Hi everyone! We will be on the North Island in December and would like to spend Christmas on the Coromandel Peninsula. We aren't sure where to stay - we will be hiring a car but would like to be near a beach (we're from the UK so Christmas on the beach is a must!), and at least within reasonable driving distance to Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove.
We're backpacking so won't have a huge amount of money to spend, but we don't want to be in dorms. Looking for somewhere quite quiet and relaxed that we can have a chilled out couple of days. Can anyone recommend anywhere? Advice on towns/areas as well as specific hostels//lodges/B&Bs very welcome.