Colville (North Island, New Zealand)

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Colville (North Island, New Zealand)

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Legends of shipwrecks and a rich maritime history

Over the years, Colville has seen many changes. Originally a pioneering timber town, it later hosted a community of hippies who were drawn by its beautiful isolated location. Situated on the northern top of the Coromandel Peninsula, it's now a thriving farming community and magnet for tourists who visit from around the world to hike around the secluded bays, go yachting in the surrounding ocean, spotting whales and deep sea fishing. The town has a rich maritime history, with legends of shipwrecks and gold digging, all waiting to be discovered near Colville vacation rentals.

An outdoor lover's paradise

The windswept landscape around Colville vacation rentals is just as beautiful in the blustery winters as it is in the warm summers. Weekenders from Auckland come to Colville and the Coromandel Peninsula to hike around the bays, camp on the beach, or take their yachts out to search for migrating whales. You can join a deep sea fishing charter that leave daily during the high season, or travel to the rivers in Waitawheta and Hikutaia to fly fish for brown and rainbow trout. During the summer, you can swim in the relatively calm waters or snorkel in search of marine life.

An area of outstanding natural beauty

Staying at a Colville vacation rental gives you access to the whole of the Coromandel Peninsula. Not far away, you can enjoy Hot Water Beach, voted one of the best beaches in the world. Here you can create a natural spa by digging pits which fill with hot water from underground thermal springs. On the western side of the peninsula, you can see the craggy Cathedral Cove, a truly natural wonder, which is best seen from sea kayaks. If you visit in September, you can visit the nearby Whitianga Scallop Festival where you can gorge on fresh seafood paired with New Zealand zingy white wines and live music.

Year-round escapes to the Coromantel Peninsula

The sheltered, maritime climate in Colville and the Coromantel Peninsula is mild. Spring time is warm and pleasant, perfect for walking along the beaches. The temperature becomes hotter and more humid in the summer, but the ocean stays pleasantly cool throughout. The sea is calm around this time, and allows travelers to scuba dive or sea kayak with marine life. As the fall and winter draw in, the climate becomes cooler, but the windswept coastline is still glorious, as are the thermal pools on Hot Water Beach.

High sierras and national forests

The Coromandel Peninsula is characterized by rocky windswept coastlines, eroded stone formations and golden sandy beaches. Fletcher, Waikawau and Kennedy are secluded bays that look out over the ocean. From the coast, the Moehau Range rises quickly and is blanketed by lush sub-tropical forests, lakes and waterfalls. If you are a bird lover, there is no better place to see kingfishers, grey warblers, oystercatchers, blue herons, and parakeets. During different seasons, you might even catch a glimpse of whales and dolphins frolicking in the sea.