A rustic retreat with light cosmopolitan flair and seaside charm.
East of Auckland, the Coromandel Peninsula is close enough to New Zealand’s largest city to be convenient, yet far enough removed to feel isolated. Hideaways like Pauanui Beach offer perfect white sands, excellent diving, safe swimming and even surfing. In between beaches lie large tracts of bush land, perfect for trampers to explore. Kauri trees used to dominate the local landscape, and they’re starting to make a comeback. But the best part of the Coromandel Peninsula is its ability to offer lightly cosmopolitan comforts without forsaking its rustic appeal. Laid-back restaurants and breezy cafés serve fresh seafood and local sauvignon blanc throughout the year.