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NZ Bush Tip No. 1

Stay healthy in the bush by trying some of our native plants medicinal properties. Eat fern shoots which are high in Vitamin C. Drink kawakawa tea to purify the blood and spread honey from the Manuka tree for its high UMF factor.

 
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Coromandel

The Coromandel is New Zealand's coastal playground. Stunning white sandy beaches and warm, turquoise water are offset by rocky coves and lush native bush. The abundance of pot clay has attracted artists to this area for decades, and it is only rivalled by Nelson for its thriving artistic community.

Must experience:

  • Body surf Hahei beach or just enjoy the view framed by the bright red flowers of Pohutukawa trees
  • Dig for hot water while being cooled by the surf on Hot Water Beach, thanks to the volcanic ring of fire beneath
  • Sea kayak or walk to Cathedral Point
  • Look for gold and enjoy the waterfalls up Karangahake Gorge
  • Explore beautiful native forests of kauri

Facts at a glance

  • In 1769, Captain Cook observed the transit of the planet Mercury across the face of the sun in Coromandel - hence some of the names of the region's beaches and bays, such as Mercury Bay and Cook's Beach
  • The 19th century was the busiest time in the Coromandel history, with gold mining, logging and kauri gum extraction

Accommodation

Panoramic views over the Mercury Bay and over the night lights of Whitianga and Cooks Beach from most parts of the Whitianga Sea Views house
Panoramic views over the Mercury Bay and over the night lights of Whitianga and Cooks Beach from most parts of the Whitianga Sea Views house

Umoya Lodge is set in 35 acres of native forest with huge views. Choose between the Luxury Suite or the Retreat
Umoya Lodge is set in 35 acres of native forest with huge views. Choose between the Luxury Suite or the Retreat

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