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  • A winding, coast-hugging road lines most of the Coromandel Penninsula, providing endless, ever-changing scenic views. width:640;;height:480
  • At the town of Coromandel, about halfway along the penninsula, a beautiful tranquil bay lies between shore and nearby islands, giving the appearance of a calm lake. width:640;;height:333
  • Further out towards the tip of the penninsula, some beach-lined bays feature stark, craggy rock outcroppings and little vegetation. width:640;;height:480
  • ...while other bays just around the corner dazzle the eye with clear, turquoise water and neon-green grass-covered hills. width:640;;height:410
  • A lone bench stands over a remote beach backed by rough, scrubby vegetation. width:610;;height:480
  • White sand dunes run along another remote beach, protecting inland water and grasses from harsh sea weather. width:640;;height:480
  • A closer view of the lovely white dunes. width:640;;height:480
  • Around the bend from Coromandel town, a small village nestles in a beach-lined cove surrounded by lush mountains. width:640;;height:428
  • Approaching the tip of the penninsula, the sole unpaved road leads on toward rounded grassy hills with few trees. width:640;;height:480
  • Out at the tip, weather-beaten hills grow nothing but nearly psychedelic-green grass. width:640;;height:462
  • The tip of Coromandel. width:640;;height:480
  • ...more hauntingly-beautiful but stark rock outcroppings decorate a shallow bay. width:640;;height:480
  • ...another view of the calm bay at Coromandel town. width:640;;height:319
  • Many stately Pohutukawa trees stand magestically on Coromandel Penninsula. A unique native New Zealand tree, Pohutukawas sprout a mass of vibrant red flowers at Christmas time. Coromandel is one of the best places in New Zealand to see them in bloom.  width:640;;height:480
  • Pohutukawas often grow huge tufts of roots way up in their branches, which then reach down towards the ground. width:640;;height:480
  • An isolated beach under cloudy skies creates a bleak scene . width:625;;height:480
  • Beautiful golden poplar trees line the small river that runs through charming Coromandel town. width:640;;height:480
  • Cliffs at Whitianga glow golden in a clear sunset. width:640;;height:351
  • Tree-shrouded cliffs line the bay at Whitianga town. width:640;;height:480
  • Several inland roads lead through rolling countryside. width:640;;height:439
  • Large blonde grasses create unique-looking fields in many areas around New Zealand's North Island, like these on Coromandel. width:640;;height:480
  • Several large rocky islands lie just offshore near Coromandel town. width:640;;height:378
  • ...more jagged rock outcroppings. width:640;;height:464
  • Intermittently, visitors get glimpses of long stretches of the penninsula while driving the coastal road. width:640;;height:410
  • This view takes in the bay near Coromandel town with the penninsula's coast stretching to the north. width:640;;height:375
  • Large  Pohutukawa tress line a shallow river as it runs into the sea. width:640;;height:443
  • A beautiful undeveloped beach beckons solo visitors to stroll its golden sands. width:640;;height:454
  • Another glimpse of the hilly coast and cliff-hugging road. width:640;;height:406
  • Another view of the tip of the penninsula with its neon-green hills. width:640;;height:480
  • No matter where you drive, cruising the Coromandel Penninsula is a wonderfully scenic outdoor adventure. width:640;;height:437
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