Coromandel, New Zealand

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Coromandel town
Coromandel is located in North Island
Coordinates: 36°45′18″S 175°30′8″E / 36.75500°S 175.50222°E / -36.75500; 175.50222
CountryNew Zealand
DistrictThames-Coromandel District
 (June 2019)[1]
 • Total1,760

Coromandel, also called Coromandel town to distinguish it from the wider district, is a town on the Coromandel Harbour, on the western side of the Coromandel Peninsula, which is in the North Island of New Zealand.[2] It is 75 kilometres east of the city of Auckland, although the road between them, which winds around the Firth of Thames and Hauraki Gulf coasts, is 190 km long. The population was 1,760 as of June 2019[1].

The town was named after HMS Coromandel, which sailed into the harbour in 1820.[3] At one time Coromandel Harbour was a major port serving the region's gold mining and kauri industries. Today, the town's main industries are tourism and mussel farming.

Coromandel Harbour is a wide bay on the Hauraki Gulf guarded by several islands, the largest of which is Whanganui Island. The town and environs are a popular summer holiday destination for New Zealanders. Coromandel Town is noted for its artists, crafts, alternative lifestylers, mussel farming, and recreational fishing. One of the most popular tourist attractions is the Driving Creek Railway.


Coromandel Area School is a co-educational state composite (years 1–13) school with a decile rating of 3 and a roll of 304.[4]

Coromandel Rudolf Steiner School was a small private full primary (years 1–8) school. It closed at the end of 2007.[5]


The local Manaia Marae and Te Kou o Rehua meeting house, are a meeting ground for the Ngāti Pūkenga iwi, and its Ngāti Maru hapū.[6][7]

The Old Coromandel Hospital is a meeting place for Te Patukirikiri iwi.[6][7]

Panoramic view of the town from a lookout in the Kauri Block


  1. ^ a b "Subnational Population Estimates: At 30 June 2019". Statistics New Zealand. 22 October 2019. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  2. ^ Reed, A. W. (2002). The Reed Dictionary of New Zealand Place Names. Auckland: Reed Books. ISBN 0-7900-0761-4.
  3. ^ "HMS Coromandel". Early shipping in New Zealand waters. Archived from the original on 10 November 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Te Kete Ipurangi – Coromandel Area School". Ministry of Education. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 7 February 2008.
  5. ^ "School Closures, Mergers and New: December_2008: Te Kete Ipurangi – Coromandel Rudolf Steiner School" (XLS). Education Counts.
  6. ^ a b "Te Kāhui Māngai directory". Te Puni Kōkiri.
  7. ^ a b "Māori Maps". Te Potiki National Trust.

External links[edit]

Coromandel travel guide from Wikivoyage

Coordinates: 36°46′S 175°30′E / 36.767°S 175.500°E / -36.767; 175.500