First Stop Coromandel and Cathedral Cove
Coromandel Peninsula is an Aucklander’s favourite destination as it’s only about a 2 hour 30 drive East from Auckland. Cathedral Cove is close to Hahei, a small summer village on the east coast, with lots of caravan parks and hotels. In summer time, however, it becomes quite busy with tourists, so try to arrive early enough to park at Cathedral Cove car park (on top of the cliff) and you won’t have to walk.
Cathedral Cove is a dreamy beach with golden sand and turquoise water where you can chill for the day or kayak and snorkel if you feel like it. You have to walk 30mins to reach the cove, where you’ll be surrounded by beautiful small islands like in Thailand.
Our tip: get up early in the morning to catch the sunrise – guaranteed sensations!