Welcome to the first in our Snapshot Series.

A feature designed to give you a visual snapshot of our favourite locations across the globe.

Simply scroll down and absorb each image but be warned, this insta-essay is likely to cause a strong desire to down tools and get yourself over here.

We’re kicking off the series with Instagram snapshots of The Coromandel Peninsula.

 TE TARA O TE IKA A MAUI

Known as ‘Auckland’s playground’ the Coromandel Peninsula is a rain forested spit which extends north from The Bay of Plenty and plays neighbour to New Zealand’s most populated city.

Just over a 2.5 hour drive from the big smoke and you’ll be able to dig your toes in the sands of remote beaches, hike through dense forests, to the top of a dramatic mountain range  and along rugged coastal paths.

Now the more seasoned readers of Wanderlusters will know that the above description sounds like heaven to myself and Ben, so it will come as no surprise that when we were asked to house sit in one of the most spectacular parts of this natural wonderland we accepted without a second thought.

But what is it about this paradisical part of New Zealand which captures the heart of those who live and work there?

Would you like us to show you? Here are our 14 favourite moments …

NUMBER ONE

Hiking in the shadow of the archaic trees which line the coast at Matapaua Bay.

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NUMBER TWO

Paradise found at Sandy Bay.

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NUMBER THREE

Peaking through the leaves and across the meadow atop the coastal cliffs by New Chums Beach.

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NUMBER FOUR

A view across Matapaua Bay.

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NUMBER FIVE

Ben relaxing on the grass after a hike across the rocks at Matapaua Beach.

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From our base on the edge of the small village of Kuaotunu we explored much of the surrounding coastline by hiking the remote trails, driving the rugged 4×4 tracks and snorkelling in the azure blue shallows.

Each new adventure offered another location undisturbed and undeveloped. Pure heaven for Wanderlusters.

NUMBER SIX

Charli paddling in the crystal clear waters of Matarangi Beach.

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NUMBER SEVEN

Driving through the dense ever-green forest on the 4×4 track to remote Waitaia Beach.

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NUMBER EIGHT

Hiking down the rugged coastal cliffs at Matapaua Bay to explore the beach below.

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NUMBER NINE

The hunt for scallops proves a challenge when it is discovered that the water temperature was much cooler than expected!

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NUMBER TEN

Although the hard work and chilled extremities proves to be worth it when sampling the fruits of Ben’s aquatic exploration.

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NUMBER ELEVEN

Back on dry land and hiking out to explore a remote bay next to Sandy Beach.

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NUMBER TWELVE

The view from the top was well worth the hike. Looking down over the northern edge of Sandy Bay.

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NUMBER THIRTEEN

Our 4×4 explorations take us past a farm where on foot explorations reveal some inquisitive inhabitants.

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NUMBER FOURTEEN

One of the most spectacular sunsets we saw during our stay. The end of a fantastic day swimming at Otama Beach.

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With such a range of landscapes in which to loose yourself, the Coromandel has to be one of our favourite spots within this picture perfect country.

Having spent much of our time exploring the coastline on the north eastern edge of this 85km stretch of land, our desire to spend more time here has blossomed  into a bucket list certainty.

So why not escape the city and soothe your soul with a visit to the Coromandel? I know we’ll definitely be back for more.

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram for more awesome #travelgrams.

For more fantastic imagery from our travels in New Zealand why not hop over to the tempestuous shores of White Island, or to the glacial waters of Lake Tasman?

Alternately visit New Zealand’s Department of Conservation website to find the perfect place to set up camp and explore the peninsula yourself.

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Have you spent time on the deserted shores of the Coromandel Peninsula? Share your thoughts and comments with us.

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    • Benjamin

      My mouth is watering with the memory Ted! New Zealand’s seafood is so delicious.

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    • Benjamin

      Thanks Meg! We stumbled across those guys when exploring the dirt tracks that line the coast. They were such entertaining little characters! Although rather muddy!
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  1. Sher

    Love this series! Sometimes its easier to just carry around your phone than a heavy DSLR. my canon mkdiii weighs a TON (which i wish i had realized before purchase ha)

    -Sher
    travel and photo blog: http://www.shershegoes.com

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  2. Gemma

    Ah, how I miss the Coromandel! I lived here for eight months in 2007/8, returned in 2009 and met Jean Robert, my other half. Your photos bring back plenty of lovely memories and experiences we’ve both had here. The snorkelling for scallops photo (and caption) especially made me smile – Jean Robert spent a lot of his time on the Peninsula diving/snorkelling for crayfish. Like with Ben, it’s all worth it if there’s a tasty supper at the end!
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    • Ben | Wanderlusters

      Cheers Rob. Life on the Coromandel is pretty sweet so it’s no wonder we managed to capture some great shots!

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  3. Bret | Green Global Travel

    Remote, green & uncrowded? Looks like our kinda place! In light of our recent trip to see the swimming pigs of the Bahamas, that piggie close-up shot is easily my fave.

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    • Ben | Wanderlusters

      Not once did we see another soul on our hiking expeditions. We felt so blessed to have that superb landscape to ourselves.

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    • Ben | Wanderlusters

      Thanks Meagen. I have to say that water was ridiculously cold, despite having a wet suit on I had a bad case of the goose bumps!!

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  4. SGJ

    I have to say this site improves with every post. Now it’s become real quality in all respects….superb.
    Said without a hint of nepotism?

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    • Ben | Wanderlusters

      Cheers guys! We’ll be sure to #followback!! Looking forward to checking out your insta-adventures!

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    • Ben | Wanderlusters

      Ha! Thanks Henry, glad we’ve helped to inspire a trip to the Coromandel for you at some point in the future!!

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    • Ben | Wanderlusters

      Thanks Jennifer! They’ve turned out great and really highlight the natural beauty of the area.

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