A cornucopia of venue treats 14,15 May

We're doing another sortie to enjoy the plethora of varied scenery & venues just a hop & a step away from where we live

This tour shows you some of the beautiful sights of the Coromandel, samples some fare, visits venues you may not have been to before & shows you how much of the area is burgeoning with construction.

We'll begin, 14 May, by taking the pretty route over the hills to Whangamata, where we'll stop at Luv Coffee for a coffee/tea & scone, before moving on to have a look at Hahei & going to Cathedral Cove Macadamias


We will travel to Cathedral Cove, Hahei. We'll just enjoy the vista from the looking platform as, you need to be very fit to descend the umpteen steps to the beach. Our next stop will be at Cathedral Cove Macadamias. We'll receive an interesting talk about how the orchard runs through the year & view the processing facilities.

"Our macadamias are hand-picked & certified organic. Macadamias are high in fibre & anti-oxidants; contain vitamins A, B group and E, are high in beneficial mono-unsaturated fats and are cholesterol free."

This venue has a large range of macadamia products which you can purchase, if you're so-inclined. But we warn you - their macadamia brittle is tremendously addictive!


At our next venue, Hot Water Brewing Co, you will get a chance to sample

- Liqueurs from Purangi Estate (Our favorite was the Manuka Honey Liqueur.)


Craft beer


Green/Black/ & Lapsang Souchon teas

with a piece of pizza to wash them down.


We will move to MercuryBay Estate for shared platters for lunch - and a flight of wines or a tea/coffee. The restaurant has stunning views of the vineyard & Mercury Bay.

We will then proceed to our accommodation (Peninsula Motel) in Whitianga, and enjoy dinner in the evening at Salt. Those who wish to can be taken to & returned from The.Lost Spring if they wish to have a swim, but the swim will be at your own cost.


May 15, after leaving our accommodation, we will head to Coromandel for for a coffee & scone/muffin at Umu, then travel on to the world-renowned Driving Creek Railway, where you will see the pottery of the late Barry Brickell & ride on his masterpiece to the "Eyeful Tower".

This train ride is one of the most popular Coromandel attractions and a New Zealand must-do. The trip will take you on an amazing railway situated in the hills. It will only take 1-hour, round trip. The track ascends and reaches a viewing platform (The Eyefull Tower) located 165 m above Coromandel. Amazing natural scenery and pottery sculptures can be found along the track.

The train ride includes short tunnels, 2 spirals & 5 reversing points, while climbing up to the Eyefull Tower.which gives a panoramic view of the Hauraki Gulf.

Those not wanting to go on the train will be dropped in the Township for shopping.

Before leaving Coromandel, we will stop at Hot Smoked, so that those of you who like smoked sea-products can purchase them. (We will take a chilly bin for storage until you get home.)


After leaving town , time permitting, we will visit the kauri grove & waterfall on the 309 Road, before looking at the delights of The Waterworks, where we will have a light lunch. This venue was voted by AA Tourism as 'a must do kiwi experience' & has a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. "It is a theme park with a difference. Set in 5 acres of native Coromandel bush... is an array of water-powered inventions, quirky contraptions and fun to discover at every turn."

The picturesque cost road to Thames willlead us to our next venue.


This venue makes BioGro certified organic cheeses, yoghurts and more products that are unhomogenised, gluten free, have no GMO, no artificial additives, no antibiotics or growth hormones and no chemical sprays.
They make a range of cow milk cheeses including:
Traditional Dutch Gouda, Feta, Camembert, Brie, Halloumi, Blue, Mozzarella, Natural Liquid Yoghurt, Lactose Free Yoghurt, Kefir Yoghurt, Buttermilk, Greek Yoghurt, Quark, Cottage Cheese, Sour Cream ​& Ghee.

We'll enjoy a tasting before wending our way home, happy & replete!


COST: $840.00pp;($755.00pp.Twin Share) Includes: Door-to-door transport, accommodation (Peninsula Motel), tastings, morning teas, lunches, 1 dinner, entry fees, Continental breakfast.

Deposit ($80.00)pp. required on booking; Remainder by 14 April.

Ph: (07) 5441383 or 027 5224607

Payment can be posted to the above address or made to account:

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