Opito Bay is one of the best holiday destinations on the Coromandel Peninsula. Here you can explore the crystal clear waters via kayak or swim, beach walk, boogie board and may even be lucky enough to do so with the dolphins and whales that are known to frequent this spot on occasion. This beach provides super safe swimming for kids with amazingly clear water. You can take a short walk up some steep but well maintained steps at the end of the beach to gain a spectacular horizon view that is speckled with Islands- an area of stunning beauty, a family friendly safe and natural paradise.
Otama Beach With minimal housing, protected dunes and an amazing white sand north facing beach Otama is one of the more untouched beaches on the Peninsula. The glistening white sand squeaks as you walk on it and the beautiful clear waters are perfect for swimming and snorkelling and offers good surfing conditions. The beach is backed by a protected wetland nature reserve and rolling dunes with a small collection of houses and beaches at each end.
Kuaotunu - once a thriving gold mining town, this area offers a good beach, fishing and access - via the famous Black Jack Road - to the picturesque white sand beaches of Otama and Opito.
Whitianga, the fastest growing town on the Coromandel Peninsula is ever popular with tourists and attracting more people wanting to enjoy an idyllic work-play lifestyle. Take a launch or fishing trip, sea kayak, be fascinated by the amazing seascapes of our marine reserves or soak up the underground thermal minerals at The Lost Spring. Whitianga is also the perfect location for shopping, relaxing, dining and a multitude of tours and activities available year round.
Matarangi & New Chums Beach
Matarangi is approximately 25 minutes drive from Opito - a beautiful little resort town with an endless beach and a spectacular golf course. Whangapoua is a small settlement, close to the famous New Chums Beach, which has been voted in the top 10 beaches to visit in the world.
Coromandel Town is full of history from New Zealand's early gold mining and logging days. Set on a natural harbour, the town was named after the ship H.M.S Coromandel, which called here in 1820 to collect kauri logs to make spars for the British Royal Navy. A gold strike in the late 1860s saw the town's population shoot up to 10,000. Although the serious mining days are over, the town has New Zealand’s last fully functional stamper battery - still on its original site and working on a daily basis. These days, Coromandel Town is a quiet, charming settlement and an artists' haven. As well as galleries and craft shops showcasing the local talent, Coromandel has many restored Victorian buildings, a narrow gauge mountain railway and a small mining museum.
There's got to be a good reason why 130,000 people walk the coastal track to this beautiful bay. The majestic arch joining Mares Leg Beach and Cathedral Cove is a photographers dream. Situated within Te Whanganui a Hei Marine Reserve there is great snorkelling and swimming. The track begins at the northern end of Hahei.
Hot Water Beach
People come to Hot Water Beach for the unique experience of digging their own natural spa pool. There are two fissures at Hot Water Beach issuing water as hot as 64C (147F) at a rate as high as 15 litres/minute. The beach also boasts some great surf, cruisy cafés and galleries.
Distances & Driving Times
|Opito Rising to:||Distance||Travel Time|
|Otama||5 km||8 min|
|Whitianga||25 km||30 min|
|Coromandel Town||37 km||45 min|
|Thames||91km||1 h 45 min|
|Auckland||214 km||3 h 10 min|
|Tauranga||189 km||2h 55min|