One major point of interest on the Coromandel Half island is Hot Water beach. For two hours of low tide, you can access an area of sand in front of a rocky outcrop at the middle of the beach where hot water oozes from beneath to the surface. If you bring a spade you can dig a hole and have your own spa. People dig large holes and sit in them like hot tubs enjoying the bubbling hot water! Gorgeous! Awesome atmosphere there like on village fair.
On our way to the north we stopped at Cathedral Cove. This is a gigantic rock arch on the beach. Up the hill where the path begins the car park was busy so we had to park in the village. There is a ca. 2 hours rolling walk to get to the Cathedral Cove.
In Coromandel Town we took the Driving Creek train where a the potter Barry Bricknell built by hand over 25 years a unique train that runs up steep grades across four trestle bridges and through two handmade tunnels. The walls are fortified with glass bottles! The views from the train are astonishing. The seats in the train can be switches back when the train changes the direction. The wall fortification is out of bottle piles!
The next day we started the trip to the North: Cape Reinga.