Forming a protective barrier to the eastern side of the Hauraki Gulf, 55Km away from Auckland, the Coromandel is a renowned for its natural beauty, misty rainforests, untouched beaches and laid-back atmosphere. It is one of NZ's most popular holiday destinations, especially amongst locals. Feeling energetic? Follow in the steps of the early pioneers, logging and mining, on the Pinnacles walk or take the family on bikes to ride the Hauraki Rail Trail. Want to chill out? New Chum beach is consistently voted as one of the world's top beaches: only accessible on foot or by boat, this protected stretch of golden sand is fringed by Pohutukawa and native forest.