Cathedral Cove coastline, Coromandel  Tourism Coromandel

Pacific Coast Highway

The Pacific Coast Highway encompasses a large area of the upper North Island. Hugging the coastlines of five distinct North Island regions - Auckland, Coromandel, the Bay of Plenty, Eastland and Hawke’s Bay - the Pacific Coast Highway is a relaxing journey of variety and discovery.


The Pacific Coast Highway begins in Auckland, giving you the opportunity to explore New Zealand’s largest and most cosmopolitan city, offering all manner of shopping, eating and entertainment. Auckland City is within easy access to some of the region’s best vineyards, beaches and attractions.

The Coromandel

The Coromandel bursts with colour and vibrancy year round; carpeted in bush and awash with artistic people. A water sport and recreation paradise with a vast coast and many walking tracks, Coromandel is home to many scenic highlights including Hot Water Beach, Cathedral Cove, Mercury Bay & Karangahake Gorge.

Bay of Plenty

Continuing around the coast towards the southeast takes you into the bountiful Bay of Plenty region.  Blessed with a warm climate and inviting swimming beaches, the "Bay" deserves its reputation as the place to be over the summer. Relax at 'The Mount', taste kiwifruit at Te Puke, or walk on White Island - a live marine volcano!


The vast Eastland coastline is home to innumerable small bays and beaches, just waiting to be explored. An area rich in Maori culture and history, Eastland is a great place to visit a local marae or take a tour of Whangara - the tiny settlement made famous in the film Whale Rider.

Hawke's Bay

There’s no better way to end your journey along the Pacific Coast Highway than to visit the food and wine capital of New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay. NZ’s oldest wine growing area is populated with outstanding vineyards and wineries, and is famous for its Art Deco architecture, wildlife encounters and family activities.


 Shopping in Downtown Auckland, New Zealand.  Tourism Auckland


 Walkers beneath a pohutakawa tree in Coromandel.  Tourism Coromandel



 Main Beach, Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.  Tourism Bay of Plenty



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Route Map

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Route Facts

  • Approx. 1027km long
  • One way (either direction)
  • Minimum duration: 4 days
  • Start: Auckland or Hastings
  • End: Hastings or Auckland
  • Nature, city life, coastal, scenery, history, culture, wine & food, walking, wildlife
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