Leaving from Auckland?
Head south out of Auckland, your escape starts as you turn off SH2. Perhaps take a chilled out day with some stops enroute. Head along the Hauraki Plains. Maybe take a break and divert to Ngatea Watergardens or Blueberry Orchard (December to February). Continue on and cross over the Kopu Bridge. Head left at the roundabout continuing on SH25 into Thames, the old mining town rich in history. The best place to take in some of this history is by taking a Goldmine Experience Tour.
Continue north on the coastal road to Coromandel Town. A detour off the main road at Tapu for a lunch stop perhaps is highly recommended – Koru at Rapaura Watergardens (closed for winter season however). This route is scenic as the coast is lined with Pohutukawa Trees. Photo stop opportunity as you descend into Coromandel Town at Kereta Hill. Or if you are an oyster fan a little further on is Manaia and here we suggest a visit to Coromandel Oyster Company which is open 7 days a week year round.
Coromandel Town had New Zealand’s first gold strike and its historical buildings remind you of this era. Take some time to wander around. Or if you are hungry and enjoy seafood we suggest Coromandel Mussel Kitchen complimented by a MK Brew. Continue up and around the coast about 1 hours driving non stop past Matarangi, Kuaotunu & Wharekaho Beaches to Whitianga.
One other stop we recommened on your way is to turn off at Te Rerenga and head left into Whangapoua Beach. Take the 30 minute walk into the unspoilt New Chum Beach. Be sure to remember your camera. Or maybe stop at Lukes Kitchen in Kuaotunu for delicious wood fired pizza. Another 15 minute drive from here will see you at your accommodation destination – Crows Nest Apartments Whitianga.
For a car less option why not take a relaxing 2 hour scenic ferry on Fullers 360 Experience from downtown Auckland to Coromandel Town. A great weekend escape. Once arriving take time to explore or connect to Whitianga taking 1 – 1 ¼ hours via Whangapoua & Kuaotunu. Bookings are essential and check timetables. Return options available also. Recommend a minimum of 2 nights stay to experience the beauty of this region.