So much to do and so little time...why not stay at Hush a bit longer.

Driving Creek Railway

The train has a one hour return trip up through the NZ native bush. The driver entertains you with stories of days gone by. The views at the top are well and truly picture worthy and once down again it is well worth pottering around the shop for a unique keep-sake.The Railway is straight across the road from Hush.

Waterworks

The Waterworks is the best day out for family entertainment. Located on the bumpy iconic 309 Rd the Waterworks is a quirky fun park full of water inventions. Take your togs (bathers/swim suit) on a summers day or even in winter rug up and marvel at the creations. Set amongst beautiful gardens and with a lovely waterhole for swimming it is well worth taking a picnic or enjoying their cafe and spending the day here. The Waterworks is a 15 minute drive from Hush.

309 Road

This road is located just as you are driving into Coromandel Town and is a gravel road that will take you over to Whitianga. It has many locally known attractions on it. Stu lives a few km along it with his wild pigs and is usually pretty happy to come out to your car and have a yarn about the pigs and his chosen alternative lifestyle. The Waiau Waterfall is worth stopping at and The Waterworks is on this road too.Whitianga side of the 309 is a large and popular fresh water swimming hole.

Gold Stamper Battery and Gold Mining Museum

Coromandel Town is founded on rich gold mining history. Find out all about it by going on one of Ash's famous tours at the Stamper Battery on Buffalo Road or take some time to browse the Gold Mining Museum on Rings Road. Both are only a five minute drive from Hush.

Coastal and Bush Walks, Beaches

Where to start... if you love beaches and nature then staying in Coromandel Town is your playground. Drive in any direction from Hush and you will reach a beautiful beach. Most are tidal so the best swimming is a few hours either side of high tide but if you drive a little further on SH25 you will reach New Chums Beach and Whangapoua. Think golden sand, incredible views and often not many people at all.

There are a number of bush walks close to Hush. At Long Bay is an easier stroll and you can see the giant Kauri Trees, in town there is the Kauri Block Walk which is only 15 minutes and on the 309 Rd are a number of walks with a delightful Waterfall thrown in the mix.

For longer walks that can even be guided, you may like to research the Coromandel Costal Walkway or The Pinnacles.

Dining and Shopping

Hush is only a 5 minute drive from Coromandel Town. Coromandel is a great place for foodies, we recommend Umu Cafe, Pepper Tree, Success Cafe, Chai Tea House and for a good pub meal Star and Garter. The two Fish and Chip shops are pretty good too with the one at the bottom end of town also selling fresh fish you could cook at Hush. Seasonally the Coromandel Mussel Kitchen opens and offers not only amazing mussels but a good menu to cater for most tastes.Only a short stroll from Hush is Driving Creek Cafe offering great coffee and fresh, organic, vegetarian food - yum!!

The shops in Coromandel Town will offer everything you need but it is probably worth stopping in Thames or Whitianga at a bigger supermarket if you have specific food items in mind. Weta is a must stop and browse, with Bridget offering a range of stylish home decor and jewelery type items. The Source is also a great wee shop for a take home gift.

Fishing

There are a number of fishing charters that leave from Te Kouma, 10 minutes out of Coromandel Town. The most popular are the mussel barges that take groups and tie up to the mussel farms with great snapper fishing to be had. 

Festivals

2nd January - Keltic Fair

A large market event with plenty of entertainnment, shopping and food. It is hugely popular so bring cash for your purchases and arrive early.

Seafood Festival

This event is held each year in Autumn with delicious sea food on offer, great activities for the kids and a cooking show.

Illume - Festival of Lights

Held in the July school holidays this two day event is a real highlight of the winter. with market stalls, great food options and spectacular fire works and live music. But the best bit are all the inventive and creative lights made by the passionate Coromandel locals.

Hot Water Beach

Do not make the mistake of thinking that Hot Water beach is in Coromandel Town. It is an hour and a half drive away. Take a shovel and dig for the hot water on the beach two hours either side of low tide. Take money for parking and do head to the cafe near by as it has great food.

Cathedral Cove

Just like Hot Water beach this beautiful cove at the beach is an hour and a half away from Hush. Once there you can access it by walking, tour boat or hire a kayak. It is a stunning spot but in all honesty driving to New Chums Beach, Little Bay or Matarangi which are all only 30 minutes or less from Hush are just as lovely and way less crowded.