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Welcome back to the Coromandel

14 May 2020

Hospitality businesses are putting out the welcome mat from today now that New Zealand is in COVID-19 Alert Level 2 and non-essential travel across the country is permitted.

Cyclists at Port Jackson

(Photo: Cycling at Port Jackson)

Hospitality businesses are putting out the welcome mat from today now that New Zealand is in COVID-19 Alert Level 2 and non-essential travel across the country is permitted.

“We’re open for business!” our Mayor Sandra Goudie says. “Welcome back to the Coromandel. The opportunity for people to travel domestically will be a light on the horizon for those in our visitor industry," she says.

"Now that people can travel again, our holiday home owners will be hanging out to get back to the Coromandel, as will other people keen to get out of the cities and see some of our sights. The upcoming school holidays will provide opportunities too," Mayor Sandra says.

“But please remember, there are government requirements around physical distancing, gatherings and contact tracing under Alert Level 2 that we need to follow if we’re to avoid a second wave of COVID-19.”

Details on these requirements are on the government’s COVID-19 website

Things to do

Here are a few ideas of things to do for both visitors and locals over the coming weeks and during the next school holidays:

Cruise, sail, kayak, snorkel or dive around Cathedral Cove and surrounding coast, the Alderman Islands, or the islands just off Whangamata.

A fishing charter either on the Firth of Thames or on the open ocean side of the Coromandel.

Pinnacles Walk or shorter walks in the Kauaeranga Valley near Thames. Check out our Coromandel Tracks and Trails Guide for ideas of other walks and bike trails accessible from our town centres.

Ride your bike on the Hauraki Rail Trail – start or finish in Thames.

Golf – Pauanui’s Lakes Resort is home to an 18-hole international course. And there is golfing in most of our other towns.

Take a trip on Driving Creek Railway, through regenerating native trees, stunning views and sculptural masterpieces. Or take their adventurous Zipline experience.

Check out the Destination Coromandel website for more ideas or pick up their Visitor Guide, available at visitor centres and i-SITES around the district.

i-SITES and Visitor Centres

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All but Whangamata are reopening from tomorrow, Thursday 14 May.

Thames i-SITE:  10am – 1:30pm, Monday to Saturday, closed on Sunday.

Whitianga i-SITE: 10am – 1:30pm, Monday to Saturday, closed on Sunday.

Coromandel Town Visitor Centre: 7 days a week, 10am-3:00pm.
Tairua Visitor Centre:  Monday-Friday, 10am - 2pm.

Pauanui Visitor Centre: 7 days a week, 10am - 4pm.

Whangamata Visitor Centre: Opening from 25 May, 7 days a week ,  10am- 3pm at this stage but will assess the situation and may reopen sooner.

For more information on our visitor centres, and on visiting the Coromandel, go to the website of Destination Coromandel, our regional tourism marketing organisation.

Events Forum:

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A working group had been established for event organisers around the district to share ideas and information.

Contact our District Events Coordinator if you are interested in joining or to find out how Council can support your event going forward.

Te Waka, the regional economic development agency, is hosting a hospitality sector webinar about getting customers "back in the habit" of coming in and seeing you and purchasing your products. Information and registration here.

Motorhome Friendly Towns promotion


For tourism-related businesses, the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association (NZMCA) is launching a multi-pronged promotional campaign to kickstart motorhome tourism – at no cost to businesses that wish to participate.

A key component of the campaign will be Motorhome Friendly Celebration – a full-colour magazine to be produced and distributed to the NZMCA’s 95,000-plus members in late July.

Focussed on encouraging members to get out and support the Motorhome Friendly Towns (MHFTs), the publication will feature a double-page editorial spread on each of the 56 MHFTs.

In our district, Coromandel Town, Whitianga and Whangamata are Motorhome Friendly Towns. These are places vetted by NZMCA as providing amenities and services that guarantee motor caravanners a warm welcome and enjoyable visit.

To participate, get in touch with:

  • Judy Murray Motorhome Friendly Towns (MHF) & Special Events Coordinator 09 298 5466 (ext 707)
  • Gillian Rutherford Club Affairs Manager 09 298 5466 (ext 706)