Five Perfect Days in the North Island
Starting each day from New Zealand's Premier Holiday Home:
Poets Corner Lodge
Orokawa Bay, Waihi, New Zealand
National Geographic Magazine just named New Zealand's North Island - especially the Coromandel Peninsula area - one of the 'World's 50 Greatest Destinations' in their "Places of a Lifetime" publication.
But here's the best part of it: If you start from the Lodge, five of the North Island’s very best things to see and do are within about a one and a half hour drive. You'll only have to unpack once! And summer in the North Island of New Zealand – unlike many parts of the world - brings very mild temperatures to enjoy these day trips in comfort. Actually, even the winters here are pretty mild.
To help you plan to take advantage of the central location of Poets Corner Lodge to these 5 wonderful adventures, we’ve written a guide for each one – each day of exploration and fun. We call it “Five Perfect Days”, and include suggestions for what to see and do for the full day, including lunch and dinner suggestions, and each afternoon we outline a couple of choices for you to consider.
If you feel like dinner at the Lodge (instead of a restaurant) any evening, you can either cook for yourself or a good local chef can come up to the Lodge and fix dinner for you from a menu, by prior arrangement through our manager.
If you’d like to do some or all of the “Perfect Days”, we might suggest booking the Lodge Sunday through Thursday nights so you’ll be sure of no weekend crowds at the more popular spots when you go. That’s the most enjoyable way in our experience.
Day One: The eastern shore of the Coromandel Peninsula, including the stunning Cathedral Cove, the Ferry Landing at Flaxmill Bay, and the town of Whitianga.
Day Two: Starting with Hobbiton. A visit to “The Shire” of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings stories- a happy, beautiful place that was the original and totally preserved village used as the set of the movies.
Day Three: The Waihi Gold Mining Experience, starting with an easy hike into the Karangahake Gorge only 20 minutes from the Lodge, where you’ll explore the mining operations of days gone by, and, if you like, see glowworms in the mines. Then on to the gold mine right in the middle of town…undoubtedly the biggest pit of gold you have ever seen – and it’s still being mined.
Day Four: The west shore of the Coromandel and Coromandel Town- a beautiful village with fun shops (and one of the best lunch spots in New Zealand) overlooking a harbor that’s a stunning mix of hues of blue and green dotted with islands. That’s also where you’ll be able to ride the Driving Creek Railroad- maybe the most remarkable personal human achievement in the country.
Day Five: The Rotorua Region. Rotorua is home of New Zealand’s Maori Cultural Center and is known as “New Zealand’s Coolest Hot Spot”…the seat of some amazing geo-thermal activity.
Click here to PRINT OR DOWNLOAD the "FIVE PERFECT DAYS" BROCHURE.Some wise person once said that you need three things to be happy: someone to love, something to do, and something to look forward to.
Make plans now for the “Five Perfect Days” and you’ll have something very special to look forward to, indeed!