4 Must See Kayaking Spots Around the Coromandel!

4 Must See Kayaking Spots Around the Coromandel!
Sonia Kumar

Written by Sonia Kumar

One of the best ways to explore these beautiful waters is to hire a sea kayak and make your way around the majestic coastline of the Coromandel. Here are four must see spots.

1. Whitianga - Cathedral Cove

If you are departing from Whitianga be sure to visit the world-renowned Cathedral Cove where you can manoeuvre your kayak inside the number of blowholes and sea caves. The Cathedral itself, is a magnificent arched cavern that enters the peninsula between the two coves. The rock formations and crystal clear azure water will leave you breathless. Paddle through sea caves, or hire snorkelling gear from the nearby Marine Reserve, to enjoy interacting with the local sea life. Access to the caves is open year round but be sure to check the tide charts. Coromandel mornings offers the calmest sea conditions and mild winds. We recommend giving Cathedral Cove Kayak Tours a look. They are the only kayak outfitters landing at Cathedral Cove, daily.

2. Whitianga - Hot Water Beach

For just over two hours before and after low tide, this beach offers the ability to create your very own “hot pool.” Simply dig out an area of sand and relax in nature’s hot tub as the hot water spring fills the basin with bubbly relaxing water. The Coromandel Peninsula offers one of the more premiere diving experiences in the world. Check out Dive Zone Whitianga for customised lessons and top notch gear for hire.

3. Coromandel Town - New Chums Beach

The calm waters of Kennedy Bay are perfect for beginner paddlers. Watch for the iconic White Heron, often seen fishing the same waters. You will want to paddle up the coastline to New Chums Beach, located in Wainuiototo Bay, near Whangapoua. This isolated spot features idyllic sugar-sand covered in native plants offering an unspoiled attraction. It has been voted as one of the top deserted beaches by Lonely Planet magazine. Continue on to Waikawau Bay, the perfect spot for fishing, camping, picnicking, and more. Don’t be surprised if you are joined by a family of dolphins as you paddle along. Be sure to stop in at K Bay Kayak and Paddleboard Hire for user friendly gear and the best prices around.

4. Whangamata - Hike and Surf

Paddle over to Whangamata, and experience, beaches, rain forests, waterfalls, and world class surfing. Golden and white beaches are the gateway to a robust interior forest. Easily hike in, to see the majestic cascading falls. It is also one of the few places that offer surfing lessons in the area. So, whether you are an advanced surfer seeking epic waves, or a beginner looking for lessons — there is a programme just for you at Surf n Stay, Surf School & Hire store


Kayaking is where your journey exploring the Coromandel begins. With so many sights to see and new activities to try, the adventure you can experience here is limitless, so book your next Mighway trip to the Coromandel today!


If you’re looking to make the most out of your stay in the Coromandel, check out our short clip where our interpid host, Tim, shows you a bit of what this beautiful region has to offer: