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Should we change Napier for the Coromandal area?

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Should we change Napier for the Coromandal area?

Wondering if we should include the Coromandel area in our itinery in place of Napier?

We are also going to visit Bay of Islands 1 night only, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua, Taupo and Auckland.


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1. Re: Should we change Napier for the Coromandal area?

Depends what you are interested in - I think Napier (and Hawkes Bay generally) is a fantastic area, and especially if you would like to visit a few wineries.

Coromandel is also a fantastic area - I think it partly depends which parts of the Bay of Islands you are visiting when you are up there, as some of the coastline around the Bay of islands is similar in some respects to the Coromandel.

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2. Re: Should we change Napier for the Coromandal area?

Having been to both, I'd choose the Coromandel. But it does depend on what you're there for: gorgeous beaches, hiking, tiny towns says Coromandel.

Napier is a pretty town, and we did love the wineries between there and Gisborne. But it's a fair amount of driving, whether you come over the hill from Taupo or over the hill from Opotiki. The setting for Napier is less dramatic than the Coromandel, and the beaches don't compare.

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3. Re: Should we change Napier for the Coromandal area?


Better beaches in the Coromandel but Napier is a lovely place to visit.

I was there recently for the first time in a long time and I had forgotten just how pleasant a place it was - clean and tidy, interesting architecture, nice places to eat, some very sophisticated shops not to mention the wineries and friendly and helpful people. The drive over from Taupo is also very pleasant.

Personally I would opt for Napier particularly as you will have been to the Bay of Islands - but it really depends on your interests and how you want to spend your time.

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