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On most occasions, when travelling from Auckland to Coromandel, travellers use the main highways (SH1 + SH2). But when time is less of an issue, I suggest taking the alternative scenic route. This is the very same route I cycled on my arrival to New Zealand nearly 30 years ago. Pleasing to say, that not a lot has changed on this route.  The scenery is just the way I remember it back so many years ago!

Coromandel hills

Best route to travel from Auckland to Coromandel Peninsula

If you decide to travel this route, you will love the road between the Auckland Botanical Gardens via Kawakawa Bay and Miranda – it is absolutely stunning! If you have a look at this map, you will get quite a good idea of scale, plus the lay of the land…

Get off the highway into NZ country roads

Believe me, you will be relieved to get off the main highway at the Auckland Botanical Gardens (near Manukau). Because from here, you will truly experience the real ‘New Zealand heartland. Your worries will pass by the lush rolling hill country. I’m always heartened to see sheep grazing here – just the way it was so many years ago now.  The great thing is, that if you are travelling in Spring season (more infos on NZ seasons and weather here), you can stop briefly to enjoy the sight of lambs frolicking around – they always make a great photo. All this tranquility is just a mere 20 min from the hustle and bustle of Auckland Airport!

Coromandel sheep

And hey, this photo tells the true story.  Even after biking this route so many years ago, I still find that the roads are relatively empty! Having these roads pretty much to yourself, really does add so much more to the scenery.

Coromandel roads

Stops along the way – travel from Auckland to Coromandel

Now if you want to get from A to B as quick as you can, highways come in very handy- they certainly have their place.  But if you’re travelling a beautiful country like New Zealand, I urge you to take any chance to can to get off those highways By the way, make sure you get to visit the Coromandel Oyster Company. They have this cute little mussel & oyster shop. Their reputation is founded on serving the “freshest” mussel and oysters in the whole of the Coromandel!

Coromandel Mussel shop

The alternative route between Auckland and the Coromandel only takes an extra 45 minutes and it’s far more interesting. Its a great way of starting your New Zealand vacation. Do stop at these wonderful lookout points on the Coromandel Peninsula. I guarantee you’ll be wowed by the scenery. Also, you can travel the Coromandel in New Zealand winter season.

Coromandel lookout

Check out some further North Island travel blogs:

Happy travelling from Michael!

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