What to see in Coromandel, New Zealand (with Map & Photos)

Going to the Coromandel Peninsula, one of the essential places to see in New Zealand, is our goal today, after yesterday we lengthened it a little more than usual, ending the route through the places to see in Northland that we had marked ourselves for that day of the trip to New Zealand.

Knowing that today we have a slightly calmer day, in which going to the Coromandel Peninsula will take us practically the whole day, we decided to take things a little more calmly, taking the opportunity to work a couple of hours in the morning and after have breakfast and get ready our Jucy motorhome in New Zealand, start with the day today.

Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand
Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand

Remember that if you are interested in taking a trip of this type, we recommend you look at the Motorhome Republic page where you can see all the available options, the prices and make the reservation directly.

Today's journey to go to the Coromandel Peninsula, includes part of the route that we made the first day of the trip, after the flight to New Zealand, which took us to visit Cape Reinga, since the Coromandel Peninsula is practically at side of the tour we did through the places to see in Auckland.

Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand
Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand

As we mentioned before, today will be practically entirely on the road, but to make it a little more interesting, despite the fact that the landscapes in New Zealand are impressive and for that alone you already have justified any road trip, no matter how many kilometers, We have decided to make a couple of stops, the first being Bayly's Beach, just 30 kilometers and 30 minutes' drive from Kauro Coast Top 10 Holiday Park, our accommodation in Northland the night before.

Keep in mind that at this stage of New Zealand by motorhome, if you think it is interesting, you could perfectly include a visit to Trounson Kauri Park, which we did not do yesterday due to lack of time, since it is located a few kilometers from the campsite where we have stayed.

Bayly´s Beach


This beach, also known for being a road, is located on a 100-kilometer strip of coastline, right next to a small town, and although we do not believe that it is an essential in New Zealand, it is a good option to stretch your legs. and take a walk along a beach road, much less crowded than the famous 90 Mile Beach that we visited yesterday.

Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand
Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand

As with the previous one, you can also access this beach through several accesses, although we recommend doing it through Ocean View Terrace, which is one of the most attractive points and also easier to access with a motorhome.

It is 11 o'clock when we finish our visit to Bailey's Beach, heading to Thames, which will be our gateway to the Coromandel Peninsula and also the area where we will sleep tonight.

Taking into account that right now we are separated by 300 kilometers and a 5-hour journey, we make this journey calmly, making stops to rest, stretch our legs and eat, by the time it is 5 in the afternoon, we reach Thames, where we take the opportunity to make a stop and refill the fridge for the next few days in a Pak'n Save supermarket and also fill the stomach of the motorhome, taking advantage of the fact that there are several gas stations in this town.

Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand
Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand

Thames


Considered by many as the gateway to the Coromandel Peninsula, if you are doing the route from the north of the island like us, it is the perfect area to stay overnight, since they have several free areas with impressive views.

Like the rest of New Zealand towns, Thames is located around the main road, where you can see some of the 19th century buildings that were built during the gold rush.

After this technical stop and taking into account that as we said before in this piece of coast there are some of the most scenic free campsites in New Zealand, we begin our special journey in search of one where there are still free places.

This is something to keep in mind since these spaces usually have limited places, which you can see in the Campermate application or in the cartels in the area. Normally, travelers usually arrive in the early afternoon, so if you arrive after 5:00 p.m., it is most likely that there will no longer be any corner in which to put the motorhome.

Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand
Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand

We began to visit those that we have indicated in Campermate, there are like 5-6 in a strip of 15 kilometers and at the end, when it is 6 in the afternoon, we arrive at Te Mata Point Reserve, which in addition to being the most beautiful of all The ones we have seen so far, it is at this time of the afternoon alone, so we are very lucky to enjoy a sunset and an unforgettable dinner in front of the Thames Fjord, which we are sure, we will never forget.

And so ends another day in New Zealand, enjoying an incredible spectacle of nature in the form of a starry sky that keeps us out of the motorhome for hours, waiting for the hours to pass for tomorrow, touring a new destination, the Coromandel Peninsula.

Route map on how to get to the Coromandel Peninsula from Northland


We leave you the map of the route we have followed today until we reach the Coromandel Peninsula through Bayly's Beach and Thames, until we reach Te Mata Point Reserve, one of the most incredible places to sleep in New Zealand.