Coromandel is a small town of 1,000 inhabitants on the peninsula in the north of New Zealand. It lies on the shores of the Firth of Thames at the Wilson Bay and is a weekend retreat space for the people of Auckland. Administratively, it belongs to the Thames-Coromandel District. The town's name dates back to the British ship HMS Coromandel, which dropped anchor here in 1820 for the first time to take the valuable for shipping Kauri wood on board. 1853 gold was found in Coromandel of the woodcutter Charles ring for the first time. With the establishment of the Martha Mine at Waihi in 1879 the Gold Rush to the peak of Coromandel had over 10,000 inhabitants began. The Census 2006, the city came in at 1,476, an increase of 39 residents since 2,001th The city has a small port that is mainly used by sailors. At the entrance to the harbor is a small archipelago located among others with the islands of Whanganui, Motutapere, Motuoruhi, Rangipukea and Waimate. Today Coromandel for its handicrafts and tourism is known.