Coromandel Peninsula

The Waterworks, 5km east along the 309 Rd from SH25, is a wonderfully bizarre park filled with whimsical water-powered amusements made from old kitchen knives, washing machines, bikes and toilets.

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Nearby Coromandel Peninsula attractions

2. Lost Spring

9.11 MILES

This expensive but intriguing Disney-meets-Polynesia thermal complex comprises a series of hot pools in a lush jungle-like setting complete with an…

3. Mercury Bay Museum

9.44 MILES

A small but interesting museum focusing on local history – especially Whitianga’s most famous visitors, Kupe and Cook.

4. Shakespeare Cliff Lookout

10.69 MILES

Shakespeare Cliff Lookout has excellent views over the ocean and Cooks Beach. It’s accessed across the harbour from Ferry Landing.

5. Rapaura Water Gardens

12.19 MILES

From Tapu, a mainly sealed 6km drive leads to the Rapaura Water Gardens, a marriage of water, greenery, sculpture and platitudes. It has accommodation on…

6. Cathedral Cove


Beautiful Cathedral Cove, with its famous gigantic stone arch and natural waterfall shower, is best enjoyed early or late in the day – avoiding the worst…

7. Hahei Beach

14.86 MILES

Long, lovely Hahei Beach is made more magical by the view to the craggy islands in the distance. From the southern end of Hahei Beach, it’s a 15-minute…

8. Moko Artspace

16.57 MILES

Near Hot Water Beach, Moko is full of beautiful things – art, sculpture, jewellery – with a modern Pasifika/Māori bent.