by Adam Campbell

Coromandel town

Relax and have a break in our beautiful, laid-back town while getting away from it all. Discover Coromandel town from your base at Koru Riverside Retreat.

Coromandel town and surrounds is known for its cultural and historical significance as well as for the vibrant creative people who have settled in the region. Combined with our superb restaurants and cafes, ocean and bush based adventures, our historical architecture and our region’s rich Maori heritage, you’ll have a great getaway experience – whatever your personal preferences. Below are some of our personal favourites.

Driving Creek Railway

Ride this charming narrow-gauge mountain railway, take in spectacular Gulf views, a working pottery, wildlife sanctuary, and gift shop. view their website

Star and Garter Hotel

A lovely antique bar with giant leather chairs and the friendliest staff anywhere. Bar food and dinner menu available, with all food coming from The Peppertree next door. Exclusive wood-fired pizzas. Regular live music, Sky TV, pool and internet access. Woodfire in winter. This place is a classic! view their website

Homegrown Market

Friday mornings in the centre of town – local and homegrown produce and crafts, baking, organic and gluten free, and more… (closed over winter)

Colonial Architecture

Come into the local Information Centre and pick up a Historic Places Trust brochure which details the Heritage Trail in Coromandel Town.

Local Supermarket

Coromandel Foursquare in new building – they stock a great selection of specialty foods and heaps of organic options. Free-range eggs, organic fruit, a big selection of breads, all the beverages you wish for, organic coffee beans, the list goes on.

Driving Creek Cafe

They serve delicious cuisine, coffee to sing about, fresh juices, smoothies, and wonderfully wicked home baking. Their free WiFi, beautiful garden surrounds and well stocked secondhand bookstore will provide a great spot to take a break and refuel between outings and activities.

The Mussel Kitchen

They collect, cultivate, harvest, cook and serve to you their very own green lipped mussels from our harbour, guaranteeing freshness that is full of flavour and quality. Come along and enjoy Coromandel’s freshest green lipped mussels. Watch hand made products being prepared, eat them on site or take away their beautifully prepared products with you. Breakfast from 9, lunch from 10. Closed over winter. view their website

The Peppertree Restaurant and Bar

This multi award winning restaurant offers a unique dining experience. Enjoy the sun soaked courtyard and shaded verandas over summer or one of their open fires over winter. Specialising in fresh local seafood and modern NZ cuisine. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner.

Local Knowledge

Ask a local, get a real answer – at Coromandel town’s own, cute Tourist Info. Browse their comprehensive website for further ideas or get in touch for personal help. go to their website

image at top of Star and Garter Hotel, Coromandel © macronix