THINGS TO DO
AT DRIVING CREEK VILLAS
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.
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 .
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
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 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)
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.
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.
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)
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
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)
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
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
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
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)
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
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 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)
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.
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
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 (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)
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, 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)
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)
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)
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)
At Cape Colville and the Islands of Mercury Bay are some of New Zealands best Dive spots.
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