Whangapoua on the Coromandel Peninsula has a good surf beach and a large harbour.

Whangapoua on the Coromandel Peninsula has a good surf beach and a large harbour.

Mitre Peak is an iconic mountain in the South Island of New Zealand. It is one of the most photographed peaks in the country.  The distinctive shape of the peak in southern New Zealand gives the mountain its name, after the mitre headwear of Christian bishops. It was named by a survey crew from the HMS Acheron.  Part of the reason for its iconic status is its location. Close to the shore of Milford Sound, in the Fiordland National Park in the southwestern South Island, it is a stunning…

Mitre Peak is an iconic mountain in the South Island of New Zealand. It is one of the most photographed peaks in the country. The distinctive shape of the peak in southern New Zealand gives the mountain its name, after the mitre headwear of Christian bishops. It was named by a survey crew from the HMS Acheron. Part of the reason for its iconic status is its location. Close to the shore of Milford Sound, in the Fiordland National Park in the southwestern South Island, it is a stunning…

Milford Sound (Piopiotahi in Māori) is a fjord in the south west of New Zealand's South Island, within Fiordland National Park, Piopiotahi (Milford Sound) Marine Reserve, and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. It has been judged the world's top travel destination in an international survey (the 2008 Travelers' Choice Destinations Awards by TripAdvisor) and is acclaimed as New Zealand's most famous tourist destination.

Milford Sound (Piopiotahi in Māori) is a fjord in the south west of New Zealand's South Island, within Fiordland National Park, Piopiotahi (Milford Sound) Marine Reserve, and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. It has been judged the world's top travel destination in an international survey (the 2008 Travelers' Choice Destinations Awards by TripAdvisor) and is acclaimed as New Zealand's most famous tourist destination.

Te Punga Island off Whangapoua Beach, Coromandel

Te Punga Island off Whangapoua Beach, Coromandel

Hahei Beach Coromandel - just walk through the hole in the rock

Hahei Beach Coromandel - just walk through the hole in the rock

Old rustic woolshed (still functioning) on the farm at Whangapoua Beach.

Old rustic woolshed (still functioning) on the farm at Whangapoua Beach.

Sunrise across Lake Rotoehu

Sunrise across Lake Rotoehu

Mists over the hills Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

Mists over the hills Rotorua, Bay of Plenty

The beauty of this landscape draws thousands of visitors each day, with between 550,000 and 1 million visitors in total per year. This makes the sound one of New Zealand's most-visited tourist spots, and also the most famous New Zealand tourist destination, even with its remote location and the long journey from the nearest population centres.

The beauty of this landscape draws thousands of visitors each day, with between 550,000 and 1 million visitors in total per year. This makes the sound one of New Zealand's most-visited tourist spots, and also the most famous New Zealand tourist destination, even with its remote location and the long journey from the nearest population centres.

Wharf at Whangapoua Harbour.   Whangapoua is a 2 hours 45 minutes drive from Auckland.

Wharf at Whangapoua Harbour. Whangapoua is a 2 hours 45 minutes drive from Auckland.

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