COLC is situated a short two hour drive from Auckland city, on the Coromandel Peninsula, one of the most beautiful areas of New Zealand. The school is based in the small, safe seaside of Whitianga, a popular summer holiday destination. Students are often surprised and delighted by how informal and friendly the local people are. Relaxing at the beach, watching the night sky, exploring the bush and coastline are all part of students’ enjoyment of Whitianga.
What makes Whitianga a great place?
In the Coromandel Peninsula nature’s on your doorstep. From the surf beaches of Waihi and Whangamata, to the rivers and forests of the top of the Peninsula, there’s a multitude of natural environments to explore.
Some of the activities you can enjoy here include heading to the ocean for swimming, surfing, fishing, water sports or coastal walks. Going inland for bush walks, tramps and cycle/mountain bike trails. The Hauraki Rail Trail is an easy grade, scenic cycle and walking track through beautiful Kauaeranga Valley. It’s a great way to safely enjoy New Zealand’s clean, green forest environment.
You are also able to explore our past. Learn about local Maori and pioneer history at museums in the nearby town of Thames, an old mining town. Discover the development of mining, logging, railways and shipping that made the area what it is today.
And off course the Coromandel is also home to the famous Cathedral Cove, as secluded beach cave that features in many advertisments of New Zealand if not the world. A must see!