Call of the Coromandel
Pristine beaches, gorgeous mysterious forests and an overall relaxed atmosphere make The Coromandel Peninsula on New Zealand’s North Island is an ideal place to escape the daily grind.
Just a hop skip and jump across the gulf from Auckland, it rightfully earned its place as one of New Zealand’s favorite holiday spots – and with Accor Vacation Club members too who choose to check out the Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort!
The area is famous for diving and snorkeling, with an underwater world rivaling anything you’ll find above land.
Whanguanui-aHei Marine Reserve in Mercury Bay, is a popular location, with calm waters and beautiful reefs just below the surface. The 7 islands of this bay boast a diverse range of underwater life including turtles, moray eels, stingrays, marlin and kingfsh, and submerged caves and drop-offs will delight divers who like a challenge.
Novice divers and snorkelers will revel in Gemstone Bay, where a beginners’ snorkel trail is available pointing out the way and key details with the use of buoys and information panels. Want to know what fish just swum by? There’s a panel for that too!
There are also multiple boat cruises, kayaking tours and fishing spots to explore if admiring the ocean from above is more your style.
Walk the Walk
If you love exploring new regions by foot, then check out the Coromandel Coast Walk. A 7 hour return hike, this coastal walk is truly spectacular allowing an opportunity to appreciate the peaceful natural beauty, beach vistas and sparkling bar highlights from the ridges of the Peninsula. Stony Bay and Fletchers Bay mark the start and end points of the track, and both are hidden jewels in their own right.
If you are looking for a more leisurely option, there are many shorter walks or more casual strolls available. For example, just 3 kilometres from the Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort lie the golden sands of Pauanui Beach, one of the most popular on the Coromandel coast. The beach is perfect for a morning or afternoon walk, as well as ideal for an ocean swim, surfing, boogie boarding and stand-up paddle-boarding. Or maybe just sitting and watching the world go by…
Put a spring in your step
If spa life is more your thing, then the natural variety is not to be missed when in this part of the world. The Lost Spring Geothermal Spa in Whitianga is a naturally heated spa with rejuvenating thermal waters reaching the surface from the deep earth below. Combine this with soothing waterfalls and beautiful floral and you’ll be blissed out before brunch time! For those who prefer a traditional spa experience indoors, the destination boasts many great day spas with a range of local and traditional treatments to enjoy.
Treetop serenity and stargazing
Solitude and quiet nature are usually what people love most about staying at the Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort, one Accor Vacation Club’s most popular hotel destinations for Members.
This luxury lodge is an ideal base to explore the Coromandel Peninsula and its surrounds, set on 25 generous acres of mostly untouched, pristine New Zealand bushland on Mt Pauanui.
Two-hours drive from Auckland the resort is touted for its seclusion and ambiance. Many a guest has spent their evenings stargazing from their private decks, with some selected chalets offering a memorable treetop experience!
Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort completed a soft room refurbishment in 2018, introducing some beautiful, fresh soft furnishings and accessories for Members to experience on their next visit.
Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort combines boutique elegance with retreat style tranquillity. It offers the ultimate environment for you to take time out to restore, indulge and completely relax.
There is also an award winning restaurant on site, Miha, for those who want to enjoy great dining in an unsurpassable location, an onsite tennis court, heated pool with views of the Coromandel Ranges as a backdrop, and gymnasium, spa and sauna facilities.
The resort’s elegant bar is welcoming, complete with majestic fireplace for those cosy cooler evenings, while a stunning sunlit deck off the main building is the perfect place to soak up the view before the sun sets below the treetops.
To plan your next holiday escape visit www.accorvacationclub.com.au
Address: Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort
Mount Avenue, Pauanui Beach, Coromandel Peninsula
Phone: 0064 (0) 7 864 8088
The information in this article is not personal financial advice and has been prepared without taking into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any particular person. Before making a decision to purchase or upgrade a membership in the Accor Vacation Club, you should consider the PDS dated 1 January 2017, issued by A.P.V.C. Ltd AFSL 245515 and available at www.accorvacationclub.com.au or by contacting A.P.V.C. Ltd on 1800 70 81 90. All hotel and cruise bookings are subject to availability.