Welcome to our latest dose of Coromandel Goodness! We’re passionate about bringing you the best news, from the Coromandel’s coolest people, and the best local businesses and community groups doing good things on the Coromandel. Whether you’re into good food, the Coromandel’s creative side, adventures or the outdoors, its all goodness here, we promise!
Tairua Beach Club has quickly made a name for itself with fresh flavours, homegrown produce and a great vibe. We talk to Chef Graeme Riki about what it takes to create a successful restaurant.
Talking with Tairua based NIS practioner Summer O’Brien about a revolutionary way to treat common symptoms like intertility, asthma, vision, depression and learning difficulties.
Business is booming for mariner Mat, find out what is filling the wind behind the sails of Boom Sailing
Dhyana Muir has many strings to her how, she teaches yoga, is a talented painter, makes jewellery, runs wellness retreats, and is also a photographer and writer. In this article Dhyana tells us how following her heart as led to wonderful things on the Coromandel.
Just out from The Garden Shed’s one year birthday, we catch up with Greg Pilcher and talk plants, bees, surfing and collaboration. Good things are happening at the Garden Shed in fact its Coromandel Goodness to a T!
A journey into the magical world of Donut Island, Whangamata with SURFSUP New Zealand.
Mint Whitianga opened their new exhibition in true Coro style last Friday with good food, cool local brews and live music.
We experience the new 'Cook Your Catch' service at Marina Bar & Grill
Talking endurance, community and family with the founder of New Zealand's toughest one day cycle race - the Coromandel's K2.
A move to the Coromandel has given artist Charlotte Giblin a new direction and vision that she is sharing through her creative talents.
An in depth talk with one of the Coromandel's tourism pioneers and community leaders Glenn Leach. Glenn talk's about his passion for the Peninsula, about leadership, vision and our future.
Two Whangamata men are teaching the next generation important foundation values, through our national sport, Rugby.
Mental health and depression are becoming a much more talked about subject. Coromandel Goodness founder, Carl Muir, shares his learnings from his own struggles with depression and some useful tips he hopes might help others one day.
Local girl and Coromandel Goodness contributor Emma Darragh visits her favourite rainy day escape, Hot Waves Cafe. "Hot Waves is therapeutic. We are better for visiting this place; more connected, more relaxed, well-nourished and inspired by the peace it provides. Long may this slice of Coromandel Goodness last. We love it."
Matt Sephton is the man behind the music; a sound engineer weaving strands of digital technology and sonic creativity to offer an audio production operation in a remote haven in rural Coromandel.
Today we launched a series of live videos talking to the people that make the Coromandel a special place to live, work and play.
Who better to talk to first than the visionary Alan Hopping from The Lost Spring.
Viv and Ed Eliot are a Coromandel couple living a true Coromandel Goodness love story. This is the story of their passion and commitment to two coastal locations: Tairua, on the Coromandel Peninsula, and a small island southwest of Timor, Indonesia. This is the story of their simultaneous connection and contribution to both places. Together they have created a unique lifestyle that brings the best of both worlds to themselves and those around them.
“It felt like coming home,” was how Elle Pier described the first time she set sights on Pauanui mountain. A California native, she discovered yoga as a student at University of Santa Cruz and in 2005 completed her teacher training at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica. It taught an interdisciplinary style, which she teaches in her new hometown, Pauanui Beach.
Bluenose would have to be one of the nicest eating fish around. They are a prized recreational catch off the Eastern seaboard of the Coromandel Peninsula.
In this quick 3 minute video, chef Nathaniel Blomfield shares four awesome Bluenose recipes
Meet Ashlee Strange; the born and bred beekeeper’s daughter from Tairua, who is soothing the skin of many with her homemade honey scented skincare.
Meet one of the Coromandel's true modern day legends. Ryan is captain of the Bivouac-Inov8 Adventure Racing Team, ranked in the top 20 worldwide. To showcase Whangamata’s natural beauty, perfectly suited to multisport, and to fund their international races, Ryan and teammate Bex Law founded Whangamata Events. They deliver the Whangamata Adventure Race, Multisport Challenge and Adventure Rogaine, as well as a number of paddling events on the water. Ryan has also found a way to share his passion with adventure racers of the future. He works as an outdoor education and Te Reo teacher at Opoutere School, near Whangamata.
Meet Gary Hinds, a local bloke from Boat Harbour Road, who’s lived his whole life in the Coromandel, and has created a thriving, world-serving surf lifesaving club that shows no signs of slowing down. It’s a good thing too, because the tourists are coming in droves.
Donna Brooke was inspired to make a sea change from Auckland three years ago. With a background in 5-star accommodation and a deep-seated value of Kiwi hospitality shared with Chris, they decided to create an intimate retreat for special guests, showcasing the stunning heights of Tairua.
Luke’s Kitchen epitomises that elusive Coromandel essence people instinctively recognise. Luke is just happy people enjoy it. “I created a place I thought I’d like to go. I think it’s cool that other people like it too.” Read about Luke's story here....
One of the Coromandel's best chefs, Nathaniel Blomfield creates a 4 course kingfish feast with todays catch
Living in Tairua has offered completely different inspiration to life in Auckland for artist Reina Cottier. “In Auckland I was making art in my garage. I tapped into something inside of me. Now I’m tapping into a whole new level. I am more in tune with the ocean, the bush and the mountains. It feels like I’m stepping into who I really am.”