Coromandel takes its name from the HMS Coromandel, which dropped anchor here in 1820 to load kauri logs for the English navy. The trunks of young kauri trees are very straight and strong – ideal for ships’ masts and spars. The Coromandel’s other treasure, gold, was discovered around 30 years later. 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. Coromandel also has many restored Victorian buildings. Other local attractions include a narrow gauge mountain railway, mining museum and the Coromandel Coastal Walkway.
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Discover the Coromandel Peninsula
Walk through the beautiful regenerating Kauri forest full of fern trees and along the old tracks of Puketui, the 1890's gold mining town. See sparkling glowworms in historic gold caves as you hike past remnants of the mining days, now claimed by nature. Hike over farmland and enter into remote forest with crystal-clear rock pools surrounded by lush semi-tropical rainforest. Pass by spectacular flora with giant ferns, palms, ancient kauri, and rata trees. Travel deep into a hidden valley, past volcanic rock walls that rise 200 metres and swim in a deep pristine pool.
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