Eastern North Island tourist information

  • Eastern North Island tourist information

Eastern North Island visitor information

The Pacific Coast Highway travels along the spectacular east coast of the Central North Island and is known for its quality and attractive vineyards.

The Coromandel offers visitors unique and dramatic scenery, with unspoiled coastlines, native pohutukawa trees, coves and harbours on the western side and beautiful white sand surf beaches on the east.

Moving down the east coast you'll find Gisborne with its beautiful beaches, and the Bay of Plenty which also offers hundreds of kilometres of beaches, harbours and islands. This is where you will find New Zealand’s only active marine volcano, White Island.

Also located within the Bay of Plenty you'll find the resort city of Tauranga. This is an easy going and upbeat part of the country where the beautiful natural harbours provide a playground for water activities, swimming with dolphins and some of the best sea fishing anywhere.

Continuing on south, the next stop is the Hawkes Bay where you'll find Napier. A city well worth visiting, Napier, is full of remarkable Art Deco architecture that attracts attention from Art Deco enthusiasts from all over the globe.

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As you travel around the Eastern North Island region, look for the sign you can trust. i-SITE is New Zealand's official network of visitor centres.

East coast/Hawkes Bay i-SITE
Bay of Plenty/Coromandel i-SITE

 

  • QUICK FACTS - COROMANDEL
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  • Population
  • 25,176 (as at 2001 census)
  • Climate
  • The Coromandel is blessed with some of New Zealand's best weather, making it a year round destination.
    Temperatures reach between 24 - 31C in the summer months and average around 12 - 14C in the middle of winter.
  • Cultural mix
  • The Coromandel Peninsula has a prominent European Ethnic population with a small percent (15%) say they belong to the Mäori ethnic group, and a even smaller proportion of Pacific peoples (1.5%) and Asian people (1.2%).
  • Famous for
  • For Coastlines lined with native Pohutukawa trees Beautiful white sandy beaches, with crystal clear waters
    Cathedral Cove
    Hot Water beach
    Big Game fishing
    Goldmining History
    The Home of L&P soft drink
  • The people
  • Artists
    Barry Brickell – Pottery and Rail Journey
    Alan Rhodes – Pottery
    Roland - Arts and Craft @ Bay Carving
    Toney Howse – Wood Sculpture
    Guity Evelyn – Contemporary Artist

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Travel along  the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, which stretches more than 380km from Hawkes Bay through to Wairarapa, Wellington and over Cook Strait to Marlborough in the South Island. These regions are the premier wine growing areas of New Zealand, many renowned internationally for the quality and distinctiveness of their award winning wines. New Zealand is a new world wine growing country and as such has applied a fresh approach and ingenuity into producing the unique tastes on offer. Visit www.classicwinetrail.co.nz for ideas.

Hawkes Bay is a renowned food and wine region with over 70 vineyards.  Its also New Zealand’s oldest wine region and you can travel via the most northern entry point to the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail. Hawkes Bay offers many food and wine trails and weekend farmers markets allow you to meet and buy from the grower directly:
Hawkes Bay Farmers Market, Hastings -  discover Hawkes Bays finest producers and artisans supplying their wares in the relaxed atmosphere of a traditional farmers’ market. Start the day with breakfast. Meet the growers and producers, talk with them about their products. Imagine a place where you can buy food in the old-fashioned way. Meet the grower, producer or maker, and talk with them about their products. 

The Urban Market, Napier
A traditional market, where you can buy produce direct from the source.  See, touch, smell and often taste the goods.
You’ll be able to sample the exceptional wines of Hawkes Bay and visit the cellar doors to find and taste what makes the region’s wines so sought after. Hawkes Bay is New Zealand’s premium red wine producing region and the second largest wine region in the country:

Esk Valley, Napier
One of Hawkes Bays finest boutique wineries. Recognised for its unique, hand-crafted wine styles, it is one of the few wineries that still hand-plunge red wines in the traditional manner to create a softer and more elegant style.

The winery, cellar shop and famed terraced vineyard are nestled in a small picturesque valley in Hawkes Bay, one of New Zealand's premium wine regions. This sunny, sheltered valley overlooks the South Pacific Ocean and provides the perfect microclimate for ripening grapes.

Clearview Estate, Te Awanga
Is famous for its chardonnay, Bordeaux style reds and restaurant in the red shed. The restaurant sits among the vines in a well-established coastal setting near Cape Kidnappers. Specialising in brunches, lunches, weddings and functions, the comprehensive seasonal menu features inspired and creative dishes using Hawkes Bay Wine Country produce.

Mission Estate, Taradale
Established in 1851 by the French Marist religious order, Mission Estate Winery is New Zealand's oldest winery, and is internationally regarded as a producer of superb quality wines. The stunningly refurbished seminary building nestled in the Taradale Hills overlooking Napier is also home to the cellar door and the celebrated Mission Restaurant.  The Mission Estate cellar door is one of the most visited in New Zealand. The cellar has gone through a number of challenges including relocating, fires, earthquakes, expansion and more recently the completion of the spectacular underground cellar. Join us in an historic tour and taste an extensive range of award-winning wines

The Bay of Plenty region  was named for its plentiful 'fruit bowl' properties and its fertile soils and warm climate are ideal for growing just about any type of produce, especially the iconic kiwifruit.

Although the region is renowned for growing kiwifruit, other produce such as avocados, grapes, citrus and subtropical fruits are also plentiful.  With so much fresh produce in our backyard, it’s easy to enjoy locally grown fruits and vegetables. Restaurants and cafes make good use of locally-grown foods in creative ways.  If you’re looking for a nice place to enjoy a hot drink or a meal, the Bay of Plenty region offers a number of restaurants and cafés located in scenic spots. Or enjoy a nice meal or drink in one of the region’s award-winning wineries.

The Coromandel and surrounding areas are a walker's dream with a centre dominated by a range of jagged mountains and its fringes scattered with picturesque coves and beaches.  Here are some easy walks we’ve chosen that allow you to experience the beauty of the region:

Waimama Bay Walk, Waihi
This well formed track will take you through bush and around farmland before descending into a beautiful bay. A great place for exploring rock pools.  Time: 1 hours return

Cathedral Cove, Whitianga
Probably one of the most well known walks on the peninsula. From Cathedral Cove visitors can access Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve as well as Gemstone Bay, Stingray Bay and Mare's Leg Cove. A snorkeling trail is located in Gemstone Bay.

Cathedral Cove is so named because of the natural rock arch joining it to Mare's Leg Cove. In time, this arch will collapse to form an offshore stack such as Te Hoho Rock at the northern end of Cathedral Cove. 2  hours return

Cooks Monument, Whitianga
In 1769 Cook made landfall in New Zealand at a place south of what we know today as the Mercury Bay. He then headed north and anchored at Cooks Beach, where he spent a few days and observed the transit of Mercury across the sun. The sighting of the Transit of Mercury is commemorated on Cooks Beach by a cairn of Coromandel granite which tells the story; "In this bay was anchored 5 Nov 1769, HMS Endeavor, Lieutenant James Cook RN, Commander. He observed the transit of Mercury and named this bay."   2 minutes return.

Havelock North Walks
Allow 1 1/2 hours to walk around Havelock North Village visiting historic  sites and structures. A further 1/2 km walking trail along the Karamu Stream, which flows through the village, holds special geological and ecological interest. An additional walk takes you through the Tainui Reserve with its interesting mix of indigenous and exotic trees.

Bluff Hill Walk, Napier
starts on Marine Parade and includes many Victorian Hill homes. Allow 2 ½ hours to complete.

Middle Hill Walk, Napier
Explores the northern side of the Hill and view William Colenso’s home, allow 2 hours to complete.

Waterfront Trail, Napier
This is a 25km coastal trail featuring sites related to the 1931 Earthquake, beginning on the Marine Parade and extending through coastal suburbs of Westshore and Bay View. Allow three hours.

The region has numerous golf courses to challenge your skills. Choose from 9-hole courses where you can hone your skills or take on a number of 18-hole courses set in beautiful surrounds.

Omanu Golf Club, Mount Manganui
Play a round at Omanu Golf Club and enjoy a relaxing, friendly experience. Located adjacent to Mount Maunganui's Bayfair Shopping Mall Pleasant gently rolling 18-hole irrigated course

Omokoroa Golf Club, Tauranga
Western Bay Golf Links is an 18 hole easy walking picturesque golf course situated on the shores of the Tauranga Harbour. It is just a 15 minute drive north of the city on the Omokoroa Penninsula.

Tauranga Golf Club, Tauranga
Tauranga Golf Club is located at the Tauranga Racecourse Reserve only 10 minutes from the Tauranga City CBD, two hours by road from Auckland and 40 minutes from Rotorua, the Tauranga Golf Course

Pauanui Golf Club & Golf Shop, Pauanui
"The Pines" and "The Lakes" provide golfers with superb fairways and immaculately groomed greens throughout the year. Both courses are situated in picturesque sylvan settings.

The Dunes Golf Resort, Whitianga
The Dunes golf course is without doubt one of the most picturesque and more challenging courses in New Zealand today. Sitting at the tip of the sand spit, its dune-sand base makes for an ideal all-weather course. Sea and harbour views from most holes. Fully equipped shop offering club hire, golf cars and lessons.