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The Coromandel Peninsula

Located 2 hours southeast of Auckland City, The Coromandel is known for stunning, white sand beaches including Cathedral Cove and the famous Hot Water Beach, where underground hot springs allow visitors to dig their own hot tub in the sand. Ideal for children, you can take a 50-minute ride on a toy train, pan for gold, rent kayaks, fish, swim with dolphins or hike over miles of trails. Keep in mind, it's crowded in the summer. Accessible by car – take Highway 1 South to Highway 2 East, then follow Highway 25 east to the Coromandel Peninsula.


Travel down Highway 1 to Hamilton, head west toward the Tasman Sea and you’ll wind up in Raglan, an artsy/craftsy surf town located about 2 hours southwest of Auckland. The town is quiet and laid back, without many children’s activities beyond building sand castles and playing in the waves. However, about a half hour further south on Highway 1 are the Waitomo Caves, where you can travel by guided boat down an underground…