The Coromandel Peninsula is blessed with hundreds of natural hideaways and is an ideal place to slow down, relax and unwind. Protected rainforests shrouded in mist and marine reserves ensure the region’s natural beauty is well preserved; and the coastline is simply spectacular. From the hot springs that bubble up from the sands of Hot Water Beach to the high-arched cave, the natural wonder, that links Cathedral Cove to Mare’s Leg cove. The Mercury and Alderman Islands off the Coromandel Coast are surrounded by drop offs and rich reefs, home to stands of magnificent black coral, big game fish and the occasional orca. Water visibility here can reach beyond 30 metres and the islands are a popular cave diving destination.