Snapshots: The Coromandel Peninsula

The Coromandel Peninsula is pretty much the closest weekend getaway from Auckland. Less than three hours’ drive and you’ll find yourself dipping your toes in the ocean while admiring Cathedral Cove, patting pigs on road 309, straining your neck trying to glimpse the top of kauri trees, or watching the sunset on Whitianga beach.

Not pictured: the wonderful Hot Water Beach on Mercury Bay, where visitors can dig their own pools at low tide and paddle around in the natural spring’s burning hot water –  basically a free spa, but with the added possibility of a beer…

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