New Zealand’s a little country but you won’t see it ALL in 2 weeks! Unless you are on unlimited time, you might be faced with having to make a choice between visiting the Bay of Islands or the Coromandel. So if you gotta make the choice, Bay of Islands v Coromandel for the time-strapped traveller, read about these handy tips.
Bay of Islands & Northland
Consideration 1: From Auckland, the Bay of Islands will take 4-5 hours, whereas the Coromandel will take only 2-3 hours. Don’t let the maps fool you. The road to the Bay of Islands is winding and will take longer than you think.
The Bay of Islands is a sub tropical paradise with lush native bush. This is where you’ll find Eagles Nest, Kauri Cliffs Golf Resort, Allegra House, Cloud 9, Harakeke Gardens villa and much more. We stayed in April, a beautiful Autumn month and wore short-sleeved tea-shirts most of the time.
Consideration 2: You can fit the Bay of Islands into any part of your trip but I think a New Zealand itinerary flows better if you visit at the END. It’s the ideal location to unwind and the last impression is very important, right? To justify the 4-5 hour drive, you’ll need to stay in the area for at least a couple of days.
The Bay of Islands is home to the Waipoua Forest and mighty Kauri trees, 90-mile beach and let’s not forget the Waitangi Treaty grounds. If the weather’s right, you might even enjoy a Dolphin swim.
Consideration 3: BUT if you’re Time-strapped, take the shorter drive to the Coromandel. The Coromandel also has Kauri trees and beautiful beaches located on the eastern side.
Last time, we stayed in one of the Puka Park Resort’s treehouses. Loved being nestled in all that dense native bush. If you’re looking for a more boutique level of comfort, there’s always Waihi Beach Lodge the charming Mussel Inn B & B or the luxurious 970 Lonely Bay Lodge.
So chill out folks, slow down a little and start creating those beautiful memories.
Happy Travelling in the Bay of Islands or the Coromandel Peninsula!