Take the SH25 and you'll be on the road to the Pohutukawa Coast and the Coromandel Peninsula. The peninsula is an area of great beauty, diversity and contrast which divides the Hauraki Gulf from the Bay of Plenty. Divided by the Coromandel and Moehau Ranges, the east and west coast are strikingly different. The east coast provides sheltered golden to white-sand beaches and sheltered coves while on the wild west coast, cliffs drop to the sea seeming to cling to land only by the pohutakawa trees. Although sparsely populated, the region is ideal for independent travellers who enjoy the great outdoors. The abundant coast line provides ideal sites for boating, fishing, surfcasting and swimming in a temperate climate. Inland, the Coromandel Range is perfect for hiking, horse trekking and hunting for introduced wild pig.