“The Coromandel Peninsula juts into the Pacific east of Auckland, forming the eastern boundary of the Hauraki Gulf. Although relatively close to the metropolis, the Coromandel offers easy access to splendid isolation. Its dramatic, mountainous spine bisects it into two very distinct parts.” – Lonely Planet
The Coromandel Food Trail Guide – An extensive guide on eating all over the peninsula
Before deciding where to stay, it will probably be more helpful to decide what you want to do first and then plan around it. Nothing is too far away from each other but certain things need earlier start times than others.
Warning: I would like to point out that I feel through all of the research I did on Hot Water Beach I was not given realistic expectations. We planned around the tide but there were only several small stretches of beaches where the hot water was present and the rest of us suckers who didn’t find the right spot just made sand castles and the largest hole possible with the shovel we paid $5 for. It was still a nice day and a fun experience, but we left feeling a bit cheated.
This guide may help you find it more successfully. I would also recommend bringing a shovel. It does actually make a world of difference. Don’t rent them in the parking lot though as they’ll cost at least $10 per shovel. Hot Waves Cafe was renting for $5 (plus a deposit) back when we were there in 2018.
3 -4 days, less if you’re not doing the Pinnacles hike