In town you will find clothes and gift shops, a 4Square supermarket, garage, bank, fishing shop, hardware shop, three pubs, cafes and two fish and chip shops. There is also Umu and The Pepper Tree restaurants for meals out.
Most people who visit this area also make a point of stopping at
Driving Creek Railway, just 3km out of town, where there is a railway and a pottery, plus a good café nearby.
It’s a narrow-gauge railway that climbs up into the bush, up to the Eyeful Tower. There are some impressive tunnels lined with bottles and the railway itself is a real feat of engineering. After the rail trip you can check out the local art and pottery for sale in the shop. Quirky but fascinating it’s $35 each but a great day out. www.drivingcreekrailway.co.nz.
Driving Creek also offer a zipline canopy tour for $127 for two and half hours. Two guides outfit you with the safety equipment and then you can fly through the trees with the birds.
An 18-minute train ride will take you up the railway to the start of the ziplines. The guides will then lead you along eight ziplines, high in the canopy, hopping between tree platforms, while completely safe.
If you want to find out more about the the gold mining history of Coromandel, the information centre offers Boom, Bust and Beyond tours. The 90-minute walk for $20 is full of interesting tales of logging and gum digging, the gold rush and the big fire in 1895 that nearly wiped out the whole town. Book at the information centre in town.