Driving Creek Villas is 2.5 hours from either  Auckland or Hamilton.

You will arrive in Thames after 1.5 hours from either city. Thames is an obvious stop  with a good supermarket (Pak’n’Save) and at the northern end of the main street there are many cafe options.

Equally, if  you prefer to stop somewhere outside of town we recommend the relaxed Waiomu Beach Cafe, about 15 minutes north after Thames on the coast.

Thames to Coromandel town is an hour’s drive up a stunning coastal road and then climbing to the Kereta summit which affords beautiful views of the Northern peninsula and islands.