Nurse in New Zealand: Coromandel

As most nurses know the North Island boasts the Coromandel Peninsula. It 85 kilometres north from the western end of the Bay of Plenty and forms a natural barrier to protect the Hauraki Gulf and the Firth of Thames in the west from the Pacific Ocean to the east. Nurses and doctors will notice that almost the entire population lies on the narrow strips along the Hauraki Gulf and Bay of Plenty coasts. The country’s biggest city, Auckland, lies on the far shore of the Hauraki Gulf, 55 kilometres to the west. The peninsula is clearly visible from the city in fine weather.

Steep and hilly, and covered in temperate rain forest. The mountains known as the Coromandel Range form a spine for the peninsula at almost 900 metres high. Beyond the northern tip lies the Great Barrier which is separated from Cape Colville on the peninsula’s northern coast by the Colville Channel.

The peninsula is close to large centres of population such as Auckland to the west and Tauranga to the southeast, its rugged nature means that much of it is relatively isolated, and the interior and northern tip are both largely undeveloped and sparsely inhabited. A forest park covers much of the peninsula’s interior.

Numerous small islands and island groups lie offshore, such as the Motukawao Islands to the northwest, the Alderman Islands and Slipper Island to the southeast, and the Mercury Islands to the northeast.

The peninsula is close to the Auckland Volcanic Field, which exhibits a gentler style of volcanism. Geothermal activity is still present on the Peninsula, with hot springs in several places, notably at Hot Water Beach, in the central east coast between Whitianga and Tairua.

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