Top things to do

Top Choice Cafe in Paeroa

Refinery

Get pleasantly lost in the Refinery, a spacious showcase of 1960s and 1970s Kiwiana style including a turntable where customers are encouraged to play the vinyl records that fill overflowing bins. Good coffee and fo…
Top Choice Cafe in Coromandel Town

Wharf Road

Bringing cosmopolitan cool to Coromandel Town, Wharf Road offers the opportunity to ease into another day equipped with excellent coffee, interesting brunch dishes such as avocado bagels or Turkish eggs with chilli …
Top Choice Museum in Waihi & Waihi Beach

Gold Discovery Centre

Waihi’s superb Gold Discovery Centre tells the area’s gold-mining past, present and future through interactive displays, focusing on the personal and poignant to tell interesting stories. Holograms and short movies …
Top Choice Cafe in Waihi & Waihi Beach

Surf Shack

On the outskirts of Waihi Beach, the Surf Shack is definitely worth a detour for its plate-filling salads and quite possibly the best burgers in New Zealand. Other menu highlights include snacks inspired by the stre…
Top Choice Cafe in Kuaotunu & Around

Luke’s Kitchen & Cafe

Luke’s Kitchen & Cafe has a rustic surf-shack ambience, cold brews including local craft beer from the tiny Blue Fridge Brewery, and excellent wood-fired pizza. Occasional live music, seafood and creamy fruit sm…
Top Choice Cafe in Whangamata

Port Road Project

Sleek Scandi style makes the new Port Road Project a standout in sleepy Whanga. Join the locals on the sunny, shared tables and partner the all-day menu with fine coffee, Hamilton craft beer and cider, and a good wi…
Top Choice Cafe in Karangahake Gorge

Bistro at the Falls Retreat

The Bistro at the Falls Retreat is located in a wooden cottage under a shaded canopy of trees. Gourmet pizzas and rustic meat dishes emerge from the wood-fired oven on a regular basis, and there’s a great little pla…
Top Choice Pub in Hahei

Pour House

Home base for the Coromandel Brewing Company, this pub and bistro regularly features around five of its beers in a modern ambience. Platters of meat, cheese and local seafood combine with decent pizzas in the beer g…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Thames

Bounty Store

Excellent arts and crafts shop with loads of local products and a quirky selection of Kiwiana NZ works. Highly recommended for distinctive souvenirs and gifts.
Top Choice Mine in Thames

Goldmine Experience

Walk through a mine tunnel, watch a stamper battery crush rock, learn about the history of the Cornish miners and try your hand at panning for gold ($2 extra).