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Coromandel, New Zealand

Nature and Activities in Coromandel, New Zealand

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The Waterworks

Coromandel Town

Arts & crafts

‘Arrive wondering, leave smiling.’ There are over 40 water-powered gadgets, sculptures, toys and playgrounds (for adults!) in this whimsical wonder of a place. From fathoming the giddy sticks and flying foxes, to water-jousting on wooden steeds and spinning in the human hamster wheel, each contraption here is as eccentric, humorous and fun as the last. You’ll laugh, play and delight at this interactive and totally unique park where the novelty never wears off. Barbeques and picnic spots are dotted amongst the trees, lawns and streams or there’s a café for insanely good coffee and delicious home-cooked foods.

The Waterworks
  • Prices: Adults $15, children $10. Under 3's go free. Family Pass $45 (2 adults, 2 children).
  • Contact: 471, 309 Road, Coromandel
  • Tel: 07-866-7191
  • Fax: 07-866-7191
  • Email: info@thewaterworks.co.nz
  • Web: www.thewaterworks.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Arts & Crafts @ Baycarving

Whitianga

Arts & crafts

If I, with my two left thumbs, can create my own bone-carving, I defy anyone not to do the same. Pick out the design you want, or, if you are streets ahead of me in confidence and artistic ability, draw up your own design and start working! Two hours, plenty of help, and a cup or two of coffee later, I walked away with my very own bone pendant. The pleasure of crafting for oneself is immense: it felt like claiming a little piece of New Zealand. No better way to spend a wet – or even a dry – afternoon.

  • Prices: Between $35 and $80, depending on design.
  • Contact: 12 The Esplanade, Whitianga, Coromandel Peninsula
  • Tel: 07-866-4021
  • Email: info@baycarving.co.nz
  • Web: www.baycarving.com
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Miranda Shorebird Centre

Miranda

Bird experts & tours

As well as having three of its own endemic species, Miranda is a very popular wintering spot for birds; great news for birders. Thousands of nesting shorebirds from Siberia and Alaska flock here each year, arriving exhausted and hungry at the end of the last leg of their epic journey. It is a remarkable tale of migration, and it is told here at the Miranda Shorebird Centre. Even without the birds, this is also a lovely, undeveloped shore of shell-banks and tidal flats that make for great walking ground with views over to the Coromandel stretching out into the blue horizon.

  • Prices: September to March is the main breeding season for a variety of Arctic birds.
  • Contact: Firth of Thames, 283 East Coast Road, Pokeno
  • Tel: 09-232-2781
  • Email: shorebird@xtra.co.nz
  • Web: www.miranda-shorebird.org.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Rapaura Watergardens

Thames

Botany & gardens

Rapaura is a 64-acre tranquil haven of soothing native greenery. Marvel at the summer water lilies in the 14 lily ponds, and take the bush walk through the tree ferns and native trees up to the cascading waterfalls. The gardens are a veritable paradise of peace. I loved the sculptures and art pieces scattered around, echoing the beauty of the surroundings. Sally and Sacha have just opened the Koru at rapaura cafe/restaurant, where they serve 'dam' good coffees and delectable (trust me on this one) home-baked food.

Rapaura Watergardens
  • Prices: Adults $10, children (aged 5 - 15) $4.
  • Contact: 586 Tapu-Coroglen Rd, RD5, Thames 3575
  • Tel: 07-868-4821
  • Fax: 07-868-4821
  • Email: info@rapaura.com
  • Web: www.rapaura.com
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Driving Creek Railway

Coromandel Town

Train journeys

The trains climb up through native forest, through short tunnels, high trestle bridges (one of which is double-decked) and five reversing points up to the terminus, the Eyefull Tower. From here, grand sweeping views of the Hauraki Gulf and islands, and forest-covered mountains are to be enjoyed. Owner Barry Brickell originally built the narrow-gauge railway to bring clay and firewood down to his potteries below.

Driving Creek Railway
  • Prices: Hour-long round trip is $20 adult, $11 children. Pottery is sold in the 'station' shop.
  • Contact: 380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel Town
  • Tel: 07-866-8703
  • Email: railway@drivingcreek.co.nz
  • Web: www.drivingcreekrailway.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Coromandel Highlights

  • Get out the binos at watch the temporarily resident birdlife at the Firth of Thames near Miranda. Thousands of birds, especially the ones from Siberia and the Arctic, have flown as far as you have, but with slightly more effort, to reach these shores for some winter sun to breed.
  • Follow the crimson trail made by summer's blooming pohutukawas, the NZ 'Christmas tree', as you drive north up the coast from Thames. Cross over the peninsula's forest-clad mountain spine and come down the east coast's rugged coastal route.
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