The Coromandel and Bay of Plenty

Cathedral Cove on the Coromandel Peninsula of New Zealand
Cathedral Cove on the Coromandel Peninsula, North Island, New Zealand.

The best of the northeast corner of New Zealand

The Coromandel and Bay of Plenty offer a perfect Kiwi balance: gorgeous landscapes, great food, and loads of outdoor activities that are not nearly so strenuous as many available in New Zealand's more adrenaline-fueled areas—yet offer ten times the rewards in scenic payoff. Call it the "refined Kiwi adventure."

Sea kayaking to Cathedral CoveKayaking Cathedral Cove - We rounded an offshore islet on Pacific swells, threaded our kayaks through narrow a sea cave that had wormed its way through the rock, and suddenly there it was: Cathedral Cove. Twin sugar-sand beaches curved under cliffs to either side of a narrow promontory. Bone-white shards of limestone 30 feet high littered the waterline when they had fallen from the cliff side long ago to be sculpted by the surf... Full Story

A picnic piror to kayaking WaimarinoKayaking to glowworms in Waimarino - We nibbled cheese and fruit, sipped wine, and watched swans and ducks cruise around tiny Lake McClaren as the sun set behind the wildflower-clad hillside of the opposite shore. Our guide packed up the picnic table and we slid our kayaks into the slow waters to paddle up the river under the settling dusk in search of a narrow, hidden side canyon where the walls would be so close we’d have to ship our paddles to keep from knocking off the carpet of glowworms... Full Story

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This article was by Reid Bramblett and last updated in October 2011.
All information was accurate at the time.

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