THINGS TO DO

near & far

AT DRIVING CREEK VILLAS

Driving Creek, at Driving Creek Villas Coromandel, By Geoff Ball

GOLD PANNING

Driving Creek stream is a natural gem, both beautiful and fun to explore – try your luck panning in the stream where gold was first discovered in NZ back in 1852.

tui at Driving Creek Villas, Coromandel town

HEAR THE TUI!

Listen below to the sound of the tui, one of the beautiful bird songs you will hear while with us at Driving Creek Villas .

'bridge to nowhere', gardens and stream at Driving Creek Villas, Coromandel town

EXPLORE THE GARDENS AND STREAM

You don´t have to go far to enjoy the natural beauty of Coromandel – simply step outside your door and it´s all right there . Read a book in the garden, sit by the stream and listen to all the beautiful sounds, or simply cool your feet in the gentle water.

IN COROMANDEL TOWN

DRIVING CREEK RAILWAYS

Come for a 1 hour train ride on New Zealand’s only narrow gauge mountain railway, featuring stunning panoramic views and unique art features, in a replanted native Kauri forest. (0.5 km from Driving Creek Villas) www.drivingcreekrailway.co.nz

Gold Stamper Battery, Coromandel town

GOLD STAMPER BATTERY

Step back in time and view this fully operational, historic gold processing plant driven by New Zealand´s largest working water wheel. Watch them process the precious metal that made Coromandel township famous as the site of New Zealand’s first gold rush! The last NZ Stamper Battery , still working on its original site is a category 1 historic place 410 Buffalo Road, Coromandel Town. Ph. 0210 232 8262
(1km from Driving Creek Villas)

Waitati Gardens, Coromandel town

WAITATI GARDENS

Waitati Gardens right next door to the stamper battery was recently awarded NZ “Garden of Distinction”. A professional florist’s garden containing many rare and unusual plants. (1 km from Driving Creek Villas)

The Source Coromandel Artist Collective store, Coromandel town

ARTS AND CRAFTS

Coromandel is internationally renowned for its diversity of artists and craftspeople. The two principle outlets for locally produced goods are , The Source , a co-op of local artists renowned for its high quaility wares and Weta Design Store which offers arts and crafts from both Coromandel and further afield.

ceramic artist's studio (Caitlin Maloney) – pots at work, Coromandel town

ARTIST STUDIOS

It is also possible to visit some artists in their studios and watch them at work, for further information please call your host David or visit creativecoromandel.co.nz to learn more.

Coromandel local Friday market, Coromandel town

FRIDAY LOCAL MARKET

Mingle with the locals while buying fresh local produce, delicious home made foods and delicacies to eat on the spot or take home . This is Coromandel’s little market. Grow local, buy local, enjoy local! (3km form Driving Creek Villas)

Coromandel town, hsitorical museum

HISTORICAL MUSEUM

A unique journey through Coromandel’s fasinating history. On display is a wealth of early photographs and intriguing artifacts.

841 Rings Road Coromandel Town contact Sue Wright, 07 866 8039

CLOSE TO COROMANDEL TOWN

The Waterworks, 309 Road, Coromandel town

THE WATERWORKS

A highly entertaining family theme park where whimsical wonders are driven by the power of water – fun for children, more fun for adults – it brought out the kid in me! On the legendary 309 Road. (10 km from Driving Creek Villas)

Coromandel Adventures van driving on gravel road along steep coast, Northern Coromandel

COROMANDEL ADVENTURES

Tours, walks and shuttles.

Tours are available to Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach, New Chums Beach, Coromandel Coastal Walkway (drop off at Stony Bay and pick up at Fletcher Bay), the Pinnacles, and the Waiau Kauri sanctuary. Custom tours are available.
www.coromandeladventures.co.nz freephone 0800 46 2676

The Lost Spring, relaxed couple in tropical pool of hot water

THE LOST SPRING

Unwind and forget the real world for a day and come relax, rejuvenate and let yourself be pampered in style. Discover a special paradise of therapeutic natural thermal spring pools with poolside service. Enjoy delicious Pacifica cuisine at our onsite Restaurant, and pamper yourself with massage therapies & beauty treatments at The Lost Spring Day Spa. Relax and enjoy.
www.thelostspring.co.nz phone 07 866 0456

SHORT WALKS IN AND AROUND COROMANDEL TOWN

Kauri Walk, Coromandel town/Long Bay

KAURI WALK

A well formed easy walk right along the coast and through coastal native forest with beautiful young stand of Kauri trees and one impressive mature one. From Long Bay Motor Camp. 1 hr round trip. (4 km from Driving Creek Villas)

Kauri Block Walk, Coromandel town

KAURI BLOCK WALK

Relatively new well formed DOC track up in the hills above town in the west, this is an easy 1 hr walk one way. Has a fantastic vantage point on an old pa site with 360 degree views. You are able to walk it as a loop by returning past the old wharf along Long Bay Road. (3 km form Driving Creek Villas)

Success Track, Coromandel town

SUCCESS TRACK

Just behind the old Coromandel Hospital is the start of the old Success Mine track which takes you up into the hills behind town and onto the main range where it links with the Kaipawa Trig Track. Either go up and come back (approx. 2.5 hrs) or connect with the trig track and come out at Tokatea/Kennedy Bay Road summit. Return down the gravel road and have lunch and/or a coffee at Driving Creek Cafe, which is 5 min from Driving Creek Villas.

WALKS OUTSIDE OF COROMANDEL TOWN

Coromandel Coastal Walkway

COROMANDEL COASTAL WALKWAY

Stony Bay/Fletcher Bay
The Coromandel Coastal Walkway is a 7km tramping track, that takes 3-4 hours, through farm land/native bush with stunning coastal scenery (60 minutes North from Driving Creek Villas). Or you may prefer to do this as an all day tour with Coromandel Adventures (0800 46 26 76), this allows you to be dropped at Stony Bay and picked up at Fletchers Bay (including a cup of tea and biscuits). On the return to Coromandel you have the option to go on the Muriwai Track (45 minutes). A great commentary accompanies this tour.

CASTLE ROCK

Castle rock is the core of an old volcano that rises above the bush on the backbone of the peninsula. 2 hours return, the track becomes steep approaching the summit. Found on Forestory road 54 off the 309 Road 10 km south.(10 km from Driving Creek Villas)

Kauri Grove, 309 Road, Coromandel

WAIAU KAURI SANCTUARY

A further 2 km along the 309 road is a truly magnificent stand of kauri trees protected since the turn of the last century. This is a well formed track taking some 15 minutes to walk.
(12 km from Driving Creek Villas)

ON THE WATER AND FISHING

The Hauraki Gulf is the largest snapper spawning grounds in New Zealand renowned for its excellent fishing. If fishing is not your thing, enjoy the beauty of simply being on the water. View several options below.

Papa Aroha Islands Adventures, boat on water

EPIC ADVENTURES

Epic Adventures offer a friendly service, the family run ‘NZ home brewed fishing charter company’. Explore the outer islands in the northern Hauraki Gulf , on a world-class fishing adventure. Departing from Amodeo Bay

0800 37 42 69  +64 21 88 62 23 epicadventures.co.nz
Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve, Coromandel

CATHEDRAL COVE CRUISES

Tour the scenic Cathedral Cove, Hahei Beach, local islands, sea caves and blow holes. Understand the local history, geology and marine life. See Dolphins*, Orca*, seals and other marine life. Swim and snorkel in and around the marine reserve. (Diving option available as a custom tour please ask)
cathedralcovesceniccruises.co.nz free phone 0800 88 86 88

kayak on water with person fishing from it

KAYAK (FISHING) ADVENTURES and ECO KAYAK TOURS

 

Your guide, Rob Fort is a professional Kayak Fishing expert who offers a wide range of products and services through his Coromandel based business. His enthusiasm for kayaking is reflected through his active involvement in kayak education and product development.
Rob also offers Eco Kayak Tours as a non-fishing option. Enjoy paddling in a two person sit-on-top touring kayak while taking in the truly magnificent scenery on offer in this untouched location. Explore beaches, caves, off-shore islands, abundant birdlife and hidden coastline only accessible by sea.

07 866 7466  www.kayakadventures.co.nz

(4 km from Driving Creek Villas)

Coromandel town sailing club, sailboat on water

COROMANDEL SAILING

Go sailing with the Coromandel Town Sailing Club. Enjoy sailing with experienced Skippers and share in their enthusiasm for on-the-water adventures. www.coromandelsailing.co.nz

HORSE TREKS

HORSE TREKS, WHITE STAR STATION

White Star Station in Colville offers horse treks on one of the largest and most beautiful farms on the Coromandel peninsula. Horses for all levels of riders including learners are available. This is a great family activity.

07 866 6673, 021 660624
(35 minutes from Driving Creek Villas)

BEACHES

NEW CHUMS AND WHANGAPOUA BEACHES

Whangapoua Beach is a twenty minute drive from Coromandel town on highway 25. Walk 20 minutes from the northern end of the bay around the rocks to New Chums an untouched pacific coast beach of unparalleled beauty (as featured in main image at the top of this page).

(30 minutes drive from Driving Creek Villas)

WAIKAWAU BEACH

Thirty five minutes north of Coromandel town is Waikawau bay, a pristine untouched pacific beach renowned for its surf and birdlife.
(30 minutes drive from Driving Creek Villas)

HOT WATER BEACH

One hour either side of low tide, hot pools can be dug out of the sand on this Pacific coast beach.
(70 minutes drive from Driving Creek Villas)

CATHEDRAL COVE

Cathedral Cove is a must-visit part of a holiday in Coromandel. Renowned for its beauty, it is a unique feature of this beautiful peninsula. The surrounding 9 square km waters form the Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve, New Zealand´s sixth marine reserve, providing an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy an unspoiled marine environment.
(70 minutes drive from Driving Creek Villas)

DIVING

At Cape Colville and the Islands of Mercury Bay are some of New Zealands best Dive spots.

Diving The Canterbury Wreck And Cathedral Cave, DiveZone Whitianga, Coromandel

DIVE ZONE WHITIANGA

Let us show you our stunning marine playground, diving from the Alderman Islands through to great Mercury.
www.divezonewhitianga.co.nz phone 07 867 1580