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Cycle from Auckland to Rotorua over 8 magnificent days of road biking through the Coromandel Peninsula. The Coromandel Peninsula is a cycling gem lying east of Auckland, in one of New Zealand's most diverse and breathtaking locations. Luxuriant forest and mountain backdrops set the scene. See a giant kauri tree and ride a bush railway at the quaint town of Coromandel. Bike by superb beaches and stop for a dip at lunchtime.
- CategoryRoad Cycling
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration8 days
- Culture LevelFamiliar
- Skill Level2 - Novice
- Activity Level2 - Moderate
- Elevation2 - Moderate
- Distance147.3 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance24.5 miles
The tour starts in Auckland, (pop. 1.3 m) New Zealand's largest and most cosmopolitan city. It is situated on a narrow isthmus between two beautiful harbors, the Manukau on the Tasman Sea, and the Waitemata on the Pacific Ocean. Rides around the inner harbor offer excellent views of Rangitoto and other islands in the Hauraki Gulf, as well as a panoramic view of the city and its distinctive harbor bridge.
On day 2, visit Thames, the main center of the Coromandel Peninsula. The town was formed in 1870 from two smaller settlements -Shortland and Grahamstown -which were founded to support gold mining in the early 1860s. The lure of gold and logging caused the town to grow rapidly. At one stage it looked likely to surpass Auckland as New Zealand's main center. But, as often happens, the gold ran out and the town's population stabilised. With nearly half of the population of the endemic Wrybill found at Miranda during part of the year, and with numbers of shorebirds often exceeding 10,000 the Miranda coastline is almost a mandatory stop for any birdwatcher passing by.
Later on in the tour, visit two of New Zealand’s favorite natural attractions, Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach. Cathedral Cove is one of New Zealand’s most popular tourist locations. The picturesque cove is named after the large cave which features a cathedral-like archway. Cathedral Cove was featured in the film ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian’. Hot Water beach has a hot thermal spring right on the edge of the beach where you can dig your own private spa pool and relax while you take in the stunning scenery.
A farm stay will give you the opportunity to meet some real "Kiwis". Finish at the geothermal spa town of Rotorua with the opportunity to experience the local Maori culture.