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Tourism Spotlight: Coromandel

Posted on 25/11/2015 by
Cathedral Cove, one of the Coromandel's most recognisable landmarks. Photo credit: Wikipedia

Cathedral Cove, one of the Coromandel’s most recognisable landmarks. Photo credit: Wikipedia

This is the third post in our Tourism Spotlight series. Each month we report on a different tourism region in New Zealand, giving you the lowdown on local career opportunities and attractions. Enjoy!

Visible from Auckland on a clear day, the Coromandel Peninsula is one of the most popular summer destinations in the North Island. With the Hauraki Gulf and Firth of Thames to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east, the peninsula is dotted with stunning white sandy beaches and quaint coastal townships.

Below is a summary of the region’s key tourism drawcards and the types of jobs it offers.

A popular holiday destination

The Coromandel is the setting for many classic Kiwi camping holidays. During summer, families flock to the campgrounds, pitch a tent and enjoy a few weeks of uninterrupted bliss. Others own baches or holiday homes, which are often available for rent.

Thanks to its close proximity to Auckland, Waikato and the Bay of Plenty, many tourists flock to the Coromandel Peninsula all year round to soak up its beautiful sea views, native rainforests and friendly villages.

In every small town you’ll find a few shops and cafes, as well as campgrounds, B&Bs, motels and hotels. If you’re interested in working in the accommodation sector, this region could be an ideal place to call home.

Rich in history and culture

The Coromandel has a rich and interesting history, making it a fascinating place to explore for history enthusiasts. From the old gold mining town of Waihi to the Karangahake Gorge historic walkway, there are plenty of places to learn about the region’s past.

If you’re interested in this line of work, a job as a tour guide or working for an information centre could be for you. In both these roles you’d be able to share your enthusiasm for history and culture with visitors to the area.

Outdoor adventures

Like the rest of New Zealand, the Coromandel offers plenty of adventurous activities to keep outdoorsy types happy. There’s several excellent mountain biking tracks, as well as beautiful coastal walks. Some tourists opt to rent paddle boards, kayaks or snorkelling equipment to make the most of the ocean.

There’s also a few places for adrenalin junkies to get their heart rates up, such as the Fun Zone Adventure, Paintball and Family Park. If you enjoy working outside, you might like to keep an eye out for adventure tourism opportunities in the region.

In conclusion: top tourism employment areas in the Coromandel

  • Hotels, motels and campgrounds
  • Tour guiding and customer service
  • Adventure tourism

Do you live or work in the Coromandel? Have we missed any important industries? Please comment and share your experience with us below!

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