
in this May, i went to Coromandel with bush&beach coromandel day tour, with friendly guide Sean :) it started very early in the moring, but it didn't matter at all. because he is very kind and cheerful!
it was my first time to explore NewZealand's southern island, and i was looking forward to it very much. and surprisingly, this tour fulfilled it!
i really enjoyed many fascinating and lively places. Coromandel beach, Cathedral cove, hot water beach, walking rainforest(i remember this named Waiau Kauri Grove), driving creek gave me really deep impression. and also i could able to be inspired about many things. oh and lunch at cafe was really fresh and delicious :)
it was my taste haha.
but MOST impressive of all, it was effort and kindness of our guide, Sean!
i'm not English speaker, so sometimes it is hard for me to understand English explanations.
Sean understands that, and he was considerate of us. Sean gave us detailed and appropriate explanation, and that his explanation gave us a perfect and very abundant understanding of what we experienced.
had it not been for him, I would not have made such a satisfactory trip. really! and his experiences and thoughts helped us to feel deeply about Coromandel and New Zealand.
you know, the role of guides is not just to guide. The important thing is to help people feel and remember what they experienced. in many ways, such like memory, emotion, thinking , conversation. (oh and photo of course haha)
In that sense Sean was the best. He may not think so, but at least me and my sister clearly felt that way.
Thanks to him, we could get beautiful memories, meaningful thoughts, useful knowledge, and even fantastic photos. Choosing this tour was a great choice. I will never forget the Coromandel tour of that day. I want to go back to New Zealand already!! hahaha
I really recommend this tour program. You can not have a more satisfactory and fruitful experience on the North Island of New Zealand. You can get knowledge, fantastic scenery, photos, delicious food, and even touched! not a joking, it's sincerely.
With affection and gratitude to Stephen and Sean who shared that day with us, I'm done with my review. I hope my review helps everyone. Especially for Koreans who travel to New Zealand for the first time. Don't hesitate! ㅋㅋㅋ
ps. Good luck to Sean & Stephen all the time. bye bye! :)

한국어로도 작성합니다!
여행사 통해서 예약한 부시앤비치 코로만델 투어였습니다. 나니아 연대기 촬영지로도 유명한 곳이라고 듣고 예약한 건데 그보다 훨씬 많은 것을 얻을 수 있었던 경험이었네요! 아름다운 풍경이 단연 일품이었어요. 개인적으로는 코로만델 비치와 케세드랄 코브가 제일 좋았어요ㅠㅠ 비수기라 그런지 사람도 그리 많지 않아 한적하게 즐길 수 있었습니다. 핫 워터 비치도 따뜻하고 좋았어요!! 온천이랑은 달라서 신기합니당ㅋㅋ 사진기나 폰 꼭 가져가세요 풍경도 너무 예쁘거든요ㅠㅠ
숲속 걷는것도 신선하고 좋았어요!! 여러 신기한 나무와 식물에 대한 설명도 듣고요 ㅎㅎㅎ
대체로 해안가-핫워터비치-숲속걷기-드라이빙그리크 체험으로 이뤄졌어요! 앗 드라이빙 그리크는 산 전체에 협궤열차 만든 곳에 가서 열차타고 코로만델 내려다보는 겁니다! 도자기 작품들로 꾸며진 산속 열차가 신선하고 또 만드신 베리 작가님의 열정을 느낄수 있어서 감동적이었어요 ㅋㅋ
가이드님이 매우 친절하시고 설명 들으면서 다니니까 너무너무 인상깊고 소중한 경험이었습니다. 저도 체력이 그리 좋은 편은 아닌데 신선한 공기와 좋은 풍경, 좋은 사람들과 함께 다니니까 힘든줄도 모르겠더라고요 ㅋㅋ 전일 투어지만 그리 힘들진 않아요. 오클랜드에서 왕복4시간이라 이동시간이 쫌 벅차긴 한데 그것만 빼면 다 좋아요! 근데 어차피 운전도 가이드분께서 다 해주셔서...!ㅋㅋㅋ 픽업과 드랍도 숙소까지 다 해주시고요!ㅋㅋㅋㅋ
앗 그리고 핫 워터비치 지나서 먹는 카페 음식도 넘 맛있습니다... 투어비에 디저트까지 다 포함되니까 꼭 드세요! 제 픽은 연어크림치즈 오믈렛?케잌? 이런건데 꼭 드세요... 너무나 맛있어요 흑흑.. 피조아 주스도 가이드분께 추천받았는데 못마셔서 아쉽.. 드셔보세요! ㅋㅋ
뉴질랜드 북섬 투어로는 코로만델 데이투어 정말 강추합니다.. 제가 이렇게 길고 긴 장문의 리뷰를 쓰는 걸 보면 아시겠지요..?ㅋㅋㅋ 자연과 풍경 그리고 예술을 느끼고 싶으신 분들께 꼭 추천해드리고 싶네요^^*
Written June 3, 2018
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Jonathan G
Newton, NJ7 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
we had an absolutely fantastic day. The Coromandel is one of the most beautiful places i have ever been. I did this exact same trip 3 years ago, and it was just as good (if not better) the second time around
the scenery is SPECTACULAR.
the stops in Thames, and at Dry Creek Railway & Pottery and at Hot Water Beach were all truly memorable.
the lunch was also fantastic
but the best part of the day was the tour guide (Sean). Not only was he a wealth of information, but he also talked in a way that you really enjoyed listening and learning, both about the specific places we visited and also about New Zealand in general.
one of the things that make Sean such a great tour guide is that at every stop he always makes the effort to talk to every member of the group to see if they have any questions or if they need anything.
all in all, this is one of the very best day trips i have done anywhere in the world.
Written March 8, 2018
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Hi Jonathan, Thank you for your great review! I am so pleased you enjoyed your 2nd visit to the Coromandel just as much! It really is an amazing part of New Zealand and definitely worth a few visits. We look forward to hopefully seeing you again next time you are in Auckland Thanks again Krystle
Written March 9, 2018
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Bridgewater, NJ48 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
Dawn and Damien gave my wife and I a fantastic tour -- it was the full day Coromandel tour-- plenty to see of the beautiful country side, great lunch, a good hike to Cathedral cove and much more. Damien kept us entertained with his stories of the NZ history-- an amazingly detailed story that was unlike anything we gathered in our entire 3 week trip in NZ. They were both terrific!!!!
Written March 3, 2019
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London, UK70 contributions
We thought this was going to be a long day so were happy to have a driver. Olly our driver was first class and very knowledgeable, the day flew by. He gave us lots of information about the country, fauna and indigenous animals. The stops at hot water beach, cathedral cove, local tall trees and mountain railway ride were all interspersed with informative narrative from our guide. The views were spectacular and all we had to do was site back and listen.
Written January 27, 2019
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