New Zealand makes for a challenging place to visit, not only because it’s so remote, but also because there is something worthwhile to see in every corner of the country. On our trip, we (wisely) chose to spend time on the incredibly beautiful Coromandel Peninsula — which is less than a two-hour drive from Auckland. During our stay (for which we previously blogged about our amazing and affordable accommodations), we fell in love with the region, which features a magnificent coastline and an extremely pleasant lifestyle. Here, we capture the beauty of Coromandel in words and pictures:

Small islands line the Coromandel Peninsula, adding to the beauty of this lush coastal paradise — where hidden coves and unforgettable beaches are in abundance.

The Purangi River mouth, opposite Cooks Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula, creates a beautiful inlet for kayaking, swimming and spectacular sunsets.

The Coromandel coast, as seen from the track that hugs the shoreline. The track provides an invigorating approach to the beach, and starts just north of Hahei and winds through lush pine and puriri groves.
Hot Water Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula unleashes a Kiwi experience unlike any other. A hot water river flows from the interior of the earth to the surface, landing on this long, sandy beach for all to enjoy. People come from miles to dig small hot tubs in the sand and soak away the day.
Cathedral Rock is a must-see stopping point on any trip through New Zealand. The Te Whanganui-A-Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve, marked by a beautiful cove, is one of New Zealand’s most recognized landmarks. The nearby cave adds to the area’s stunning beauty.