Crimson pohutukawa fringing azure seas, a rugged mountain chain rising into the clouds and, at journey's end, a shady hideaway beside a peaceful estuary. These are the elements that make the Coromandel a place apart. Yet all is not sunshine in this slice of paradise. Making a living here is getting tougher, and as city-dwellers from nearby Auckland and Hamilton seek to partake of the area's tranquillity, people-pressure threatens to corrode the Coromandel's natural charm.
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