The Coromandel had it volcanic origins many thousands of years ago (there is NO volcanic activity anywhere on the peninsula). The result was a rugged peninsular backbone and wonderfully scenic beaches - some of the best surf beaches in New Zealand!
The area around Mercury Bay used to be known for its kauri forests, gum and flax (visit the Mercury Bay Museum for more information). Today, water sports (boating, fishing, sailing, surfing and kayaking), craftspersons (bone carvers, potters, spinners, knitters and painters) and it's visitors dominate the scene.
There are restaurants at all the places mentioned and Hot Water Beach has 2 cafes (one is just "two doors" away).
Diving, kayaking and fishing trips can all be arranged; they are 10 minutes to half an hour away.
Life guards are on duty at Hot Water Beach during the Christmas-January period - beware the rip tides!