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Coromandel Explorer

All-inclusive | From Auckland | 3 Days

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Explore the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula the right way - with a classic Kiwi road trip! During this three day tour you will explore some of the most incredible beaches in the world as well as hiking, swimming, kayaking, boating and surfing your way around one of New Zealand’s top destinations.

Service Level


All - Inclusive of : Comfortable and luxurious accommodation with fantastic facilities, delicious meals mostly in top local cafes and restaurants, transport in our late model Mercedes - Benz coaches, professional photography, a full tour schedule of activities and sightseeing and of course time to relax. Luxury service makes for the ultimate stress - free vacation!

Duration3 days

Activity Level


The Explorer is designed for those wanting to be reasonably active during the day then enjoy a delicious dinner and glass of wine at the end of it! We’ll experience a number of land and sea activities mixed in with relaxing on the beach and soaking in hot pools.


Tour price

NZ $1,929 inc tax

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Tour Highlights

Kayak - Inside the surreal Whenuakura Island
Hike - Through lush native forest to reach Wentworth Falls
Explore - Cathedral Cove and the surrounding coastline by boat
Soak - In your own hand dug spa pool at Hot Water Beach
Surf - At Pauanui Beach, lessons available if you’d like to try it
Discover - The hidden New Chums Beach
Walk - Among towering native Kauri Trees
Stay - In picturesque seaside towns
Swim - At some of New Zealand’s most scenic beaches



day one

The first order of the day is to make our way from Auckland to the Coromandel Peninsula with a few stops along the way. This picturesque drive features some stunning scenery as we travel through endless farmland before reaching the coast. Our first stop on the Peninsula is Wentworth Falls, the two hour hike into these falls winds alongside the river through lush native forests before reaching the 130ft high waterfall. After a picnic lunch beside the river we will make the short trip to Whangamata to embark on our next adventure, sea kayaking inside a hollow island! Whenuakura (Donut Island) is a wildlife sanctury not far off the coast of Whangamata Beach, the inside of the island was hollowed out over time until the roof collapsed leaving a stunning lagoon inside the island only accessible to kayaks or paddle boards through a narrow archway. Afterwards we will check in to our accommodation for the evening before enjoying dinner at one of the many fantastic local restaurants. The beach is within close walking distance for those that want to keep exploring!

Stay - Whangamata, lunch and dinner included


day two

After breakfast we will continue our journey up the coast to the stunning Pauanui Beach, here there are two options depending on your preference. You can join a surf lesson at one of New Zealand’s top surf beaches, or if you already surf jump in and enjoy the waves on your own! If surfing is not for you one of our guides takes a hike up Pauanui Hill, a viewpoint at the south end of the beach that offers stunning coastal views and scenery. After Pauanui we enjoy lunch before carrying on to two of the areas top attractions, Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach! We structure the afternoon differently on each tour to best suit the tides and make the most of these attractions. We explore Cathedral Cove, archways, sea caves, the surrounding islands and marine reserve with a boat journey before returning to Hahei Beach. To experience Hot Water Beach we all don our swimsuits and hit the beach at low tide to dig our very own hot pool! This surreal beach has a hot spring flowing under part of it so if you dig a hole to trap the water you have your very own hot pool, on top of this the beach is a beautiful spot for swimming and relaxing. To end the day we enjoy a group dinner at Hahei before retiring to our accommodation for the evening.

Stay: Hahei - all meals included


day three

For our last day we still have a lot to pack in, from Hahei we drive and then hike (30min each way) to reach the stunning New Chums Beach. Rated as one of New Zealand’s best beaches this white sand beach is the perfect place to enjoy a swim and snap some photos, it can only be reached by foot or over water so not many people get to experience this fantastic spot. From here we travel to the historic gold mining town of Coromandel for lunch before exploring the serene Waiau Kauri Grove. This out of the way spot has some impressive species of the towering New Zealand Kauri Tree including the ‘Siamese Kauri’, two trees that have fused together over time to form a unique specimen. Kauri Trees are iconic to New Zealand and are in danger of becoming extinct in the near future due to a pathegon, so it’s very lucky to still be able to witness these forest giants up close. From here we will journey back to Auckland throught the Waikato countryside before arriving back in the late afternoon.

Breakfast and lunch included


All Meals

  • Day one –Picnic lunch during the Wentworth Falls hike, Dinner at one of Whangamata’s fantastic local restaurants
  • Day two – Home cooked breakfast at our accommodation, café lunch in Pauanui, Dinner at the delicious Church Bistro in Hahei
  • Day three - Cafe breakfast in Hahei, Lunch in the historic Coromandel Town

All Accommodation

  • Enjoy staying in comfortable and luxurious accommodation in scenic locations with fantastic facilities
  • Night one – BnB style accommodation in Whangamata
  • Night two – BnB style accommodation in Hahei

All activities and entrance fees

  • Guided hike to the Wentworth Falls though stunning native forest
  • Kayak tour to the surreal Whenuakura Island (Donut Island)
  • Scenic Mount Paku Hike or a surf lesson in Pauanui
  • Explore the iconic Cathedral Cove and surrounding coastline by boat
  • Dig your own personal hot pool in the sands of Hot Water Beach
  • Walk in to the picturesque New Chums beach
  • Wander among towering native Kauri Trees in the Waiau Kauri Grove

Additional sightseeing if you’re up for it

  • Explore the stunning beaches at Whangamata and Hahei
  • Evening beach walk and free photography tutorial at Whangamata to get that perfect sunset shot!
  • Swimming and sunbathing at many of the white sand beaches we’ll be visiting


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Read all of our TripAdvisor reviews!
  • Christine, USA

    Christine, USA

    “Perfect from start to finish. Great weather for the crossing. An amazing experience with Sole Ventures - punctual, professional, quick to respond, prepared for anything, and truly wonderful people. An added bonus was learning a lot about NZ through Sam and Danni. I’m an avid hiker who’s travelled the world, and this company is honestly the best. Highly recommend Sole Ventures and will definitely book with them again."

  • Sharon, NZ

    Sharon, NZ

    “WOW, what a fantastic adventure we had with family & friends doing the crossing! We had spectacular weather, spectacular views and an outstanding set of guides who catered to our every need & every level, being the least fit in the group, I had my concerns of holding everyone up but never at any stage did I feel that way, at every turn our guides Sam or Cole were either beside me or just in front making sure no one felt under pressure, they gave great info along the walk & provided a sumptuous lunch at the lakes midway through the walk, to top off the day they organized to finish up with a well-deserved soak in hot pools back in Taupo. In short, it was an awesome experience not to be forgotten, thanks Sam & Cole we will definitely be signing up for more."

  • Jane & Kentaro, USA

    Jane & Kentaro, USA

    “Our visit to New Zealand was brief but packed with great sights and activities all thanks to Sole Ventures! I really appreciated that Cole took the time to customize our own 3 day adventure and made it more than affordable. The Mercedes van that we travelled in made long drives comfortable. The hospitality that Sam and Danni provided was top notch. It was great that they even provided extra gear for our Tongariro crossing which was cold and rainy. Restaurants were delicious and accommodations chosen were cozy. Aside from the weather not being the best, I couldn’t complain about a thing when it came to Sole Ventures. I would absolutely recommend them for any tour/adventure seekers traveling to New Zealand!"

  • Mitch, NZ

    Mitch, NZ

    “The absolute best. Sam and Cole are the most fantastic hosts, guides and all round good guys. Their professionalism stands out - from their Sole Ventures coach to their expert knowledge on all things NZ. We started with our pick up in Auckland and managed to squeeze in a quick look around Waitomo caves which was outstanding! Sam and Cole made us feel like we were always at home, and always had the information for our never-ending questions! So full of insight. Their accommodation and food selections were outstanding. From the Chateau, to brunch, we always felt like royalty. We had an outstanding day on the crossing, with sun and smiles, and even a swim to cool off in Lake Taupo! Thanks so much Sam and Cole for an epic trip - I highly recommend Sole Ventures to everyone!! Will have to book a longer trip next time!"

  • Afraz, NZ

    Afraz, NZ

    “I have travelled extensively and used multiple tour companies and guides around the globe... nothing comes close to the service we were offered by Sole Ventures. Sam and Cole Johnston were hands down one of the best tour guides I’ve ever had. My whole team were well looked after and they paid attention to every detail from pickup to drop off. They looked after all our needs and walked alongside us throughout the crossing. Check ins and check outs at the hotels were a breeze as they took care of everything. The meals and cafe stops along the way and at the destinations were fantastic. They are both very knowledgeable and most importantly they are fun to hang with. I would recommend them to anyone at any time. Looking forward to a few more exciting adventures with them in future.”


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