In our ‘Complete Guide’ series, we’re going to be visiting some of New Zealand’s most popular tourist destinations and getting the inside track from our GO Explore followers on the best places to stay, eat, drink, sunbathe and more. Instead of just finding out what the guidebooks tell you, find out what the locals and the travellers think when it comes to the best place to get an ice cream, the best fish and chips and the best cocktail you’ll ever taste! We’ll also recommend the best rental car for your road trip and make sure we get you there in style!

The latest in our series of Complete Guides takes us to the Coromandel Peninsula on the North Island, just a short two and a half hour drive from Auckland and home to some of the country’s most beautiful beaches as well as some of the best fish and chips in the world. Let’s get GOing!

Worthy of an honourable mention is the Coromandel Township which is situated on the west coast of the peninsula. Coromandel Township offers up a different experience to the east coast destinations of Whitianga and Hahei but still has some good accommodation options as well as some nice places to eat out.

Best accommodation on the Coromandel Peninsula

Obviously there are a lot of places to choose from when you are picking your accommodation for the Coromandel Peninsula – it’s a pretty big area with lots of different towns where you can choose to stay. We’ve pulled together our top five accommodation options for different budgets and in different locations across the peninsula. These top tips come from our GO Explore fans.

Best places to eat out on the Coromandel Peninsula

There are hidden gems all over the Coromandel which is why it’s a good job we have our Go Explorers to help you to pick out some of the best. Here are some of top restaurants, takeaways and cafes on the Coromandel Peninsula – let us know what you think.

Best Beaches on the Coromandel Peninsula

Probably one of the most difficult categories to narrow down due to the abundance of amazing beaches on the Coromandel Peninsula but once again, our GO Explorers have come to the rescue. Take a peek at the top five beaches on the peninsula:

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