Pacific Coast Drive
Driving along the Pacific Coast from Auckland.
Pacific Coast Drive
Thursday, December 19, 2002
Catriona takes a leisurely drive from Auckland to Napier via the Coromandel Peninsula and a dip at Hot Water Beach is a must.
The locals refer to the Coromandel Peninsula as the Coromandel, but there is also a small and quaint town called Coromandel, so don’t be confused.
The inlets and offshore islands of the Coromandel Harbour are popular spots for boating enthusiasts. The road leaves the coast here and cuts through the hills and valleys to the town of Coromandel. This is where gold was discovered in 1852, resulting in a gold rush. These days the peninsula is more famous for its beautiful beaches.
Hot Water Beach sits on earth that is thermally active, so the sand and nearby springs are warm. People say a soak is very therapeutic.
Just a little further on is Cathedral Cove its white beaches and beautiful blue water are perfect for showing off the interesting rock formations.
The further you travel along the highway the more the scenery changes. It’s easy to see why so many people love to go there.
The Pacific Coast Drive runs from Auckland to Napier on New Zealand’s North Island.
Hertz have seven-day car hire starting from $377, including unlimited kilometres.Qantas flies daily to Auckland and has a special deal for Getaway viewers, valid until midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time on August 13, 1999. Return economy airfares start at $399 from the east coast, $499 from Adelaide and $799 from Perth to Wellington, Auckland or Christchurch.
Hertz 13 30 39
Qantas 13 13 13
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