Coromandel is a long, majestic peninsula largely protecting the Hauraki Gulf from easterly winds and ocean swells. On its western side are Coromandel Harbour and Te Kouma: secluded harbours with enchanting bays and sandy beaches. The historic mining town of Coromandel, only accessible at high tide even by dinghy, offers quaint cafes which specialise in seafood delicacies from the local marine farms.

Out around Cape Colville the eastern side is open to the big ocean swells: bays on this side can get very uncomfortable as the wind drops off!