Spend the day in Manaia, a small town boasting the motto, ‘Bread Capital’. Located on the Surf Highway route, Manaia offers plenty to do. Both locals and visitors alike are sure to enjoy the Country Music Museum, featuring a collection of artifacts from New Zealand’s music scene. Be sure to take a selfie with the infamous bread sculpture for a classic Instagram shot. And don’t forget about George, the heroic Jack Russell dog whose story can be found in Manaia and inspire travellers to find their own adventures along their road trip.
Sightseeing #1: Manaia Road Saddle and Lookout
Situated on Manaia Road, the Manaia Road Saddle and Lookout is a highly recommended viewpoint for sightseeing in the Coromandel region. The lookout can be tricky to enter from Coromandel Town due to the road’s bend, but it’s worth the effort for its unparalleled views of New Zealand’s rugged coast. On a clear day, the vista takes one’s breath away – encompassing mountains, forests, lakes and more, with moody clouds and birds soaring in the sky. It’s an idyllic location for nature lovers looking to take some memorable photos, savour a hot coffee or simply enjoy some tranquillity in a magical place.
Sightseeing #2: Mana Retreat Centre
For those looking for a more holistic experience on their visit to Manaia, the Mana Retreat Centre may offer just what they are looking for. With its wide range of courses and programmes in creative and healing arts, Mana provides a unique way to discover spirituality or mental well-being. From movement exploration to T’ai Chi, there is something here to suit anyone’s interests. Plus, guided by the experts working at the centre, guests are sure to get the full benefit of their stay here.