Coromandel Explorer Tour

Hosted Tour from Whangarei – 8 Days / 7 nights – From $2695 share twin each

On Day one we pick up everyone from their central Whangarei homes and head South with a stop for coffee at Café Eutopia, and then lunch en-route. We arrive into Thames (2 nights) in the late afternoon and go out for a welcome group dinner. The next day we explore Thames, starting with the underground Old Goldmine tour, then the School of mines. In the afternoon we head out to beautiful Kaueranga Valley for some short nature walks.

We depart Thames, driving north to the Rapaurua Watergardens and Mahara Sculpture Park, arriving late afternoon at Coromandel township (2 nights). The following day we join the Driving Creek Rail tour, and explore then North to Colville Bay, with lunch from the Old Colville General Store.

Leaving Coromandel, we take to the old 309 Road. Travelling the rough gravel road we encounter “Stuart & the Pigs”, the fabulous “Waterworks”, The Waiau Falls, and “309 Honey”. We arrive late afternoon into Whitianga (1 night).

In Whitianga we join the morning Cathedral Cove Glass bottom boat, then down to Hot Water Beach for a soak, before continuing on to Waihi (2 nights). Our busy morning in Waihi starts with the interactive Gold Mine Museum, then continues on to the spectacular Martha Mine tour. Then it’s off to the Waikino Station café  for lunch, then a visit to the Victoria Stamper grounds, finishing up with beers at the Old Waikino Goldminers Pub.

On Day eight, we depart Waihi, with a stop in Paeroa on the way as we embark on our journey home, to arrive back into Whangarei homes late evening.

An awesome trip through fascinating history, and stunning scenery!


Your Hosted Tour Includes:
• You, Me & Friends Host/Driver/organiser
• Pick up & drop off from your central Whangarei home
• Shuttle van for 6 Days
• 7 nights in three star accommodation
• Daily breakfasts
• Welcome Dinner in Thames
• Thames Gold Mine Experience Tour
• Thames School of Mines Museum Tour
• Rapaura Water gardens entrance
• Mahara Sculpture Park entrance

• Waterworks entrance

• Driving Creek Rail Tour

• Wine tasting & snacks at Purangi Winery
• Cathedral Cove Glass Bottom Boat tour
• Gold Experience interactive Museum Waihi
• Martha Mine Tour Waihi


Share twin: $2695 each   /    Single room: $3495 each

Oh my gosh, we all had a fantastic day out. Thank you so much. I really didn’t expect to like all those weird and wonderful snacks during the "Curious Food Train" activity, and didn’t think they would all participate. The staff all keep thanking us for such a great day. Looking forward to next years event!