Coromandel Day Trip (Cathedral Cove And Hot Water Beach) - Auckland

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 11 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    6:30 AM Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
  • Departure Details :
    Sky Tower, Victoria Street West, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We can pick up from Central City Hotels/Backpackers/Apartments etc.
    The pick up times vary.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


The Coromandel is a real Bucket List NZ destination!
This Day Trip includes The classic must do's of Cathedral Cove/Narnia and Hot water beach.
We give you 2 hours at Cathedral Cove, (time to explore, relax and swim if you choose)
We alter our itinerary daily so you'll be at Hot water beach as close to low tide as possible.
We provide shovels and help you to find the good places to dig your own natural spa.
We also include the Mount Paku summit climb which larger tours can't access, and is a real favorite.
Our day trips are small groups. (8 Max) plus a friendly guide to show you around. We go at a slow pace, and include time for lunch, so you can really enjoy, and soak up this beautiful part of the world. After a long day of epic views, and beautiful beaches we are sure you'll have a great night's sleep. Don't miss this once in a lifetime experience!

Know More about this tour

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Sky tower

Morning Pick Up from Sky tower or Central City Hotel/Backpackers

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Coromandel Forest Park

Enjoy the drive, that takes you over the Coromandel Ranges to the eastern side of the Peninsula. This rugged mountain range is covered in beautiful native forests, and you'll see an abundance of native ferns and palms and other trees as you wind through the Mountains.

Stop At: Hot water beach

Check out these stunning natural hot springs that come up onto the beach and can only be accessed at low tide.
Remember to bring swimwear and a towel if you want to have a dip.
We'll provide shovels so you can dig your own natural spa.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Cathedral Cove Walk

Your guide will drop you at the start of the Cathedral Cove walk.
This coastal track is about a 30-40 minute walk each way, and has some ups and downs in both directions. The walk will take you through ferns and forests and offer some stellar coastal views.
The beach at the end of the walk is beautiful and used as a scene in the Narnia Films. You're welcome to have a swim if you wish.
You'll have time to swim/relax/explore at the beach before starting the walk back.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Mount Paku

A short steep climb to the summit of Mount Paku. This walk offers great views 360 degree views over Tairua, Pauanui and Slipper Island. And a chance to stretch the legs.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Sky tower

Drop Off back in Auckland Central or at Hotel

Duration: 5 minutes


Pickup and drop-off from central Auckland Accom

Kiwi guide

Visit to Cathedral Cove

Visit to Hot Water Beach

Mount Paku Summit

Use of Shovels

Entry/Admission - Hot Water Beach

Entry/Admission - Cathedral Cove Walk


Food and drinks, but great local breweries/cafes may be visited along the way

Entry/Admission - Sky Tower

Entry/Admission - Sky Tower

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

A minimum of 2 people is required for this tour to go ahead.

A maximum of 10 people per tour

Very occasionally tide times will mean the tour cannot access the springs at Hot Water Beach, but mostly we can adjust the tour to suit.

We will message you the itinerary the day before your tour with the exact pickup time. Please log into your booking to see this message.

Guests are welcome to bring a packed lunch however the cafe offers great options.

Comfortable clothing and footwear, swimwear and a towel are recommended.

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 24-Feb-2020

    It was a wonderful day. Cathedral Cove beach was magnificent and the "hot beach" a unique and fun experience. The first stop, a hike up to a viewpoint, was nice but could be omitted, if they wanted to shorten the day a bit. It is important especially for any older travelers to realize that good hiking shoes and a hiking stick are advisable, mainly the stick for the first, shorter hike. Although I was the only one in the group that needed the hiking stick, (being short, female and in my 60s), it really helped me navigate the rocky "stairs" on part of the first view point hike. Next, the hike itself down to Cathedral Cove takes at least 45 minutes each way, and there are many stairs without a handrail. Even though you are essentially walking down to the beach from the parking area, the walk is a good mixture of "up and down" in each direction which helps. The beach/scenery are MAGNIFICENT!!!! I go to the gym regularly, but I would say if a person is older and does not exercise, this would not be a good choice. Otherwise, it was FABULOUS! Pick up at hotel, all on time, our tour director (female, in her late 20s, sorry I forget her name) was delightful, informative, patient, and super nice. It was a highlight of my 4 week stay in NZ. We did have enough stops for food/snacks/bathroom breaks, but I brought some snacks anyway. And a water bottle is def needed. Be sure to bring a large enough backpack (or 2 bags) to carry your things. I wore my swim suit under my clothes, which made it easier to only have to fully change after all the activities were finished (after the hot pool beach). Just want to be sure people know this day does require some physical effort!!

  • 20-Feb-2020

    This was a great tour. Scenery was fantastic. Our tour guide, George was fantastic and full of information.

  • 19-Feb-2020

    A great day trip while traveling through Auckland! The sights are breathtaking and the beaches are beautiful. The Hot Water Beach is so relaxing and a must do.

  • 11-Feb-2020

    Wonderful trip to Cathedral Cove (that was the highlight for me). The Hot Water Beach was a little crowded (Sat. of a Holiday Weekend) and the view from Mt. Paku was super. Clay was a great guide.

  • 10-Feb-2020

    This tour with Rachel was fabulous! It exceeded my expectations! Rachel was an exceptional and outstanding tour guide! She was knowledgeable, professional, kind , sensitive and caring. You could truly tell she cared immensely about her clients and the tours the tours she took them on- very passionate and enthusiastic! I have been on many tours in my life time of experiences and Rachel is by far the cream of the crop. I hope all get a chance to experience a tour with Rachel to Coromandel!!

  • 10-Feb-2020

    The Cathedral Cave and Hot Water Springs trip was great. It took a few different digs to find hot water, but we did find some. Lots of people at the spot, but still pretty cool to do. Cathedral Cove was very scenic, but it does take quite a walk up and down hills, but it was worth it. It was a nice relaxing day and our tour guide Rach was awesome. She was full of energy and very knowledgeable and easy to talk to. The only downer is the 2 hours ride back, but if you want to see something that is very unique, what's two hours. Plus if it was closer there would be even more people. It was worth the time and money.

  • 10-Feb-2020

    This is a really cool day trip from Auckland. Cathedral Cove is an absolute must see if you are visiting New Zealand and Hot Water Beach is definitely an interesting experience. Be forewarned though, there is hiking involved- the walk to and from Cathedral Cove requires a reasonable amount of fitness so if this is problematic for you, opt to take the boat to the cove rather than do the walk. We had the BEST guide! She not only gave us great insights throughout our trip, she also gave us great suggestions on what to do in other areas of New Zealand.

  • 10-Feb-2020

    This trip was wonderful. Our guide Rachel was the best. We had such a good time. Hot water beach was really busy, but we still managed to find a spot. Our guide made sure we all were able to experience this. The hiking was beautiful and so worth it. Highly recommend.

  • 06-Jan-2020

    Great organised tour! The your guide was friendly and informative. The activities for the day were well planned out with enough time to spend at each locations.

  • 23-Dec-2019

    Get ready to experience something unique. Dig your own hot pool on the beach! See the Narina teleport cave and enjoy walks in nature. Great experience, Clay our van driver and our guide was pleasant and enhanced the experience.

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