Coromandel, Family Activities

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  • Jolly Bikes

    JollyBikes is a rental business for classic and electric bicycles. We can organise shuttle service as well for you.
    We offer MTB hard tails and hybrid (touring) bikes.
    We also offer electric bicycles. You can cruise along with less effort or take it more sportive.
    We offer different frames, stepthrough, with bar, mountain bikes or folding. These can be chosen at the time of handover, subject to availibility.

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  • Kiwi Guardian Outdoor Adventures

    Get the kids outside to have some FREE family fun connecting with nature at Toyota Kiwi Guardians sites nationwide.

    Toyota Kiwi Guardians highlights family-friendly, treasure hunt style activities at specific Department of Conservation sites that encourage kids to engage with the outdoors and, ultimately, earn themselves a medal for their efforts.

    The goal of the conservation programme is to turn Kiwi kids into guardians of the land and sea.

    A total of 50 sites are operational nationwide. Families can get started on their adventure by downloading the appropriate “treasure hunt” map from: www.kiwiguardians.co.nz

    Click on the area of New Zealand nearest to where you are to find the choices available closest to home.

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  • Sea Cave Adventures

    Get Closer, Experience More!
    Experience the coastline of Whitianga and Hot Water Beach like no other.
    Explore deep inside the majestic sea caves and witness the magical acoustics and thriving sea life. Take in the Golden beaches, offshore islands, blowholes, towering rock faces and the famous Cathedral Cove - home to the set of Narnia: Prince Caspian movie set.
    We get in closer so that you are able to experience more. With over 25km of Volcanic Scenery, this truly is the perfect cruising coastline.

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  • Hot Water Beach

    Within two hours either side of low tide visitors flock to Hot Water Beach to find hot water bubbling through the sand. Families and kids can be seen digging their own spa pool in the sand and relaxing in the natural springs. A must see to go and visit!

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  • Coromandel Goldmine Experience

    A guided tour takes you through an operational, 19th century Stamper Battery & into one of the richest goldmines of the time. A self-guided tour allows you to explore the photographic museum, view a video presentation, discover mining relics, see steam-powered machines, & become acquainted with our Cave Weta colony.

    Try your luck at gold panning!

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    • Phone: 07 868 8514
    • Location: Located on the corner of Moanataiari Road and State Highway 25, at the northern end of Thames
  • Rangihau Ranch

    The picturesque bush-clad hills and valleys of Coroglen hide a colourful pioneering history. Giant Kauri once stood here, gold prospectors and gum diggers prospered amidst these hills. We run a team of 30 well-conditioned trekking horses to suit all ages, size & experience of riders. Young children are well catered for with small lead-rein ponies available. Your trek can last one, one and a half or two hours and must be booked in advance.

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    • Phone: 07 866 3875
    • Location: 111 Rangihau Road, Coroglen, Coromandel
  • Mussel Barge Snapper Safaris

    Come and enjoy the fabulous fishing amongst the mussel farms. See the harvesting barges in action, working the myriad mussel farms in and around Coromandel Harbour and enjoy our awesome scenery at the same time.

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    • Phone: 07 866 7667
    • Location: Hannafords Wharf, Coromandel Town
  • Cave Cruzer Adventures

    Enjoy the spectacular volcanic scenery of Cathedral Cove with its abundant marine life and crystal clear turquoise coloured water. There’s a good chance to see Blue Penguins and possibly Dolphins/Orcas.

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    • Phone: 07 866 0611
    • Location: Cave Cruzer departs Daily from Whitianga Wharf
  • Hauraki Rail Trail

    The Hauraki Rail Trail is the easiest riding Trail in New Zealand, with various stages allowing for comfortable trail cycle rides. Choose from just bike hire or their 1 day guided bike trails right through to multi-day options for the more adventurous of families.

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    • Phone: 07 868 5140
    • Location: 407 Mackay Street, Thames, Coromandel
  • Glass Bottom Boat - Whitianga

    Enjoy the marine wildlife from the safety of a glass bottom boat in this unique two hour trip. View dolphins, penguins and the amazing fish life in the first Marine Reserve to be established in the Coromandel Peninsula. You can also snorkel (equipment is supplied).

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    • Phone: 07 867 1962
    • Location: 16 Monk Street, Whitianga
  • Ages 4+

    Cathedral Cove Dive & Snorkel

    Situated at the base of Cathedral Cove and only 5 minutes to Hot Water Beach, Hahei offers spectacular ocean diving and snorkeling trips both within the stunning Marine Reserve plus the outer islands, pinnacles and volcanic coastline outside of the Marine Reserve boundaries.

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    • Phone: 07 866 3955
    • Location: 48 Hahei Beach Road, Hahei
  • Bay Carving

    Produce your own bone carving! In two to three hours with the help of Maurice, the World Renowned Carver, you can make your very own personal souvenir to take home. Carving takes two to three hours and prices depend on the design.

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    • Phone: 07 866 4021
    • Location: The Esplanade, Whitianga
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Our favourite destinations…

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Auckland

New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!

Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.

Christchurch

With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.

Queenstown

With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.

Rotorua

Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!

Northland

Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.