Got a thing for Lord of the Rings? A two-hour drive will find you on Bilbo Baggins’ doorstep. Wander around the lush pastures of the Shire and dine at one of the attraction’s homely cafes.


Spookers Haunted House

Less than five minutes’ drive away lies Spookers, New Zealand’s year-round haunted attraction. Prepare to be scared out of your boots!


Awhitu Lighthouse

Enjoy a one- hour drive through coastal rolling pasture, with plenty of photo opportunities on the way. Awhitu Lighthouse is the perfect place for a sunrise or sunset picnic.


Karioitahi Beach

Karioitahi is a popular swimming, sunbathing, fishing, horse riding and motorbiking spot for locals. Make the most of seeing this west coast, black sand surf beach with spectacular clifftop views only 15 minutes’ drive from Punchbowl.


The Pinnacles

Hike one of New Zealand’s most beautiful hidden treasures just over an hour away, near Thames. Traverse gorgeous scenery to reach the top of the Pinnacles with mind-blowing views of the horizon.



If you fancy spending a little more for a unique, adventurous or romantic experience while you’re out at Karioitahi Beach, look no further than Agave restaurant, Bersanti Day Spa and Castaways Glam Camping or Adventures for a relaxing, intrepid or exclusive experience.



Continue your journey from the Pinnacles over to the popular Coromandel towns of Whangamata, Pauanui and Whitianga, or continue on to explore other east coast beaches around the Coromandel. A popular summer holiday spot for locals; be prepared for stunning views as you enjoy great swimming, great coffee, and a great atmosphere.


Auckland City

It’s just under a one-hour drive (without traffic!) to Auckland’s CBD and the options are aplenty! Catch a ferry and head over to popular tourist spot, Waiheke Island, for a quaint NZ wining and dining experience, or shoot over to Rangitoto Island for a hike. Head up to the top of the Sky Tower, or bungy jump off the Harbour Bridge – the choice is yours!