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Coromandel, New Zealand
Coromandel is the name of a town and harbour on the Coromandel Peninsula on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. They are 75 kilometres east of the city of Auckland, although the road between them, which winds around the Firth of Thames and Hauraki Gulf coasts is 190 kilometres long.
The town was named after the HMS Coromandel, which sailed into the harbour in 1820. At one time it was a major port serving the peninsula's gold mining and kauri industries. Today, the town's main industries are tourism and Mussel farming.
Coromandel Harbour is a wide bay on the Hauraki Gulf guarded by several islands, of which the largest is Whanganui Island.
Tourists are drawn to the town for Barry Brickell's train ride, safe beaches, recreational fishing and Main St of cafes and art shops.
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